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From Old Bulletin Board to Framed Map Art

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From Old Bulletin Board to Framed Map Art

Hi there, everyone! Hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend if you’re in the U.S.–if not, I hope you had the kind of lovely weather we had here in Maryland. Today I am sharing the third in a series of five painting projects that I’m working with DecoArt on. Over the past two months, I posted the following two projects that you should check out when you’re done here:

DecoArt Satin Enamels and Metallics Paint Lines

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In my previous two DecoArt posts, I experimented with two of their brand new paint lines: Americana Decor Satin Enamels and Americana Decor Metallics. When I’m browsing online for potential paint colors, I always look for real pieces that have been painted with a color I’m interested in. I want to see how it looks in different lights and on different materials. A computer-generated paint swatch just isn’t enough for me. That’s why I’m excited to be testing out another color: Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black!

Today’s project is also a little different because it is an upcycle tutorial as well. I turned an old bulletin board from a Good Will pile into this lovely map art for my husband’s office. I’ve wanted to do something artsy with a map for a while, and this seemed like a great project for the Classic Black paint.

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

Here’s what I used for this project:

And here’s how I did it.

(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding and working with wood, and wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand. Do not use any tools without proper training, precautions, and supervision.)

Step 1: I used pliers to remove the staples from the back of the bulletin board so that I could separate it from the frame.

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

Then I gave the frame two coats of Satin Enamels in Classic Black. After the second coat was dry, I did some minor touching up on spots where the distressed white part of the frame was still showing.

Note: The Satin Enamels instructions say to lightly sand between coats when painting on raw wood and to lightly sand already painted or sealed surfaces before applying. I sanded lightly before the first coat and before the second coat.

Step 2: To size the map, I laid it over the bulletin board piece and marked where to place it. Then I gave the bulletin board piece a very generous coating of spray adhesive (outdoors!) and gently smoothed the map out onto it.

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

Step 3: Once all of the bubbles and wrinkles were smoothed out and the glue was completely dry, I flipped the piece over and used a rotary cutter to cut off the excess map paper from the sides. You can use scissors for this, but a rotary cutter made it so much easier to get a clean cut.

Step 4: Pop the map piece back into the frame and use a staple gun to staple it in place from the back. I used 1–2 staples on each side. I didn’t want to go overboard, but I wanted it to stay in place.

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

And that’s it! What a makeover:

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

Thank you so much to DecoArt for providing the paint for this upcycle project!

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Classic Black

If you’d like to try out some Satin Enamels colors, they are available in Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores right now. Start checking A.C. Moore by June 24th and Michaels in August!


This old bulletin board was destined for the Good it's beautiful map art! See how I did it with the help of a pretty paper map and some DecoArt Americana Decor paint in Satin Enamels!

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Sue at Blu

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

I love this project! Maps are so hot right now!

Brittany Merth

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

Probably because no one is using for their intended purpose anymore ;) Thank you!

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