I love old maps and love to decorate with them. Recently I made some
The vintage world map transformed a generic and rather dull old IKEA side table into something rather more interesting to look at. As a family, we love to travel and have a bit of a wanderlust theme for our decor.
I work on a world map desk and have printed personalized map pillows on my sofa. Also, as I sit here writing this post, I’m currently sitting on one of the map chairs I make (the Norway one, to be more precise).
Every time I visit a flea market, I look for vintage maps and have quite a collection.
A Simple but effective IKEA Hack – Map Table
This was a straightforward and affordable map table hack as I used world map gift wrap for the tabletop. The world map gift wrap I used is readily available in many bookstores and gift shops worldwide and online.
However, if you can’t find the exact gift wrap or want a different old world map, you can find them here.
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What You Need To Make a Map Table
Old Table – the table used here was an IKEA Hemnes table. But any small side table would do. Such as the IKEA Lack table, or you might have one already in your home that you want to transform.
- Grey chalk paint – If you use chalk paint, minimal woodwork preparation is needed. I also felt that the paint colour complemented the map I used.
- Cavallini World Map Giftwrap
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic varnish
- Craft knife
How to Make a Map Table
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to clean and paint the side table in the desired colour. If you use chalk paint, there is no need to sand and prep the table first.
Step 2: Next, carefully measure the top of the table. Then, roll out your Map and cut out the section you need using these measurements. If you use a downloaded map, you can print
Step 3: When the paint is thoroughly dried. Cover the tabletop with a layer of Mod Podge glue. Then, leave it to dry slightly for about 1-2 minutes so that it feels tacky to the touch.
Step 4: Carefully place the cut-out map on the glue-covered table. Then, gently squeeze out any air bubbles using a ruler or credit card.
Step 5: Next, brush a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the map, and leave it to dry overnight. This will act as a protective varnish.
Step 6: Finally, I suggest further protecting the table so that you cover it with another layer of waterproof glue or varnish. This will help protect the map from drink spills and coffee cup ring marks.
- Old side table
- Grey Chalk Paint
- World Map Giftwrap
- Mod Podge
- Paint brushes
- Glue brush
- Firstly, paint the table with chalk paint. No need to paint the top as this will be covered with the map.
- Measure the tabletop and cut the map to fit the top.
- Cover the tabletop in Mod Podge.
- Carefully, lay the map onto the top of the table. Use a credit card to squeeze out any air bubbles as you lay the map down.
- Cover the map with another layer of Mod Podge to act as a varnish.
- Optionally, once the Mod Podge has dried add another waterproof varnish to protect the table from spills.
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IKEA Map Table Hack – Using Image Transfer
The decoupage IKEA map table hack is really that simple and works well. However, there is another way to print a map onto a tabletop.
This other method still uses Mod Podge but this time as an image transfer. I used this method to hack the kid’s IKEA table in the playroom with a map of my favourite city Hong Kong.
I used Map
Collection of large free maps to download. World maps, country maps & popular cities.