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DIY Rustic Frame For A Vintage Map

We made this DIY Rustic Frame for our vintage map and now, the master bedroom is coming along so nicely.

I’m thrilled you guys loved the mint nightstand as much as we do! You guys rock!

The latest project is another one that I absolutely ADORE. We had a blast building this DIY Rustic Frame for a Vintage Map.

I was inspired to create this DIY Rustic Frame for our Vintage Map for several reasons. One, it’s very “us.” We love history and we love traveling across the country, in fact we’ve driven cross-country four times now. And two, I also wanted some masculine elements to counterbalance the feminine ones like the mint nightstand. This rustic framed map creates the perfect balance for our space.

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic FrameNow about the rustic frame, Liz at Love Grows Wild recently shared her Rustic Industrial Chalkboard and I fell in love. Her rustic frame was the inspiration for my own. Liz also shares a great tutorial on how she made her frame.

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic FrameWe headed to Lowes and picked up some pine boards and worked out the frame. I stained the frame with Minwax’s Special Walnut. It was the perfect color for our rustic frame. To give it that industrial look, we also added the L brackets to each corner.

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic FrameAnd the map… I purchased it on Ebay. She’s a beauty. She’s over 100 years old and her colors are so lovely.

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic Frame This new piece of wall art is currently one of my favorite things. I’m so proud of the way it came out. Our master bedroom is coming together so nicely. I look forward to sharing more projects as we work on them.

Is there a piece in your house that you just absolutely LOVE? I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. I love the frame and the vintage map inside! So pretty! You two have been knocking out projects right and left! πŸ™‚ Great work!!!

  2. This is gorgeous, Chelsea! My husband loves maps, so I would love to make something like this for him as a gift. Your room is coming along beautifully!

    ~Abby =)

  3. Love it! The L brackets totally give it that industrial look… will have to pin this for future reference, think it would look perfect to make some frames like this for my son’s room (construction theme). That map is gorgeous. I can see why you chose to highlight it!!

  4. Oh wow, that is gorgeous and simple. It has me kicking myself on why I never thought of that!

    Manda Wolf @ Our Wolf Den

  5. I love this! I love the hardware and the frame and the map….and and, I love everything about it!

  6. So charming, Chelsea! I love the metal corners, too.
    I’m visiting you today from Project Inspired. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesdays and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

  7. I love the frame …and the map! I just purchased a Louisiana map from the 1800’s, but mine is a reproduction from Zazzle.com! I may have to “borrow” this framing idea!

  8. oh my word I am in love with this! this is absolutely gorgeous. I want one πŸ™‚

  9. I have such a love for vintage maps, and that frame works SO perfectly with this one! Great job!

  10. love this idea. I am going to be making a sign for my son’s first birthday and this would be a perfect frame. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Julie

  11. Chelsea, this is gorgeous! that map is to die for! You did an excellent job, and thanks so much for linking to me!

    xoxo Liz

  12. Chels, I love it! You are so stinkin’ creative!! This map has my name written all over it. I.must,copy-cat. πŸ™‚ Pinning so i can do just that!

  13. Love Love Love this map idea. It looks amazing…great job! I’m coming over from Blogtalk and will be sharing. Love your site!

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  15. So Pretty!!!! The whole space look so nice. The rustic frame and the old map gives so much style! I love it!

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty

  16. chelsea you have outdone yourself chica! I .love this map a frame so much, and they look lovely above your fabulous mint green dresser.

    xo, Tanya

  17. love this, chelsea! i am wanting to do a map of cali for my brother and his fiancee for their wedding- this look is so their style!

  18. This is so fun! My husband and I are both geologists and love to have maps around the house as decor. I love the dimension that the l-brackets add. Great job!

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  29. Hello,

    I love this idea and would love to make one for myself. However, I was just wondering if you did put a glass over the map or left it as is? What would you recommend? Thanks!

    1. Hi Natasha, I didn’t add glass because I don’t love the glare it creates. It’s totally your preference. Two years later the map is still in great condition πŸ™‚

      1. Could you tell me how the map sits in the frame? I have a very old very large map and would love to do this. Is there backing?

  30. I just ordered the map I want to do this project with! I’m new to DIY though so hopefully this isn’t a stupid question, I saw you said you stapled a thin piece of plywood as the backing, but did you attach the map to the plywood in any way or just pinched it between the frame and plywood? Thanks!

    1. Hey Deborah, it’s just pinched between the frame because I didn’t want to damage the map. You could add some double sided tape you’d like! Good luck πŸ™‚

      1. Great idea! Is their glass behind the wooden frame? If not would like to Kong’s how to do that?
        Thank you,
        D

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