What is better than old maps and salvaged architectural pieces? Nothing, right? What about putting the two together to make a DIY Architectural Wall Map for your home?!
I mentioned in my Painted Gray Dresser post that I have been wanting to change some things in our living room and behind our sofa has been on my mind for some time. I wanted to add something substantial there without spending a ton of money (of course). I am hoping to find something that will work perfectly this spring or summer, but for now, this DIY Architectural Hanging Map is fitting the bill.
Whenever I am out on a hunting adventure and can find architectural pieces and old maps that aren’t too expensive, I pick them up. I found this pair of corner pieces at a yard sale last year. The man at the sale said they came out of an old house he renovated years ago.
These corner pieces were perfect to hang a map on because they had a “lip” to staple the map to on the back.
I started this project by tea staining one of the maps in my stash.
It wasn’t an old map so I wanted to “age” it a little bit.
(I could have sworn I took a picture of the back of the corner pieces and how we stapled the map to it, but after going through my camera six times without finding any pictures, I don’t think I did. UGH! Sorry about that.)
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That’s it! Easy peasy and done in about thirty minutes!
The hanging map really fits over our faux mantel well.
After we hung the map, I started adding a few Easter decorations around the house.
I had to share this little basket I put together for $1.58.
Yep, it cost $1.58! (I get excited about decorating on the cheap!).
The rabbit was a TJ Maxx clearance find last year for 70¢ (yes, some of the green has been rubbed off his ear, but I didn’t care. I can easily paint it and will hopefully get around to that soon. If not, I am not going to stress about it 🙂 ). The basket was a thrift store find for 88¢ and the ceramic Easter eggs were a curbside pick-up…… FREE!
Like I said earlier, I have wanted to fill this “void” on this wall for a long time and I just kept coming up empty-handed. Sometimes, I think I just need to remove everything from each room and rearrange. Other times, I feel like I need to wait for yard sales to start up again and find something new and amazing. Whatever it is, it will happen and I will figure it out. It takes time and this DIY Architectural Hanging Map was what my time and budget wanted to allot right now. I always get like this after a long winter. Being cooped up makes me want to refresh the entire house!!!
If you don’t want to make your own, I found some beautiful wall map ideas online:
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