Wednesday, June 26, 2019

One Hour Wall Makeover

Y'all (no, I am not southern but prefer a good y'all to you guys), I have not posted a project in a month! The reason for my hiatus, I am not sure?? I have been busy and I guess needed a break from staging pictures, editing, and writing. But, I have missed sharing with you, so I hope to be back. 

And my first project to share with you is this quick, easy, inexpensive wall makeover.
Add a Pop of Color to a Wall with an Old Map

This little stair wall leads up to our library. It is next to where our TV is and I am afraid to admit, I see it more often than I should. I planned to put reclaimed wood on it, even had it cut, but decided I wanted something a little more fun, so I decided to use an old, vintage map that I got at a garage sale. I do live in an old schoolhouse, so maps and globes are a favorite of mine. Plus, blues and aqua colors are my favorite so this map is a great way to add some of that.
Use an Old Map for Wallpaper Using EASY Homemade Wallpaper Paste
I made a homemade wallpaper paste that works great and does make removal easier than typical wallpaper paste. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Mix 2 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch in a quarter cup of cold water and add to the boiling water. bring the mixture back to a boil, stirring constantly. Let it cool complete and then apply it to the wall using a foam brush or clean rag.
Homemade Easy Wallpaper Paste
While the paste was cooling, I cut the old map to fit the space. I temporarily attached it to the wall using poster putty. I used a sharp box cutter to cut the map to fit the space. I had to add an extra piece to the lower right hand side. I also had to patch a few spots where I cut too much of the map. 
Easy Wall Makeover
This little desk and a basket of blankets sits in front of the wall so it really is a just a subtle accent, but I love the fresh color. This paste works great with fabric, old book pages, engineer prints, etc. and a small space takes less than an hour to transform.
Add a Pop of Color to a Wall with a Vintage Map


  1. Such a fun idea, Becky! I would never have thought of using a map as wallpaper!

    1. Thanks! I was scared I was going to ruin it, but I ma happy with the results. No bubbles or wrinkles.

  2. Very creative! I have always loved maps, especially old ones. Funny thing though...I can't read a road map!!!! Hubby says I am directionally challenged...and he is so right!

  3. Very Innovative use of the maps it looks really nice and creativity at it best.


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