Thursday, December 27, 2007

Maps as Wallpaper

What a clever way for a map lover to decorate a room: use old National Geographic maps as wallpaper!

From somewhere in the midwest, this home renovator says, "You will find out that I love maps. I just think they are beautiful. For years I had been saving the maps out of National Geographic Magazine and I used them to paper the walls in here. I sealed them with a couple of coats of water based poly so I could wipe them clean."

Check out the before and after photos at Home Again-Vintage Treasures



At Thursday, December 27, 2007 , Blogger Dug said...

Great idea! I wonder though what it means that the only used map wallpaper on low areas that are prone to water damage. Would a true map lover do that to their maps?

At Tuesday, January 01, 2008 , Blogger pedalpower said...

It was so funny to come across this..this is my bathroom! To answer the comment above:
I would never have done this with valuable maps. My FIL and I have saved maps from National Geographic for years, so we have multiple copies of most of these maps. I figured I would enjoy them every day if they were on the wall. And I do..they have held up well coated with the poly.

At Tuesday, January 01, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Pedalpower: how do you feel about having a famous bathroom?

And, Dug... I think you just need a better aim...


Thanks for the comments!

At Friday, January 04, 2008 , Anonymous travelina said...

National Geo doesn't make map wallpaper (yet!) but they do sell these REALLY big mural maps of the world, if you have a wall that's at least 110" wide and 76" tall:

At Friday, January 04, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

I actually purchased real map wallpaper once. It was the whole world (like your mural) and was designed to go floor to ceiling. I planned to put it up in the family room of my house (several houses ago). However, we moved soon after the purchase, then Germany merged, and the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia disintegrated and it was all so out-of-date I didn't want to use it. I still have it stored away somewhere...


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