6.03.2013

DIY Restoration Hardware Map

Ever been to a Restoration Hardware? It looks like this:



Yeah.

So after a walk through you're just like:

Then you look at a price tag.

One of my favorite things in the store is thier huge street map of old Paris. 


Unfortunately this girl doesn't have $1,800 to spend on wall art. Thus:

1. So the first thing you're going to want to do is find the map you want to use. You're going to want it to be really, really large so make sure when you're searching to set your search tools to larger than 4MP. 

When you find the one you want, you have two choices:
a. If you have Photoshop, use the guides to split the map up into sections that will fit on a single page. The bigger you want it, the more divisions you'll need to make. I ended up using 35 pages. After you've placed the guides, copy/paste each section onto individual pages. Then print!

b. Convert the image to a PDF. When printing, select that you want a to print as a poster. You'll be able to choose what size you want to the final product to be. Then print!

2. Trim those edges! Kinko's has paper cutters that will make life soooo much easier and you can use them for free! 

3. Lay out the papers edge to egde and measure the length and width. Mine was 70.5 x 40 inches. 

4. Go to Home Depot grab an employee and find MDF in the lumber aisle. Ask him/her to cut it down to your measurements. It's a free service!!! While your at HD be sure to grap some hanging supplies! 

5. Gather all your supplies!


6. Get Mod Podging! I started at the top corner and worked one page at a time. 

Brush the Mod Podge onto the surface, then onto the back of the paper and adhere. Smooth out the page to prevent any bubbles. Once you've got all the pages down put another layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal it all in.

7. Get your hot husband to figure out how to hang it. Hold the level when he needs you to. 

8. Hang your masterpiece and enjoy!!!

Oh yeah... this cost a total of $43. So... $1757 in savings! 


8 comments:

  1. love this. i totally pinned it to pinterest and tagged you in it.

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    1. Oops. I forgot that Eric was logged in and published my comment then realized it wouldn't actually delete the whole thing. Whatever.

      Anyways...I am obsessed with restoration hardware stuff and have plans to make tons of furniture for our new home! We'll see if that actually happens haha. Your map turned out great!

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  3. Umm... Holy Impressive!!I die every time I go into Restoration hardware. I'm obsessed with only EVERYTHING in it and then realize that I'm definately on a diy budget!! I'm surprised the ink didn't smudge did you use a specific type of paper?

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    1. I know right? it's a delightful misery going into that store. But nope! I did use a professional printer and the ink had plenty of time to dry, but it was on regular old printer paper!

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  4. Wonderful! Looks fabulous! Glad that you have a finished project!

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  5. The absolute best tip in this post is to adjust the size in Google image search. Makes life so much easier! Working on an 88" x 54" 1897 map of Alaska right now.

    Another great link is www.maphistory.info - tons, and I mean tons - of maps. Some big, some small, mostly vintage. You wanna click on the 'Images of Early Maps' link on the left, and then dive in head first!

    Thanks again for the great tip.

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