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Topic: EDITED: tutorial added!! --> my new map coffee table!  (Read 11029 times)
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« on: October 05, 2007 09:48:38 AM »


Map of Spain/Portugal on top, spray-painted black sides/legs, acrylic waterproof coating.
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EDITED:: How To Make Your Own
Things needed: Coffee table (check out garage sales or thrift stores!), black paint (I used spray paint), a map, spray adhesive (I used Krylon), mod podge, Future floor finish, scissors, exacto knife, iron (really)..

   * Paint your table! I just painted the sides, bottom edges, the legs, and a -little- border around the edges on the top side. The table I used has detachable legs, so I took them off and spray-painted them separately. If you use spray paint, you should probably sand your table. My table had a sort of glossy finish, but I didn't sand it, so a little bit of the paint got scraped off when I fought to hide it under my futon before I finished it (I just touched it up with a sharpie).
   * Take your map and cut it a little bit bigger than the table top-- having it at about the right size makes it a lot easier to work with. Then iron the crap out of it on both sides, making sure you get all the creases out.
   * Working from one end of the table to the other, completely cover a section of the table with the spray adhesive and put the map down on it-- make sure you keep it really flat and re-stick it if you have any bubbles. The spray adhesive is pretty forgiving before it dries (maybe 15 minutes?). NOTE: use way more adhesive than you think you need! I had a couple of air bubbles hiding under the map after it dried because I didn't use enough adhesive, so I just ironed them out and worked with it until the map stayed flat. Smiley
   * Once the map is glued down and totally dried, you should take your scissors or knife (i found that the exacto knife worked best) and trim up the edges of the map so that they are flush with the edge of the table. Iron out any messes before you do this!
   * Once you have trimmed the edges, go ahead and slather on mod podge to coat the whole thing (If you're worried it might wrinkle, try using mod podge for paper), I found that any small wrinkles that showed up could be rubbed out with my paintbrush just before it finished drying. Again, you should probably work from one end to the other, to make sure that you cover everything.
   * After the Mod Podge has dried (it's okay if it's still a bit tacky, this part will fix that), get your Future floor finish and go over the table with it. It will leave a nice glossy finish on it, and you'll probably be able to see the brush strokes when it's dry (which I happen to like). When it dries (maybe 10 minutes or so), cover it in the floor finish again, and again, and maybe again. I'd recommend three our four quick coats of it (make sure it dries in between coats!). This floor finish should make it waterproof if you coat it well. If you find any wrinkles forming when you coat it with the floor finish, don't fret - they'll ease up as it dries, and should go away completely!
   * Now just wait impatiently for it to dry, and ta-da!

PS - It is waterproof if you seal it (with a couple layers) with the Future floor finish!

PLEASE feel free to steal my idea, but make sure you post pictures! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2007 09:51:14 AM »

Oooooh!  I love that!  What a great job you did!

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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2007 09:52:38 AM »

Awesome!  Simple, but interesting and engaging.  Mind if I ask where you got that size of a map w/o creases?

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2007 09:53:10 AM »

That   is   so   awesome. I want to make one! Sadly I have no room for one, but when I move out someday I will!!!

Good work!!!


« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2007 09:53:51 AM »

Awesome!  Simple, but interesting and engaging.  Mind if I ask where you got that size of a map w/o creases?

It's a regular old road map - just ironed the CRAP out of it!
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007 09:55:22 AM »

Thanks for the idea - I have tons of nautical charts in the attic - wanted to do a wall for the kids room - 11 & 9 - but I was vetoed...
This would be a wonderful compromise... I think I even have a table around here that would work!!!

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007 11:16:11 AM »

That's wonderful!!  Now I'm trying to think of what furniture I can do this to!  So many ideas! Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007 04:16:13 PM »

wow that is awesome

this may be a dumb question, but how do you iron a map?

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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2007 08:13:11 AM »

wow that is awesome

this may be a dumb question, but how do you iron a map?

I cut it about to the size of the table, and then laid it out on the floor and ironed it on both sdes. Smiley
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2007 11:19:54 AM »

wonderful. did you get the map when on a trip?
i'm going to prague soon and this looks like a nice way to commemorate a voyage

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