How To Use An Old Map For A Stunning End Table

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Hi.  I am back today with my second post for the Furniture Refresh.  This is a great group of bloggers who love to make over furniture pieces just for fun!  Last month I shared my Paint Shelf for organizing all of my awesome paints.  This month I did an end table and used an old map of Iowa on the top.  I love the way it turned out!

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

Here are all of the before photos from the entire group.

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

Using An Old Map On An End Table

I love the way this table looks now but, of course it did not start out this way.  This was one of three end tables I found at the flea market this past spring and it has been in my garage just collecting dust until now.  The other two were made into ottomans for my living room. We still love them.

This Furniture Refresh challenge was rapidly approaching and I knew this end table would be perfect.   Here is what it looked like before.

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

It was a little beat up but mostly it was just boring.

A little sanding was needed on the legs and the drawer but I sanded a lot on the top.  It was in the worst shape.  The palm sander saved my life and made it a pretty easy job.

Then it was time to decide what I wanted this table to be when it grew up.  The white Fusion paint I used on this telephone table  was so nice I decided I wanted the bottom part of the table in the same white.

I spotted the large map I had on the shelf in the garage and knew it was the perfect thing for this end table.  It was a ripped up map of Iowa but parts of it were very usable.  After I decided to use the map I chose the teal for the rest of the top to match the lakes in the map.

I also used a brown wax on the top of the entire table after it was done.  That is what created the “aged” look on the table.

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

I used the local parts of the map so it shows Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Clay, Palo Alto, Pocahontas and more counties in Northwest Iowa and beyond.  You can see Fort Dodge in the photo below.  I think it is fun to incorporate these types of things in home decor.  Why not on an end table?

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

I also added some map inside the drawer.  This part of the map incorporates Cedar Falls and Iowa City.  It was so fun to choose the parts of Iowa I wanted on the end table.

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

The knobs are the original knobs with a bit of teal spray paint and some of the brown wax.  I didn’t like the brown knobs on this.  I like the teal but am still contemplating purchasing new knobs all together.  What do you think?

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

How To Use An Old Map On An End Table - www.michellejdesigns.com - I knew when I saw this old map of Iowa I could find a good use for it. Look how it totally transformed this end table!

 

I hope you like this little end table.  I think he turned out pretty nice.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other blogger’s Furniture Refresh projects.  These guys are really talented and come up with the best ideas. I will get their links added a little later.

 

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35 Comments

  1. Robin@ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

    It’s so pretty, Michelle. Love the maps. You gave turned the entire piece into a unique beauty.

    09 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Robin! It was definitely an improvement and I had been saving that map for just the right occasion!

      09 . 12 . 2016
  2. Nancy Janssen

    I love the existing knobs, Michelle. That teal color is one of my favorites; the perfect shade between blue and green. The map is a great touch of whimsy!

    09 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Nancy! I value your opinion on the knobs. I know you have great taste so I will leave them. I loved the map too. It was a fun touch.

      09 . 12 . 2016
  3. Michelle James

    Michelle,

    this is such a cool makeover! I love old maps and the teal color is gorgeous. I would not change the knobs at all-they really look great!

    09 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Michelle. You and Nancy both agree on the knobs. I will leave them just they way they are. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      09 . 12 . 2016
  4. Susan Bentz

    Very cool! I like the knobs. Great colors on this piece.

    10 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Susie. Jeff does not like teal at all but I love it and I think it matched the map too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      11 . 12 . 2016
  5. Val @ Love My DIY Home

    This turned out beautiful! The knobss are just perfect.

    10 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Val. I love the way it turned out too.

      11 . 12 . 2016
  6. Carolann

    She is a beauty Michelle! I love the knobs so much! And the map! What a great idea. Your work is always stunning!

    10 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Carolann! Thanks so much. Everyone loves the knobs so I will definitely keep them.

      11 . 12 . 2016
  7. Kari

    I’ve got a table that needs some love, some maps, now I just need to get to work. Thanks for the inspiration Michelle! Love everything about this!

