Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Map Project

A couple of years ago in the Pottery Barn catalog, there was a couch with a beautiful old map framed above.  The map was huge, the size of one the teacher use to pull down in school.  I have always wanted a big map and have my aunt, the antique auction lady, looking for one.  As I wait, I decided to use Cavallini Gift Wrap for my small map subsitute.  I bought three of these maps at Amazon for $4.50 each,  The size is 19 x 28 and I could only find one frame between Michael's and Hobby Lobby that would work.  These frames were black but I held out until they were on sale for 40% off and then I had a coupon for another 20% off.  I sprayed painted them Heirloom white but this turned out too bright, which meant adding some stain to darken the white.  Then the stain was a bit too dark, so I sprayed a towel with the spray paint and wiped over the frames.  It is better but I think I am going to have to find another color to repaint.

My hubby will be so proud and shocked, I used a level and a tape measure to get them just right. 

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The nest pillow on the couch I made this past winter with my embroidery machine.


  1. I love the maps. I once wallpapered my sons rooms with maps. This looks really nice.

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  2. The framed maps are such a lovely touch. Cute pillows.

  3. I remember that PB catalog picture, too. Your framed maps capture the feeling of travel and exploration so well. Congrats!

  4. I love it. I always love Maps in home decor. They are so nautical and worldly. It looks great. I found you thru the csi project.

  5. I love decorating with maps. You did a great job!

  6. I'm totally copying that - gorgeous idea!

  7. Maps look great! You are so creative!!

  8. Great Idea! My husband and I have been talking about how to incorporate a map or a globe into our decor somehow.