I have accepted a challenge along with some of the most lovely ladies I have met through blogging! Our challenge was to do something with a map. I flipped and flopped between so many different projects and then settled on a Vintage Map Photo Frame.
Vintage Map Photo Frame
When the project challenge was put out there I instantly wanted to paint some furniture and go crazy with my paint brush but unfortunately, the weather here in the Blue Mountains, Australia, is not being very paint friendly!
- Old Mirror
- Americana Chalky Finish for glass Whisper
- Americana Chalky Finish for glass Relic
- Paint Brush
- Old Vintage Map – I found this Vintage Australia Map over at Knick of Time. Angie has a whole range cool maps to choose from.
- Silhouette Cameo or Script stencil
- 120 grit sanding block
- Spray Varnish
- Small Wooden Pegs
- Scrapbooking Double Sided Tape
After my recent Kitchen Mirror Sign , I had another mirror lying around that was begging me to do something with it, along with a few wedding photos that were also just asking me to do something with them.
To start off making your Vintage Map Photo frame, give the entire mirror a wipe down with some alcohol wipes to give it a nice clean. Then using the Whisper Glass Chalky Paint 2 coats. Then finished off with the Relic Grey. Reasons being that when I go to sand, I wanted the cream to come through.
Handy Hint: With this particular paint you need to let it dry for about 4 hours in between coats but I sped the process by using my hair dryer to dry it a smidge faster.
Once dry I sanded the entire piece and then stencilled on the script stencil that I made using my Silhouette Cameo.
Now let’s move on to the map! I found this super cool Vintage Map over at one of my favourite all time blogs, Knick of Time, where Angie has some AMAZING printables for you to use in your projects! I spotted this Vintage Australia Map and thought it would be super cool to do a project with it! So in saying that I downloaded the printable and then opened up my favourite photo editing tool Pic Monkey, and then uploaded it.
Using the text button I typed out the words “Where it all began”. Using the zoom in button I pin pointed exactly where hubby and I met, with a heart!! Yes, I know hopeless romantic RIGHT here!!! I faded out the lettering and the heart a little so that I could see the map coming through the lettering and sent it straight to print on a A4 piece of paper.
After trimming the edges, I used some scrapbooking tape to stick it to the mirror and then used some white lace to frame the top and the bottom. I used some thinner lace and attached the photo’s with the small wooden pegs.
You could also use a wooden board or old fence pailings instead of a mirror. The possibilities are endless! As always I love to hear how your project turns out! So feel free to let me know how it goes in the comments below.
Don’t have time to make now? Be sure to PIN for later 🙂
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