World Map Table

April 11th, 2010 in member junk     
JanieBV JanieBV, member
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I was so excited to purchase a plain wooden table with a glass top table at a garage sale last summer.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Its taken me more hours than I care to admit (at least 50-60) and I am sorely disappointed with the outcome.  I decoupaged old maps from the 60s, 70s and 80s on it, stained it, and put polycrylic on it to protect it.  It just turned out a little lumpier than I anticipated and not quite as beautiful as I had hoped.  Instead of showcasing it in my family room, Im thinking of hiding it in my basement rec room instead.  I had planned on displaying some old B&W family pictures and WW II letters in the top drawer.  Because the top is glass, whatever is in the top drawer is showcased basically.  The pictures really dont show all the imperfections, but in reality, they are quite obvious.
This is the table when I purchased it before I decoupaged it with the maps.
I havent  put anything in the top drawer yet as I am still debating where to put the table due to my lack of enthusiasm with it.
Old world map table.....
I was so excited to purchase a plain wooden table with a glass top table at a garage sale last summer.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Its taken me more hours than I care to admit (at least 50-60) and I am sorely disappointed with the outcome.  I decoupaged old maps from the 60s, 70s and 80s on it, stained it, and put polycrylic on it to protect it.  It just turned out a little lumpier than I anticipated and not quite as beautiful as I had hoped.  Instead of showcasing it in my family room, Im thinking of hiding it in my basement rec room instead.  I had planned on displaying some old B&W family pictures and WW II letters in the top drawer.  Because the top is glass, whatever is in the top drawer is showcased basically.  The pictures really dont show all the imperfections, but in reality, they are quite obvious.

I was so excited to purchase a plain wooden table with a glass top table at a garage sale last summer.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  It's taken me more hours than I care to admit (at least 50-60) and I am sorely disappointed with the outcome.  I decoupaged old maps from the 60s, 70s and 80s on it, stained it, and put polycrylic on it to protect it.  It just turned out a little lumpier than I anticipated and not quite as beautiful as I had hoped.  Instead of showcasing it in my family room, I'm thinking of hiding it in my basement rec room instead.  I had planned on displaying some old B&W family pictures and WW II letters in the top drawer.  Because the top is glass, whatever is in the top drawer is showcased basically.  The pictures really don't show all the imperfections, but in reality, they are quite obvious.


My old world map table hasn't turned out exactly how I had planned, but nevertheless, here it is.


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, tabletop, eclectic, family room, table, paper, map

Comments (16)

LloydsLandingofSears writes: This is a great piece, and I wouldn't hide it. It's rustic looking to me, and would be great with something showcased in the top drawer to show through the glass top! ~Mary~
11-4-12 Posted: 1:47 am on November 4th
OldBarnRescue writes: I'm in agreement -- I love it! Imperfections are part of the beauty. :) Posted: 2:42 pm on April 19th
shabbychick writes: I love it too - and hope you decide to show it off (the great thing about junk projects is that they don't have to be perfect).

Thanks for sharing with us!

Kathy Posted: 4:44 pm on April 13th
racers7 writes: I love it! The lumps and different bumps kind of make it like the geological maps with mountain ranges and such. Melody Posted: 12:37 pm on April 13th
fellowjunker writes: I did this project on a chest of drawers in one of my boys rooms a few years ago, and it is still one of my favorite pieces! Yours turned out wonderfully!
xojanis Posted: 8:03 am on April 13th
NDJunkGirl writes: Are you kidding? This is great! I LOVE it! I saw on a decorating show this weekend where they put river rocks and candles in something similar to this and it looked so cool. Or throw some interesting old books under that glass for with old photo's scattering here and there...very cool! Andrea Posted: 5:54 pm on April 12th
RustyDiva writes: I agree ~ looks fabulous in the photo's! I love the warm colors and aged look and even the bumps and wrinkles. It would be a shame to hide it. It really is gorgeous! Posted: 9:49 am on April 12th
JunkArchitect writes: I love it! That was a lot of work and the imperfections are what make it perfect.

Jim
Posted: 9:27 am on April 12th
ninnarae writes: I think it looks great! Very creative and original piece! Posted: 10:32 pm on April 11th
Maggiebelles writes: I think it's great as it is! But I love distressed furniture, so I would prob do that, and age it with some stain..just play up the imperfections. Posted: 7:53 pm on April 11th
Prior writes: I love it... and love what you had planned to put into it, before you said that I was thinking about compass and more maps, too. but you are the one that should be happy with it, so maybe you could sand it down and add some stain... Lezlee Posted: 5:40 pm on April 11th
Bec4 writes: I love it, wrinkles and all. I call it character and aging! Posted: 5:39 pm on April 11th
MakinItHappen writes: I would enjoy it anyway. It looks really cool, so maybe you're being too hard on yourself. As a former perfectionist, I know where you're coming from, though. Posted: 5:09 pm on April 11th
busymelifera writes: Don't be too discouraged. It's often the imperfect wonkitude of working with junk that makes it great. Decoupage is tough to master! If it bugs you every time you look at it, the bumps etc can be sanded down and re-decoupaged. But!! if you rub some antiquing stain into the whole thing, paying extra attention on wonky bits, you could end up loving the table. I agree with Alice and Marge though... looks great from here, even WITH - or maybe because of the imperfections. Posted: 4:47 pm on April 11th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: Personally, I LOVE IT! I say show it off in the family room - lumps and all. You worked hard and it is a one-of-a-kind piece. Be proud of it! ~ Marge Posted: 4:17 pm on April 11th
alicemom writes: Well It looks super dooper from my end!
smiles, alice Posted: 3:50 pm on April 11th
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