I recently updated the look of our entryway by taking down a small gallery wall, and replacing it with one large statement piece of art, and adding a little extra organization as well. I love a good gallery wall, but I was ready for a change for this space. I recently found a couple of old city maps for the town we live in, and I knew they would be a perfect personalized piece of statement wall art. And they make a huge statement, each map measures 3 feet by 3 feet!
Here is what this space looked like before, and full disclosure, I never took the Christmas cards out of those frames after Christmas.
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I wanted a rustic look for the frame around this map, so I grabbed a few wel-weathered pieces of wood from my pallet wood supply. For the back of this wall art, I used a 1/4" sheet of Masonite that was cut slightly bigger than the map itself.
Then came the fun part, putting it all together!! Since I didn't want to do anything permanent with the map, I decided to just sandwich it between the frame boards and the back board. I used this Ryobi Air Strike finish nailer to nail the frame boards to the backer board, and through the map. And let me say, this may be my new favorite little power tool (and no, Ryobi didn't ask me to say that, I really just like it that much!)
Since this statement art is so big and heavy, I just screwed it directly into the wall studs at the top and bottom, instead of messing with adding hanging hardware. To finish off the new entryway look, I added a DIY hanging organizer from a piece of barn wood and white ceramic knobs.
Switching up a small gallery wall for one large piece of statement art has given our entryway a fresh new look. And a map of our town is a fun way to add a little personalized art to our home.
The entryway already feels more welcoming, and the single large statement piece of art makes the space feel less cluttered, but makes a simple bold statement. Tell me in the comments, do you use maps as decor in your home?