Vintage framed map / $100 Room Challenge / Week 3

Learn how to make a vintage framed map. Full tutorial on how to distress it, make it look old and how to frame it for cheap.

It is already the third week of the $100 Room Challenge and things are not quite going as planned. My tools are all in my shed. And while it is heated, snow and cold temperatures (it went to -40 degrees Celsius with the wind) complicates my work.

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Although making a vintage map was not in my original plans, I had indeed the idea of installing a framed picture above the fireplace ( see week 1 )

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I was looking for what I could hang there that would not be too expensive, but big enough. I remembered the DeLong’s wine posters my husband had bought a long time ago. Yes, we checked and he bought them in 2008! Both posters are 24 “x 36”, so not always easy to find a wall where to install them!

Seriously, my husband is a big fan of wine and these maps are really extraordinary. You should see the new posters in the form of a metro map.  It’s a great gift for a wine lover and it’s done so that even beginners can understand the oh-so-many wine regions. And no honey, we’re not buying another, sorry !!! 😉

How to give a vintage look to the map

Materials

Now, Mr. De Long, I apologize in advance! I could have used your beautiful map directly without any intervention, but it was stored in the tube for so long that when I took it out, it ripped!!

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As I often say,  everything happens for a reason! So I thought to give it a vintage look!

How to do it

Place parchment paper on your work surface.

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Add a few grains of instant coffee.

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Place the map on top and add black coffee with the foam brush until the map is thoroughly wet.

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Once it has softened, feel free to fold it and rip it some more!

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You will see the instant coffee grains appear through the map. When you find that the grains look pretty, transfer the map on a clean surface to let it dry.

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When it’s dry, use the Stazon ink to add colour where the map is ripped and folded.

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Framing the map

Materials

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How to do it

Cut the moulding to make a frame around the masonite like this:

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Dyed and varnished the mouldings (the pink blanket is completely optional! Haha)

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Screw masonite to the 1 “x 3”. These will be used to secure the frame. I could have used a plywood instead of masonite, but I wanted it to cost as little as possible !! You can also see Shanty 2 Chic‘s tutorial that inspired me and how they make a frame with plywood.

Also, drill a bigger hole for the head of the screw with a larger bit. Sometimes, I drilled too far … oops!  No worries, it won’t show with the map on top!

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It’s after this mistake that my husband showed me his countersink drill bits kit. I could have made these holes in only one step without any mistake! Now I know! And so do you!!!

This way, the screws are flush with the masonite.

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Here is what it looks like once the 1 “x 3” are screwed.

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Then it is better to take the time to paint the outline of the masonite because the map shrinks slightly after drying.

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How to install the map on the masonite

When the paint is dry, just glue the map with Mod Podge. I used an old credit card to spread the Mod Podge. This is really faster!

** Tip: place the map and start by gluing center. It’s easier that way.

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When the map becomes humid with Mod Podge, place it on the masonite and rub it to bring out the creases.

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Then install the moldings by nailing in the 1 “x 3”.

And Voilà!

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I was originally supposed to install the map on the shelf of the fireplace, but it seems that this project will not be part of the $100 Room Challenge this time for all the reasons listed above.

So I installed eyelet screw and a cable in order to hang the frame.

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If you noticed, at the beginning, I said my husband had bought two posters. It didn’t take much longer to make a second vintage framed map!

But the second one will not part of the $100 Room Challenge. I have surprised my husband and installed this one in his office at work. 🙂 This is the  Wine Grape Varietal Table. It’s a table to see at a glance the various selections from wine and how they relate to each other.

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Budget

The frame only cost me 11,58 $ to make. Amazing no?

CAD$ (total) USD (total) Where
1×3 and 2’x4′ masonite sheet 11,58 $ $9.26 Home Depot

Still to come

The adventure continues! Will there be shiplap behind the television? To be continued next week!

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