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So this project is SO CLOSE!! And yet… total fail.
With all of our furniture finally back in its place after construction, it was clear that the wall above the television needed a little somethin’ somethin’. I had a vague idea for some large scale graphic art similar to these:
After I saw the last one, I realized we had the perfect image to use: the architectural plans from our addition.
I sauntered on down to Staples and had an industrial print made to enlarge these bad boys. (If you don’t know about industrial prints, you should… they only come in black and white, but you can make anything ginormous for less than $5!) Because the size of our enlarged plans weren’t standard, I had to make my own frames. I kept it pretty simple: I cut some trim to size using our miter saw, glued the corners, filled the cracks, painted them black and added hooks.
Here’s where things took a turn for the worse. It was a gradual decline, but an “F” nonetheless. I used this repositionable spray adhesive on the plans to adhere it to some foam core that I’d cut to size.
I considered some fancy picture frame-y way to attach the mounted plans to the frames but ultimately just used a thin bead of tacky glue around the edge.
I thought I’d nailed it. Everything looked great.
So what’s the problem? A few days after I hung them, I noticed this: wrinkles. I’m sure I didn’t use enough spray adhesive and without a second set of hands, the paper obviously wasn’t pressed down enough. Our crazy weather certainly doesn’t help, but still… super annoying. I’ll also take this opportunity to point out that one corner isn’t square… you put down your right angle for one corner. Sheesh.
I still really like this concept, but I’m not sure how to pull this one out of the weeds. I could definitely just remount another set of plans and be extra careful with my glue. Do you guys have any ideas? So close… and yet so far.
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