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….




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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    1. Me says:

      Unbelievable! Simply (or not so simply) fantastic!

    2. Martha says:

      Absolutely Awesome!! You did a fantastic job! I would be so proud if that were mine!! Love it!

    3. Debbie says:

      OH MY GOODNESS! Unbelieveably beautiful!!!

    4. Shaya says:

      HOLLA! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

    5. Tracy says:

      Haydee, it’s gorgeous! I’m in love! And so inspired!

    6. Judy says:

      I Love it! Great job. And I know working with a laminated map had to be hard, but you pulled it off. Very classy looking and looks great in your house.

    7. Haydee says:

      Thanks so much, Judy! I thought I was going to have to poke microscopic holes in it to make sure the Mod Podge did its thing!!

    8. joanne nixon says:

      LOVE it !!

    9. Wendy says:

      Very cool!

    10. Glenda says:

      this looks awesome. I love the shape and style of the furniture and the combination of paint, stain and map looks great. Even my husband said, WOW I like that! Good Job!

      • Haydee says:

        Thanks so much! Its a HUGE compliment if a husband gives it the thumbs up…mine did too…some of the projects I’ve worked on have earned me the strong spousal side-eye! ;)

    11. Sara says:

      What a fabulous dresser! Think I heard angels signing ;-D. I’ve pinned you to my Chalk Paint board
      Thanks for sharing this!

    12. Jen R says:

      Love love. I’ve wanted to do something like this… I’m jealous. Dave would never let me.

    13. cassie says:

      that is awesome! i love the maps on that shaped dresser! i am off to explore more of your blog.

    14. This project is so cute – I can’t believe it’s the same dresser! I love the map stuff all over Pinterest. I’d love it if you’d link up at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

    15. Mr. Smith says:

      Great piece – awesome find at a rumage sale – love that. So you actually used mod podge on a laminated map and it worked? That is so cool to know. I just finished a desk from Italy with a world map – and it looks great too. I really like the finish.

      • I would love to see your Italian desk! I was surprised by how malleable the laminated map was..I did poke tiny little holes in the map in certain areas to make sure the Mod Podge that I coated it with saturated it completely. Maps are my new favorite decor element for sure.

    16. Helen says:

      You did such a great job. I am wanting to ModPodge a desk with a map…or pieces or a of map. I can’t decide. I am 100% positive I will be referring back to your page when I finally get to work on the desk. Great Job!

      Is there anyway to follow you besides email?

      • Thanks so much! You can subscribe to my blog to get notifications whenever there are new posts AND you can follow me Facebook and Twitter…So glad you stopped by to visit and I hope you come back often!

    17. Wow amazing transformation! The maps make it even look better.

    18. cassie says:

      that looks amazing! this is like the perfect map dresser!

    19. What an awesome idea! Totally up my alley. I need to put this in the upstairs bedroom with Ketucky maps on it :)…thanks so much for the inspriation!

      Thanks for linking up to the party :)


      • Thanks so much for the lovely compliment, I’m ready to cover everything I own in maps (maps as wallpaper, anyone ;) You have a beautiful blog..eye AND mind candy..will be linking up again whenever I can, I’m in terrific company.

    20. What a fabulous memory of your trip to Paris!! I love maps I want this piece – don’t be surprised if it goes missing one day!

      Pinning this beauty!

      So glad you joined our Cinch party!

    21. Wow! And double wow! That piece is amazing and so perfectly personal for your home …

      Thanks so much for linking it up at our “It’s a Cinch” party!



    22. KristenK says:

      this piece is lovely – I can’t imagine how the laminate stayed on! modge podge is just watered down elmer’s type glue – you must have had a lot of patience :)
      Looks great!

    23. Absolutely FABULOUS! AWESOME! over the top wonderful!…thanks so much for linking up with us at it’s a cinch…hugs…andrea

    24. This came out great! What a lovely upgrade, I am loving all things map these days. Thanks so much for sharing this at our party!

    25. I sooo love this! I’ve been wanting to do something with maps and this is perfect. Adorable!

    26. LOVE this makeover!! I’m going to feature you on Monday evening as one of my favorites from the link party. Such a great transformation :)

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