Have you all noticed the old looking map that sits on the fireplace mantel in our living room? I thought I’d talk a little bit about it today – in case you were curious about where it’s from and/or how we “antiqued” it. Hint: It was super-duper easy. Plus, it just happens to be one of my most favorite things ever. 🙂
This map is a copy of an 1880 “bird’s eye view” drawing of our hometown back in Michigan. I believe someone once told me the artist sat atop the tallest building in town (which was all of three stories tall) and drew out the city as it existed in 1880. I love it because 1) it reminds me of home every time I look at it, 2) it’s a great conversation piece – people are always commenting and asking about it when they come over, and 3) it’s a map – and maps are just cool. 🙂
I can’t remember exactly where or when I first laid eyes on it (I think it was in a book written by a local historian), but I do remember seeing it and immediately thinking “ooh I need that hanging in my house!”. I did a little research and found poster-sized copies available at our local museum’s gift shop.
The original copy came on typical poster weight paper, and was printed in black and white – which was perfectly lovely – but I wanted my map to look old and antique. The map was not expensive, but it wasn’t free either, so we were a little nervous about experimenting with different dying techniques for fear of making irreversible damage. Of course, my husband came to the rescue again and suggested copying it onto colored paper.
Could it really be that simple??
Yep. It was.
We simply copied the map onto a large sheet of antique gold parchment text paper from our local office supply store, and…
…that’s all it took – instant antique map.
Jordan was working for a surveying and engineering company at the time, so he had access to a machine capable of producing large scale copies, but you could always visit your local office supply or printing store and I’m sure they could help you out if you wanted to try this with something of your own.
Nine years later, I still love this map. The frame and mat are no longer to my liking, and we’ve been talking about making some changes, but I fear something will happen to it if I start tearing it apart – we had it framed, so neither one of us is exactly sure of the construction. I suppose we could just make a new one if it did get damaged, but for some reason I’m attached to this one. 🙂
What do you think of our map? Do you have a thing for maps too? Share with me below!