Feast your eyes on this, people. Gorgeous, right? And perfect for the spot above my sofa in the living room.
I wanted this. A lot. I did not, however, have $1000 just collecting dust, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. First I headed here and bought this. It set me back about $5o, but well worth it.
Its a wonderfully detailed pen-and-ink- type reproduction of Paris circa 1739. It was great fun pouring over the details the artist depicted (I know, my nerd is showing). It contains at least 25 panels that measure 16 x 20 each, so if you needed to, you could cover a lot of wall real estate.
After I laid the entire thing out on my living room floor, I chose the 9 center panels that I wanted to use. The other panels are tucked away for a rainy day when I need some maps and something to do. After I chose the panels (which, by the way are numbered nicely on the back in case you arent familiar with Parisian geography from 1739), I got busy placing them in these frames from Tar-jay. Just $9.99 each. A steal!
So, framing maps isnt rocket surgery, but hanging them can be quite a chore. I decided to use command strips to make it easy. People, command strips will send your picture hanging self to nirvana. Or zen. Or whatever. All you have to do is stick them to the back of your frame, measure, and stick them to the wall. Did you hear that? No nails! And when youve changed your mind and decide to hang an African tribal hat or whatever on your wall instead of the maps, there are no holes in your wall. I tell the truth, people. No holes and they dont take chunks of drywall with them, either. Whats even better is that if you dont quite get it right the first time, yank it off, straighten it up, and stick it on again (its like industrial strength velcro). Magic, I tell you. Pure magic.
So once I measured and got things where I wanted them, this is what I ended up with. The shot below gives you an idea of the scale.
This shot gives you an idea of the loveliness in my room.
I was very pleased with how it turned out and even more pleased not to shell out big bucks to get the look. You can do it, people! Trust me!