Old houses are sometimes exhausting but always special, and you should definitely highlight all those things that make your home unique. For instance, your blueprints can make beautiful artwork when you display them instead of letting them sit in the closet for, say, the last four and a half years.
The previous owners of our home kindly gave Eric and me a pack of old photos and the original blueprints that their family used to build this place back in the 1960s. We kept them tucked safely away in the closet all this time, but I am happy to report that I now have our favorite blueprints out on display.
Framing and displaying your home’s blueprints is a quick and easy project. Once you find the right frame, it doesn’t take long to get those blueprints up on the wall where you can enjoy them.
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- Your blueprints
- Tape measure
- Poster frames (this frame comes in several sizes and colors)
- Microfiber cloth
Find the Right Blueprint Frames
Measure your blueprints and look for frames in the same size or slightly smaller. My blueprints were about 30×22 inches and I used two 30×20-inch black frames that I already had.
I love the simple mid-century look of this walnut frame. It comes in a variety of sizes, so you can probably find one to fit your blueprints. Here are a few options to consider.
Frame and Display Your Blueprints
Once you have your frames, clean them with a microfiber cloth. Fold the edges of your blueprints to fit if needed, using the frame as a guide.
Optional: Ironing Trick
If your old blueprints are wrinkly like mine were, you can try ironing them for a cleaner look. Test out a small area on the lowest iron setting with no steam.
Then insert your blueprints into the frames and hang them on the wall with a hammer and nails.
Here’s how my blueprints look hanging up in the downstairs recreation room. I nerd out for blueprints, so I love to see these exterior sketches of my house out on display. I think I need to frame the interior blueprints next.
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