Monday, October 21, 2013

Adventurer's Night Stand

 I wanted to call today's post, One Night Stand which is what it is. But you know how search engines are.

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. 


In retrospect I'm sorry that I didn't take the time to copy these maps and not actually cut the atlas. But the paper had a nice quality I wanted to maintain at the time. Seeing the finished product though I doubt that slight detail would have made a difference.

Hindsight...and all that.


What you can't really see in these photos and what I didn't see until I went to put the drawers in was that the map on the bottom drawer was upside down. Which wouldn't have mattered except that I used a section of map that said "East Indies" in large letters.

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.





4 comments:

  1. aMAZing. I have no other words to describe how much I love this piece. If it turns up missing, you'd have quite a few friends and family members as suspects... you know the love of old maps run deep and wide.

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  2. tip on mod podge on paper...paper expands when it gets wet ..you can see this as it curls up a bit after applying mod podge...wait for a few minutes and it will relax and lie flat again then apply to your project. It will reduce if not eliminate the air bubbles.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! My biggest problem with projects is being impatient (my husband will attest to this) so I'm working on that. :)

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