    10 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Kari! Yay, now you have all sorts of time to work on your tables n stuff! I can’t wait to see a picture of your table make over.

      11 . 12 . 2016
  8. Sue Purdy

    Omg! This table is AWESOME! I love the map on the top and inside the drawers. It’s just perfect.

    10 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Sue! Thanks so much. I do love the map and it was super fun to makeover.

      11 . 12 . 2016
  9. Mary T

    Hi! I’m new here after seeing you gorgeous end table on Hometalk! I LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing it. What colors did you use? I also love the knobs! I wouldn’t change it a bit!!

    06 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Mary! Thank you so much for clicking over from Hometalk. I don’t think a lot of people do and I really appreciate it. I used Fusion Lamp White on the table base and Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint – Cascade for the teal around the edges and the drawer. I am so glad you like it.

      10 . 01 . 2017
  10. Barb

    I love the look with the map. I love painting and redoing old furniture. I would love to know how you attached the map. And how do you apply the darker wax.
    Thankyou for sharing. Love the knobs too. I wouldnt change them.

    09 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Barb! I used Mod Podge to attach the maps. You can purchase a dark wax or glaze. I usually brush it on then wipe it off with a lint free cloth. You can apply more if you want until you get the look you want!

      09 . 02 . 2017
      • Barb

        Thankyou for the quick response
        . Can’t. wait to try it.

        09 . 02 . 2017
  11. Ann B

    Great job, but chess fanatics will tell you that the light colored square is -always- in the lower/bottom right. Easily fixed by placing the pieces along left and right sides instead of front and back. Checkers doesn’t matter where pieces sit. Cheers!

    09 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      I knew I would mess that up. I tried to get it right. LOL! Thanks for the correction!

      09 . 02 . 2017
  12. Mel

    I have some wood trays I want to attahc boating charts to. What kind of glue do you recommend? and what can I use to make the surface water proof. The trays are spray painted glossy black

    09 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Mel, I am assuming since the trays are already spray painted you are not using them for food. If that is the case I would use Mod Podge to adhere them. Then you will need some sort of water proof or water resistant. varnish or top coat. I would ask at your local hardware store what they recommend. I am not sure there are a lot of water proof products out there but there may be some that are water resistant.

      09 . 02 . 2017
      • Mel

        Food would not be placed on them directly, but on a plate. I was thinking of how to protect the map from sweating glasses and wiping clean. I may test spray urethane on a damaged piece of chart first- yep that would be the way to go… I tend to use urethane as a final coat over painted tops. It gives lifetime protection from water marks etc… Thanks

        10 . 02 . 2017
        • Michelle

          I think that is a great idea. I would lI’ve to see photos when you have them finished.

          10 . 02 . 2017
  13. Yra

    Improvement? Really? I felt saddened to see a nice solid wood painted like that

    10 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi. I know this can be a controversial subject. To paint or not to paint wood pieces. If the piece is a nice solid, antique piece I usually refrain from painting. This table is not antique and not very solid so I made the choice to freshen it up with paint. Thanks for your comment.

      10 . 02 . 2017
  14. Holly N.

    I love this table, great choice for colors, and the knobs are perfect in teal, I wouldn’t change a thing! I love taking something that has potential and making it just perfect with a little paint and a whole lotta love. Thanks for sharing it is so beautiful!!

    10 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Holly. Your kind words put a smile on my face.

      10 . 02 . 2017
  15. lynnbspencer@ec.rr.com

    Michelle, this table is so darned cute! I love using maps…heck, we don’t use them for navigating anymore we might as well use them for decorating!

    Another great project from you!

    Hugs, Lynn

    20 . 03 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Lynn! This one was actually being thrown away. It was ripped but it was big so I knew I could use it. Now I want more!

      20 . 03 . 2017
  16. Marta McCue

    This is crazy good!! I love the creativity and the concept. Thank you for sharing!

    24 . 03 . 2017
    • Michelle

      THank you Marta. I loved it when it was all done.

      24 . 03 . 2017

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