We’re about halfway through our hallway/stairwell redesign, but I just finished this little project on the bottom of the stairwell that I wanted to share.
Our stairs go up to the master suite — which is the only thing on the 3rd floor — so very few people ever see it. Still, this wall is the focal point for Jeremiah and I. It’s close to the first thing we see when we wake up and the last thing we see before heading to bed. You can see it from the living room and it’s also the wall people see when heading to the guest bathroom. So, I’ve been wanting to put something special here. As soon as I saw Julia’s Engineer Prints on Chris Loves Julia, I knew that was it!
Here’s what that wall used to look like…
And now! If you have/use Photoshop and want some extra advice on getting them extra crips and clear, check out Julia’s tips. If you don’t have Photoshop, that’s cool too. I don’t and my prints turned out great. I can’t even stand how much I love having these prints on the wall. They make me smile every time I walk past.
I took photos of the girls against a white background. There aren’t any large bare walls in my house, so I just set up a backdrop using an old quilt. The rocking chair and dress are mine, so these are extra special photos.
Since I don’t have Photoshop, I just used my tools in Preview to tweak the photos a bit. I did use my DSLR, but the lighting wasn’t great, so I adjusted the exposure a bit before adjusting the saturation to get them black and white.
Make sure to resize your photos according to the project and/or size frames you’re using. I picked up some large 19 3/4″ x 27 1/2″ Ribba frames from Ikea, so that’s the size I chose. You’ll get a print much larger sheet than that from the printer, but the actual photo will be the correct size, you’ll just need to cut some of the extra white space.
I painted my frames using orange spray paint. **Full Disclosure: I had to touch up the paint after getting the pictures in the frames – grrrrrr to chipped paint!
I was looking to make a seamless transition from the living room to hall with my orange paint. It’s not an exact match to the feature wall behind the built-in bookcase, but it still looks great and I love the way the frames pop against that new icy white paint we’re using in the stairwell/hallway.
Jeremiah thinks the girls will be embarrassed by these when they get older, but for now they oooh and ahhh at them. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, but for now they’re my new favorite prints in the house!