Pottery Barn Knock-Off Giant Map

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I got a request to made this GIANT map from an Etsy customer…..
She seen my smaller USA hanging map 
I have listed and ask if I could recreate it on a larger scale.  Of coarse I said YES! I'm always up for a fun challenge....
Please excuse my poor hanging…this was the only wall large enough to hang this 80”x 60” wall art.
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This project is a Pottery Barn Knock off….the original can be found HERE for $349
{Which I think is a very fair price considering the time and materials it takes to recreate}
I think I came pretty close to recreating the original for
a fraction of the price…..
I’m excited to share with you how to make your very own!
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First you will need some 1x4’s.
You could always tear apart free pallet wood or
you can purchase pine 1x4's  for between $3-$5 for a 12ft piece. Cedar is also a great option for around $1 per 6ft
I used 9 pine 12ft 1x4’s.
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I used my compound sliding meter saw to cut
 the 1x4 in various lengths.
No precise measuring here, I just used the PB picture as a guide.
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This thing is HUGH! It measures 80” x 56”. There is 16 1x4 strips. I left most boards one long length, some I made 2 cuts and some  3.
Remember this will be cut in fours so it will create even smaller boards
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I use two 12ft 1x2’s to hold the whole thing together. These were $7 each.
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I cut up the 1x2 and slid it under the boards in 4 areas…I just secured it enough to move it, paint it and cut it up.
I used one box of 1 1/4” screws and screwed them
 to the front because the
original has visual nail heads adding to the character of the piece.
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Then I stained it using my vinegar/steel wool stain. It brings out a different aged look on each board and will darken
even more once it is sealed.
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Next I used my projector to trace the outline of a map. This is my favorite way to add giant art to walls in my home.
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I painted one coat white. The stain will seep thru giving the white an automatic aged look….a second coat
will be needed after it’s cut.
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Mark the center………
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and cut it into four pieces. 
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Now you’re ready to secure all the loose boards.
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I cut pieces of the 1x2 and secured a few areas with screws.
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See the back…..
Two D-rings will be added to the back of each section to hang.
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Once it’s all secure, I gave the white areas a second coat to cover the extra screws added and I stained the cut areas and applied another coat of my vinegar stain for a darker look.
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Then each section got distressed with my palm sander.
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Finally 2 coats of Poly and it’s ready to hang or in my case ship to my customer Smile
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I used 2 D-rings on the back of each section…..
Here's a great easy way the hang a double hanger picture from the girls At the Picket Fence
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Isn’t it pretty?!
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Paint, stain, sealer and screws I had on hand but I think all materials total was a round $50-$70. I worked on this project over a few days but I think working non-stop you could complete in a full day  I did have fun making this but I would say that the Pottery Barn’s price is well worth the price if you want to save  the time and materialsSmile

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25 comments:

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

wow! very beautiful, and a lot of work indeed!

Kat said...

That. Is. Awesome!!

Paula Corley said...

Love this project! I am going to give the steel wool and vinegar a try!
Thanks for sharing...
Paula

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

super awesome, I love it!

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

You've combined two of my favorite things: Pottery Barn and maps! :) Love it! Great job girly! I just saw you on the 'Man up Link up' and am your newest follower! :)Have a great week!

Kathryn J Cain said...

this is way beyond cool....amazed at the effort and details...I love it and want to do one

Recreate and Repin said...

This is so wonderful. It looks just like the Pottery Barn version! Love!

Celia said...

i was about to pin it into crafts and then looked at all the hard work it took (and tools) and decided just to comment on what a great job YOU did. Keep up the good stuff!

houseontheway.com said...

You go girl! This is great! I love a good PB knock off! I'd love for you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. It's every Tuesday through Sunday. Hope you can stop by!
Leslie

DIY Show Off said...

Michell! It's gorgeous! You always do an amazing job. Love this - rustic and awesome!

Connie said...

I was just out looking at sites that my newest follower, follows and I came upon your blog. It is truly amazing. Why is it that HGTV has not offered you your own show?
I am in awe of your talent.

Your newest follower #2510 WOW!!!
Have a sensational weekend,
Connie :)

At The Picket Fence said...

Um totally fabulous! You are amazing! I think I may need you to make me an Alabama one for my hubby when we get moved. ;) glad my little hanging tip worked for you!

Heather

Crystelle Boutique said...

it's MORE than pretty...
It i absolutely fabulous!!!
I am so inspired.....!!!

Crystelle
http://www.crystelleboutique.com

Nicole {WonkyWonderful} said...

Wow! You did an amazing job! I am impressed.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is a great knock-off! Last time I was in PB, I snapped a picture of this to knock-off myself someday...you beat me to it by a long shot ;-)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

this is so seriously cool! honored to be featured with you at tt&j today. :)

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Krugthethinker said...

Awesome! I love maps, and I am really impressed by the look of this one. Great project!

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

Love this! Great job! Visiting from Knock Off Decor.

NeeCee said...

Awesome! Love everything about it! Found you at my daughter's site, Trendy Treehouse, just joined your site! Would love to have you visit me at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com :) NeeCee

Laura Beth said...

This is AWESOME! You did a fabulous job :o)

Aimee said...

That is so fantastic. I LOVE IT!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Wow, I love it when you do large wall projects. This looks fantastic!

Warmly, Michelle

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

LOVE this! You did a great job! I love find ways to create Pottery Barn look-a-likes for less.

Melissa Viscount said...

Hi there! Your PB knockoff map is so cool! I've had my eye on this in the Pottery Barn catalog for months. I knew I could make it just haven't gotten around to it! Definitely will be using your tutorial. I wanted to let you know I featured it in a 20 Best Pottery Barn Knockoff post today on Two It Yourself. http://www.twoityourself.com/2014/01/20-pottery-barn-knockoff-diy-projects.html

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