Sunday, October 2, 2011

Old Florida Nautical Map

A few years ago I bought this map of Cedar Key, Florida.  It was mass produced and made to look old.  I had originally planned to frame it but that never happened.  I have been dreaming of what the map would look like if I distressed it and made it really worn.

So I crumpled it up, torn and burnt the edges.  Burnt a few holes in spots and added some distressing ink around the edges.  The wrinkled areas also were rubbed with distressing ink.

I lazily slapped Mod Podge and placed it on a rectangular canvas. 
I went back over the edges with wood stain for an even more burnt look.

All of the shells were found in the Gulf of Mexico while scalloping.
The large ones are Horse Conch.  I was thrilled to find these.
The sand dollars were also found while diving this year.

This was a nice way to add a bit of my Florida in the house!

What's every one been up too?? 

I got a new laptop today and have lost alot of my blogging notes. 
 I would love to know of more parties that are going on.

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Artsy VaVa said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

I love those old or old-looking maps too. Funny how you can make something better by "ruining" it. Nice work!

Chantelle @ The Fridge Door Blog said...

I love it... I think I might need to give this a try. I certainly have enough spare canvases floating around in my studio with no inspiration for how to use them ;)

Thanks for the inspiration!

The 2 Seasons said...

I love this! What a great idea and it looks amazing. I have enjoyed your post I have been checking some out.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Awesome! You were brave to try that. It turned out wonderful!

Likes adventures said...

It does look really old--a great look!

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a fantastic map!

I would love for your to post this gem up on Fall In Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then come by and see my spectacular new spice cabinet.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The map turned out awesome!! And what great sea treasures you found!!!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Not just a map it is a piece of art!! Lovely job!!

Heidiopia said...

What a cool project! Love how much character you were able to add ~ like it was pulled out of a pirate's chest. :)
Visiting from BNOTP!
Heidi @ Show Some Decor

Robin said...

I have been wanting to do this for months but I haven't find the right map. I've looked on ebay but I really would like Tampa Bay or one of the islands or keys that we go to. Thanks for the inspiration and yours came out great.

Robin Flies South

jane said...

hmmm love the shells ,the map seems unfinished ,maybe rope or a shell accent ?? good idea tho,maybe a darker blue to outline?

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Lacy, what a creative idea! Love the burnished edges. The aged look really makes it!! This would be a fabulous piece in a home office. I am your newest follower; and I hope you will follow back. God bless!

once in a blue moon said...

it all looks wonderful~

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! I was very near Cedar Key this weekend! I live in Florida and love this gorgeous map! And guess what else...I have a bakers rack almost identical to yours! Wish I had your collection of fabulous shells! WOW! ♥

Anonymous said...

Nice job and how appropriate.

Pamela said...

That's so cute!!! I love it and I love you distressed it yourself too.

Looks great!

Pamela @

Karen said...

It looks great! those are some beautiful shells, its great to be able to find those beauties on the beach, they can be pricey when you find them in stores.