Just A Little Creativity: Mod Podge Map- Accent Table Before & After Makeover

Mod Podge Map- Accent Table Before & After Makeover

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I haven't had any furniture makeovers to share recently, because well, I haven't found any pieces I need for my home right now. But when I saw this cute little accent table at a thrift shop last week, I scooped it right up.

It's is solid wood, but it had a lot of water circles on the top, and was very scratched. I'm thinking it was used as a cat scratching post in it's past life, I dunno. 

Time for a chalk paint treatment. I didn't sand it at all, just dusted it off. 
I used my Annie Sloan's in old white on the outside, and duck egg blue on the inside cubby. I left the top unpainted, because I had a special idea for it. 

I have a collection of vintage maps from 1970's National Geographic magazine, all in various degrees of damage. I found a pretty one of South America that was nice on the top, but torn across most of the bottom, so I salvaged the good parts and mod podged it to the top of the table.
I simply brushed on the MP and laid the map directly to the top of it. I didn't cut it out beforehand at all.  

Once the map was dry, I simply flipped the table over and used an Exacto blade to trim around the top and get an exact fit.  

I didn't want it to look "too perfect" so I distressed it just a bit on the legs with a sanding block.

And just because I love great before and after shots...

Fabulous darling, just fabulous. 

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  1. The map really transformed the look of the table it is now a statement piece!

  2. Love this! Great idea, it really transformed the table into a show-piece.

  3. I am a little confused. Did you coat the map after it was applied? I am going to do a pallet table top with the map split over each pallet board so the it wraps the edges of each board slightly. I have only the single copy of this old 1950 map of Rocky Mountain National park and really need to get it right the first time!

  4. the distressing looks great - nice touch!