Months ago, I promised you some home renovation/design posts. I haven’t forgotten. Really.
It’s just that apparently decor is expensive and getting quality design photos requires me to clean my house, which has not been happening. I’ve actually done quite a bit in the home-beautification department– painting, arranging, hanging curtains– but I have yet to photograph any of my work.
So this weekend I made an effort and snapped some pictures of my most recent home endeavor.
I give you, the kitchen wall o’ maps (for cowards).
Our new kitchen has a very small breakfast area. I’ve been hunting for the perfect retro table for weeks without any luck. Most of the vintage options I found were too big or bulky for my itty-bitty space. I finally found this Formica and chrome table at a local antique mall. It has black hairpin legs, which the salesman told me is super great and hard to find but I really have no idea how true that is. I dig it regardless.
|Chairs from Ikea|
Once I had the table and chairs, I was intensely bummed out by the blah-factor in this room. Cream walls, cream tile, white tabletop, tan chairs. Blech. I just can’t handle it. I needed some color but after three recent paint projects (told you I’ve been busy!), I was over that too.
Then I read this post on decorating with maps from Kristen Howerton and got little DIY-butterflies in my stomach. I loved pouring over maps as a kid and I still have a few in frames that are scattered around my living room. Map wallpaper sounded perfect.
Seriously, this was easy-peasy. I used a razor to cut up a large (and rather dingy) atlas and overlapped the maps to create a collage. You may be thinking– but Mary Evelyn, what if you hate this in a few months?? What if you want to change things up? I’m far too cowardly to cover my wall with maps!
Listen to me: Don’t worry. The best part is– no glue! I used 3 rolls of double sided tape. That’s. It. This wall is completely coward-proof. If I hate it in three months I can pull it down without trouble.
Although I kind of doubt I’ll need to. Because, lemme be honest, I am totally crazy about it.