Navigation’s the Key!
On Day 10 of our 31 Days to a Beautiful Home series, we’re looking at how maps and ships can be used to make great home decor!
Over the summer, I found a great, old wooden ship at a local flea market. I fell in love with it and two of my boys argued over who got it for their room!
My oldest son won and therefore I decided to go with a nautical theme for his room. But, it needed to have a more mature look…not the typical nautical themed bedrooms for boys. Because I had already used them in another bedroom makeover, I immediately thought…maps…
I found this great map, which just happens to be a sheet of gift wrap! I picked it up at the Ballard Designs retail store in Tampa for $4.50. It has a bit of a vintage look, so I felt it would go great with the old wooden ship.
Then, I hopped over to Ikea and found this Ribba matted frame that was the exact size that I needed! I had never used one of Ikea’s larger frames, but let me say that it is great! It has metal clips that reinforce the frame. I was really impressed with the Ribba frame.
While there, I also picked up a Ribba Picture Ledge. I bought the 45 1/4″ ledge, but you can also get it in 21 3/4″. I wanted to put the ship on the ledge. Here is the framed map, the ship and I also added the weather station that I refinished in this post.
I’m thinking some other vintage maps in various sizes would be great to add to the display, creating a collage wall.
You should definitely check out Ballard’s other sheets of gift wrap. That had numerous choices…not just maps. They’re great to create an inexpensive piece of art for your home!
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