Anyway, this is a sad little piece of furniture, is it not? Dull. Dated. Drab. I was wondering what to do with it. I knew I'd paint it but as I looked at it those little details on the drawers seemed like frames to me. I decided to put something in them that I love...
Maps. You can even see a giant one rolled up in the background in this photo.
But first I had to remove the old shellac finish from the top, sand and stain it. Now, the fun part.
Oh yes, and removing hardware. NOW the fun part.
I wanted to paint this piece the color of an old map. Well, when I got out my collection of atlases (read travel nerd) it was harder than I thought. Some map collections are heavy on blue and others green. But this atlas, had just what I was after, a faded time worn turquoise. I had something close left over from the mirror in yesterday's post so I added a blob of bright turquoise acrylic and a shot of brown.
I loved how subtle it was. Once the piece was painted I set about adding the maps using Mod Podge. Am I the only person who can't use this stuff? I always have air bubbles. While I waited for them to dry I waxed and aged the main piece.
Hindsight...and all that.
I know you just keep showing up to bask in the glory of my imperfection.
I tore small pieces of leftover map just big enough to cover the words and it is impossible to notice.
Once the Mod Podge was dry I waxed and aged the drawers. Here's how it turned out.