When it came to staying within a budget, art for the walls in my Charleston Room needed to be inexpensive. Using a thrift store frame, a little paint and some images I found online that could be used kept the total coast very low. I wanted the art to reflect Charleston and finding maps of the area from its origin up through present day gives a great Charleston touch.
Recently on Snickerdoodle Sunday Party, Colleen, from Lemon Thistle, shared her DIY Vintage Map. I loved her project and featured it at the next party. It gave me an idea of using maps for some wall art. While I love the look she had, I needed something smaller and I wanted to use several maps. I wanted to find a frame which would hold several photos.
It only took one stop to find what I was looking for. I found a frame at Goodwill for $4.99, but it was half off day on items 32 and below! You have to love those days! So, for $2.50 I had a frame with matting for ten photos. It has plexiglass instead of glass, but I was ok with that.
The first step in this project was to find maps to use. After a little searching online, I found just what I needed at SCIWAY. I found maps of Charleston, originally called Charles Town, from 1671 through 1949.
Lots more than I needed, but it was a great history lesson looking over all the maps! I chose nine maps and then searched for a current map of the area that includes the part of the city where we live.
Some of the maps were already a sepia tone, others I edited to match to give the project a cohesive look. I printed them as 4 x 6 pictures and then used a paper cutter to get just the right size for each opening in the matting.
The next step was to work on the placement of each map in the frame.
Once I liked the layout, I used painter’s tape to secure each map in place. I may or may not have gone overboard with the tape. But, I know they won’t slip and slide out of place!
I gave the frame a coat of off white spray paint. One coat covered it well. I used Valspar Riviera Dune Flat Spray Paint.
Before I put the maps and the matting in place, I used some medium grit sand paper to distress the frame.
I placed the plexiglass and then matting with the maps in the frame. The next step was to hot glue a line of rope around the inside of the frame.
I already had the spray paint and the rope. The images didn’t cost anything and the frame was $2.50! Making it into a map collage was a very inexpensive way to add some Charleston history into the room.
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Have you used maps for decor items? I hadn’t thought of doing this until I saw Colleen’s post, so thanks to her for the inspiration!
Charleston Room Makeover On A Budget Series~
Introducing the Series
DIY Extra Long Curtain Rods
Single Letter Monogram With Lace
Thrift Store Wall Curio
Coffee Table Tray
Chalk Painted Side Tables in Green
Annie Sloan Old White Coffee Table
DIY Open Frames
Rocking Chair Makeover
China Hutch Makeover