Map Dresser, Je T’aime….

Ten years ago, after roughly 10 years of digging under the couch cushions and rolling pennies, my husband and I crossed a major item off the bucket list and went to Paris for our Anniversary.  Amazing city, it lived up to its hype ten thousand fold.  Soft spot in my heart and brain for everything French, so little wonder that at some point, at a yard or rummage sale I picked up a laminated map of the city.  Naturally I promptly stored it in a safe place and forgot all about it (hazard of a “collector”).  About a month ago, in a fit of organization (doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I have to seize the moment), I found it.

Souvenir from a fantastic yard sale...

 

What to do with it?  Hanging it would cost me a pretty penny since it turned out to be HUGE.  Then I remembered this:

 

Map dresser from Wisteria, spotlighted in Country Living..

 

Behold a dresser I picked up at a Rummage Sale for $30:

 

The definition of "Good bones."

 

Since the wood was flawed, the maps were the perfect decorative element that was functional too…Mod Podge to the rescue!  (several SEVERAL layers of Modge Podge were needed, laminated maps are a little hard to work with…)

 

we're making progress...

 

After spraying it with Polycrylic, I painted the edges of the drawers and sides with a new-to-me color:  Annie Sloan’s CoCo….

 

This was a little painstaking, but because the results were so great, I'm choosing to accentuate the positive..

 

Inspired by a piece I saw at Miss Mustard Seed’s blog,  I applied a stain to the top (don’t advise staining when its 30 degrees outside) and….

 

Ta-DAAAAH!!

 

Love the little Eiffel Tower..

 

Before and After

 

Needless to say, these results make me want to cover everything I own in maps…the options are endless..Let’s go forth and mine our glove compartments and get to work!

 

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