Paris is Always a Good Idea

This was a project I completed a while ago that I haven’t revealed yet. I am a huge Restoration Hardware fan, however it’s no where near my budget. I fell in love with their oversized map of Paris but at $3000 I knew I had to recreate it on my own. I bought a large canvas on clearance from Michael’s and used it as the base to mod podge my map onto.

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Here is the royalty free map image laser printed page by page.

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I started by painting a border on my canvas using dark grey paint as my canvas was a little bigger than the map.

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I used the matte finish mod podge to apply each map segment, page by page and row by row.

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Once the mod podge dried I was left with a new looking map…it needed a little antiquing.

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I tinted the mod podge with some acrylic paint and used that to make the edges of the pages look stained and discoloured.

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Once I was happy with the antiquing process I painted the border again getting closer to the map edge using more dark grey and also an antique gold.

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I was so happy with the outcome and it only cost around $100.
I hope this inspires someone else to create their own masterpieces!
I would love to know what you think!

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