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« on: August 27, 2010 04:31:06 AM »

(I completely forgot to take before pictures, oops!)

Basically, I love old maps. I got a load for 25p each (!) at my local Amnesty book store. And I thought 'hmm I'd like a new useful piece of furniture', and picked up a pretty good condition pine coffee table for 15 at a used furniture store.

I painted over my maps with a concoction of tea and coffee, sanded and primed the table, and after a lot of hardcore PVA glue, varnish, and clear enamel spray paint, this is it! I'm really pleased with it, but the legs were so difficult to get decoupaged flat and still retain some integrity to the map. So they're not. That's my only gripe. Practise makes perfect!

Also, the top doesn't quite go but it's a lovely pre 1950's map of my home county that I didn't want to cut up, and thought it was a nice centre piece. FYI, the legs are Scotland, the rim bit is Northern France, the top Sussex (England).

My cups of tea will never get lost!





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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010 04:43:11 AM »

Its looking that you used any thin wallpaper to give a MAPIA look to this table. I am still not believing that you painted it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010 05:36:24 AM »

oooh it's lovely!
I too love old maps - though I usually draw on them. Smiley

I've got a little round side table that I've been wanting to re-finish, I think you may have given me my inspiration. Thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010 07:13:44 AM »

This rocks! I so want a table like that!
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010 07:23:23 AM »

Its looking that you used any thin wallpaper to give a MAPIA look to this table. I am still not believing that you painted it.

whoops that was a typo! I meant I painted the table, then glued actual maps on. Man if only I'd painted it!
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010 08:13:20 AM »

This is TOTALLY AWESOME. I love the addition of the map of Sussex on top...meaningful and creative! I really want a table like this!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010 08:30:29 AM »

I love, Love, LOVE this!

I'd say more but I want to get back your post and drool over the pictures some more.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2010 09:58:20 AM »

Oh, wow, that's awesome!  I've seen table TOPS decoupaged with maps before, but never the whole thing.  Great job, from what I could see, the legs look really smooth and well-done.  I might borrow your idea, someday.  There's a certain drafting table that could use a face lift . . . Wink
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2010 08:21:44 AM »

Also, the top doesn't quite go but it's a lovely pre 1950's map of my home county that I didn't want to cut up, and thought it was a nice centre piece.

Oh, no, indeed! On the contrary, it goes quite nicely, that beautiful bit of lovely green against the soft blue of the other maps. Just like an inset of different coloured wood on a traditional table. The colour choices, whether accidentally or by design, are perfect.
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2010 02:05:15 PM »

H E A R T... I did the same thing with my bookshelf. Only it was pages out of French romantic books not maps  Cheesy I love covering things... I think it comes from the paper mache preschool days <3
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