Vintage School Map

September 14th, 2019 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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My new frame brings the old map back to life.
A beautiful old school map becomes a stunning wall accent.
Using a vintage sign makers lettering kit I painted North America.
New frame with rusty hardware.
The original roll up mechanizm at the top was broken and the wooden dowel at the bottom was cracked. As you will see in the following photo I fabricated a new top and bottom frame.
After painting the frame sections, all the boards were lightly antiqued. The screws and washers were rusted to give them a more authentic appearance.
I found this vintage lettering kit at a flea market and it is one of the most useful things I have ever come across. I’ve used it in dozens of my creations.
My new frame brings the old map back to life.

My new frame brings the old map back to life.

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2018)

My old elementary school closed a few years ago and I had the opportunity to buy a map that hung in my first grade classroom. After acquiring such a sentimental piece, I decided to build a new top and bottom frame, with a few of my own vintage touches.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2018)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, wood, frame, historical, map, jim healy, junk architect

Comments (8)

Dominique writes: I love what you did to turn an already fabulous find into a beautiful piece of art! Posted: 4:37 am on December 17th
Dinantiques writes: I LOOOOOVE this old map! And, especially the frame you constructed for it. Lucky you for getting your hands on such a magnificent piece. Talented hands too. Posted: 4:46 pm on November 18th
just_old_stuff writes: Jim, I LOVE what you created at the top and bottom. The black is perfect and really highlights the colors in the map. I collect vintage school maps, science charts, etc. Would you be willing to build a few for me? I will send you several photos of what I have.
Great work, Jim!!! Posted: 3:57 pm on November 7th
gadgetsponge writes: Museum-worthy Jim! And the font that the lettering kit provides is a classic, retro font. Black was a great choice for the fixtures. Posted: 4:47 pm on October 26th
birdcolor writes: I love this so much! I have several old maps and one that I didn't know what to do to hang it! Now I do! Thanks for sharing! Posted: 4:00 pm on October 11th
MakinItHappen writes: Cool recycle of this map! And what attention to detail. I would not have thought of rusting the screws. Posted: 7:59 am on October 8th
georgiamoon writes: WOW!!!What a fantastic addition to your home. It is beautiful and I love old maps. You did such an awesome job with the lettering and frame. It looks as old as that map...which is ancient since it was there when YOU went to school!!! hahaha! Great piece Jimmy!!!

Posted: 7:18 am on October 7th
suewhitney writes: Love, love, love, love!

Posted: 6:19 am on October 7th
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