The Lifestlye Blog of "HaM"
This DIY project came from my love for traveling and my hate for my AC control unit that sticks out of a wall in the middle of my living room! I hate the darn thing, but I know that I need access to it in order to control the temperature of my home.
My solution was to build a custom frame that doubles as wall art to cover the control pad. I had always wanted a world map as wall art and I wanted to put pins on the places that I have been to. I’ve traveled to over 23 countries so far and wanted to display that on my map so I went online and ordered a map and hoped that my idea would work out how I pictured it in my head.
I built a frame using 1 by 12 wood strips I found at home depot for 99 cents each! I painted the sides gold with some Martha Stewart paint I had lying around and nailed them together. See the ugly AC unit? Maybe I’ll upgrade to those wireless pads one day, but for now, I have to cover this hideous thing up!
Take two foam boards and tape it together as seen in the picture below. Once taped together, turn it around and spray the adhesive on and lay the map down slowly to ensure you push out all the bubbles.
Once the map has dried, cut around the map with an exacto knife! Be VERY careful! I had an awful accident with this project for being careless and distracted and ended up slicing my knuckle. 4 stitches later and I was back in action. I’ll save the gory pictures for myself.
Measure and Cut the moulding to size around the map and glue it to the map. I used flooring moulding that had a ledge and allowed it to fit well. I then painted it gold the same color as the frame I created earlier.
Add hinges to the top edge of the frame and hung the map with the moulding onto frame and voila! Open to use the AC unit and close to become wall art!
Finally, I added pins to the places I have been to!
I love how everything turned out and think that if I ever move to a larger home, I will bring the map element with me by either painting an entire wall into a map and maybe using brighter colors to add more interest. I haven’t traveled much since I have had 2 babies back to back, but I look forward to adding more pins to my map!
Let me know your thoughts or comments below and thanks for reading!