I’m a tad bit obsessed with anything from Restoration Hardware. I’m a big fan of the “vintage industrial” look (mixed in with all sorts of random decor looks that I love), and all of the furniture and art from RH is definitely the epitome of this style. Something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time is make some Restoration Hardware inspired vintage blueprint artwork for my wall from our house plan. Our DIY House was a huge labour of love (well, it still is), and I thought it would be special to display the plan that started it all in a fun and chic way. With a bit of Photoshopping, I made it happen and I love my new art!
Not a graphics geek with Photoshop like me? Just skip this tutorial altogether, and let me make one of these for you by visiting my Etsy shop and buying the customized vintage industrial blueprint art! I just opened this shop up recently after being inspired when creating wedding invitations and graphics for my sister. I was a graphic designer before I had my kids, and I want to get back to it in a fun & lighthearted way! You can check out the shop for other printable, customizable goodies.
Here’s how I made my vintage blueprint art from my house plan in Photoshop (I’m using CS3):
First, I opened up the PDF of our house plan in Photoshop and chose a page from it that I wanted to use. I loved the look of the elevations page. At this point, you can erase or cut out anything on the image that you don’t want displayed (I eventually took out the logo on the bottom right hand corner of mine). You can also crop your page to the desired size and resolution you’d like. I made mine a 10′ x 8′ with 300DPI.
I clicked on the Image menu, then Adjustments > Invert. The black lines become white lines and my background is now black.
Then, I ensured the vintage textured background was the same size and resolution as my blueprint and I brought it into my blueprint artwork as a bottom layer. I then changed the opacity of the blueprint art layer to 50% so that my texture would show through and so that the white lines faded a little.
That’s it! So far, I’ve printed my DIY vintage industrial blueprint art at home and framed it, but I think I might have a larger version printed up and decoupage it to a canvas for something more substantial on my wall.
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