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Large Framed Engineering Prints

We finished our dining room recently, and hands down my favorite part of the room is these large framed engineering prints.  They are SO inexpensive, and make such a huge impact in the room, so I thought I would share how I did these for roughly $25 per frame – photo and frame included!

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Large Framed engineered prints

Large Framed Engineering Prints

If you are new around my blog, then you may not know that I am the queen of EASY decor and DIY in ways that can make a room look finished and polished without spending a fortune.   I firmly believe that a home that is well decorated doesn’t have to pop right out of the Pottery Barn catalogue.  

If you mix the right DIY’s and inexpensive items into the mix you can make a huge impact for a small price tag.   This was a project I had been wanting to execute for a LONG time, and just wanted the right spot.  

large framed prints in dining room

I truly think that the size of these pictures for scale on the wall is what makes the inexpensive nature of them work so well.  Adding such large artwork really makes the room look polished and put together. 

Also – I know that some would say that you shouldn’t have family photos in your formal dining room, but for me I don’t really care and have done it anyway!  I love the way it looks and thats all that matters. 

Large framed engineered prints

Since doing this – it has gotten super popular and I see it all the time, WHICH I LOVE!! I would love to see any you guys do.  

How to Make These

You need to first pick your frame.  I went with this one from IKEA for $20. (ours is 24×35)

– We added a 4th baby this past year, and it was time to add her to this wall, and in doing so I realized that they no longer have the exact frame, but one that is a bit boxier.  I went ahead and ordered 4 brand new frames and will update the post when they get in. 

Then choose your photos.  You need to use high-resolution photos.  So unless you have a camera that takes those, plan to use photos from a professional shoot.  This is a really important step because if you don’t do a high resolution photo your pictures will be really grainy. 

large framed prins on dinging room wall

Order engineering prints.  I ordered mine from Staples online for roughly $4.  Engineering prints are on paper and not necessarily photo quality (in fact you will get a warning not to order photos when you’re ordering – be a rebel.  do it anyway).  

I have heard some feedback that sometimes they wont let you order these, and other times they will.  I am about to order all 4 of our kids pictures again, so yet again I will report back on the end outcome!

 Note – I believe they don’t offer the exact sizes of many frames.  If you choose a photo with a good amount of negative space you will be fine to trim the photos!

Dining room with large framed engineered prints

Tada – that’s it.  Seriously you guys, its honestly that easy!! And I love that the photos can be changed out for $4 as my kids grow! Let me know if you have any questions on this.

 I know it was a super simple little how – to, but it really makes a statement!  Make sure to check out the rest of our dining room for how I tied in these large framed engineering prints, and subscribe to see more great DIY posts like this!!

We have since updated the dining room and I will be sharing all the details on that  here soon and will update the post with all the details – but if you are going to IKEA and looking for another great IKEA hack,  be sure to check out how I turned a simple IKEA piece into this gorgeous cane cabinet!

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura
    July 30, 2018 at 11:58 am

    This is such a beautiful idea! Did you make the pictures black and white before having them printed?

    Thanks,

    Laura

    • Reply
      Arin
      August 1, 2018 at 6:50 am

      I did make them black and white prior so I could make sure they were the right shade 🙂

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    Amanda
    March 27, 2019 at 6:34 am

    This is an old post but love your photo wall and I’m doing something similar. Do you recall how large your photo engagements were? Ikea sizing is so strange…I see you tagged the Ribba 19x 27…is that matted for 16×20?

    • Reply
      Arin
      March 27, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Hi! So I just measured for another follower/reader and I did a 20×30 print. I just made sure that the photo I was printing would be Okay if the edges were cut off a bit on either top or bottom or both and each side! I hope that helps and you love the end result!

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        Ashlee
        October 7, 2019 at 9:34 am

        I tried doing the blue prints a few months ago and they called and cancelled my order. They said they no longer print on blueprint paper bc it would break their machines. I think lots of people started doing it and they decided they could make more money. ???? I used CVS and just printed them on poster size paper it was around $20 each.

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          Arin
          October 7, 2019 at 2:16 pm

          Oh my gosh thank you!! I need to ask a friend who just did them where she did hers, and I will update the post!

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    Morgan
    June 26, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Didn’t you buy a a mat separately? If so, where was that most cost effective?

    • Reply
      Arin
      June 26, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Hey! Sorry they have since changed that frame style – so at the time they had matting!

  • Reply
    Ahinii Lizarraga
    September 15, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Hi, can’t seem to find where engineering prints are on Staples website, would it be blueprints?

    • Reply
      Arin
      September 15, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Yes! Sorry, I need to edit the post because they have changed the website.

  • Reply
    Laurie Gruber
    January 9, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I was just on their website, and these are you only size engineer prints they offer.

    18” x 24”
    24” x 36”
    36” x 48”

    Which sucks, because I also need a 20×30 inch print, but they don’t offer it.

    • Reply
      Arin
      January 10, 2020 at 10:46 am

      Hi Laurie,
      If you order the 24×36 and pick a picture with a good amount of negative space around the edges you can still do it! I believe that is what I ended up having to do, thank you for the reminder!

  • Reply
    Jen
    February 6, 2020 at 9:46 am

    I love your dark ceiling and we are about to do the same in our dining room. Do you remember what color this is? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Arin
      February 16, 2020 at 9:07 am

      Hi Jen – the ceiling color is –
      Behr Ink Black

  • Reply
    Andrea
    April 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Blueprints are back! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Reply
      Arin
      April 4, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Oh yay!!! Thank you for letting me know!

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    Lisa Scott
    July 10, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Where did you get your rug? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Arin
      July 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      hi – it is from Ruggable

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    Brooke
    September 2, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Hi! I did this exact thing but having a hard time with glare on the photos. Did you have this issue and if so, what did you do to fix? Photos look great! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Arin
      September 3, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Hi – are you having a hard time with the glare from the glass?

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