A couple months ago I picked up a giant vintage map of the Pacific Ocean at Scott’s Antique Market for twenty bucks. When I got home, I googled it and found the exact same one for over $300 dollars on Etsy (aaaand that’s exactly how I justify my thrifting addiction to my husband). Anyway, when I went to hang up the map, I noticed that there was another map under there!
I’m a day late for #ThriftScoreThursday but I snagged a huge map at Scott’s Antique Market this morning for only twenty bucks (!!) and I had to share. It had another map on the back so I carefully cut it off to use in another room. That’s a two-fer!! The map found it’s new home hanging above my greatest #thriftscore of all time, a 7 foot 1950’s sofa in perfect condition for a lil ol’ hundred smackers. Perfect start to a relaxing Master’s weekend. #HeartsAndSharts
It was a map of Kentucky and was taped and glued all over the place. I knew I wanted to hang it somewhere but didn’t want to spend the money on a frame, so I carefully cut it away from the other map and hung it on it’s own, vintage style.
The map is five feet long, so I used two 6 foot 1×2’s for the top and one 6 foot wooden dowel rod for the bottom, all stained in GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain. First, I placed the map face down and used hot glue to attach one of the 1×2’s to the back of the map.
Once the hot glue cooled, I flipped the map right side up and measured to find the placement of my string. I picked up the string in the rope section at Home Depot.
Once I decided how long I wanted my string, I placed it in between the two 1×2’s and screwed them at the top, making sure the string was on the outside of the screw….
…this way the string will be in there securely and won’t slip.
Then I tied the string in a knot and trimmed the excess.
Then I flipped the map back over and glued my wooden dowel to the back-bottom of the map. I could only find dowels in 5 ft lengths, so I actually glued and taped an extra 1 ft of dowel…
You can’t even tell when it’s hanging. When the glue was dry, I rolled it up a little bit and then did another line of glue to hold it in place.
I also snagged a little inspiration from the Design Legacy showroom at AmericasMart and hung the map from a vintage thread spool. I used a 1.5 inch tall vintage spool, a 2 inch screw and a wall anchor. I carefully peeled back the label on the top of the spool…
…slid the screw in the spool…
…so that half an inch sticks out the bottom.
Then I found my wall placement, set the anchor, screwed it in and re affixed the thread spool label with a lil’ Elmers. Boom.
It’s perfect for our main guest room. Oh, and meet one of my new lamps from the Codarus showroom.
It’s by Couture Lamps – I wasn’t able to find this one on their website but all of their lamps make me salivate.
This whole vintage hanging art thing can be done so many ways. If you don’t have a giant map, you could use a large piece of vintage fabric, or get some canvas fabric and add a block print or some text to it. The possibilities are almost endless. A lot of vintage-y consignment stores sell vintage inspired posters and this would be the perfect way to hang them.
Now excuse while I go hang everything in my house from vintage thread spools.