I love old maps and love to decorate with them. Recently I made some
The vintage world map really transformed a generic and rather boring old IKEA side table to 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 I 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’m on the lookout for vintage maps and I have quite a collection.
One of my favorite souvenirs, when I visit somewhere new, is a map. Old maps if I can find them but I like tourist maps too and even use them in my upcycles like with my map table mats.
A Simple but really effective IKEA Hack – Map Table
This was a really simple 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 book stores and gift shops around the world and online.
However, if you can’t find the same gift wrap or want a different old world map to use you can find them here.
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What You Need To Make a Map Table
Old Table – the table used here was and 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 then there is minimal preparation of the woodwork needed. I also felt that the paint color complemented the map I used.
- Cavallini World Map Giftwrap
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic varnish
- Craft knife
How to Make a Map Table
1. The first thing you need to do is to clean and paint the side table in the desired color. If you use chalk paint there is no need to sand and prep the table first.
2. Next, carefully measure the top of the table. Then, roll out your Map and cut out the section that you need using these measurements. If you use a downloaded map you can print
3. When the paint is fully dried. Cover the tabletop with a layer of Mod Podge glue. Then, leave it to dry slightly about 1-2 minutes so that it feels tacky to the touch.
4. Next, carefully place the cut-out map on top of the glue-covered table. Then, using a ruler or credit card gently squeeze out any air bubbles.
5. Next, brush a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the map, leave to dry overnight. This will act as a protective varnish.
6. Finally, I suggest protecting the table even further that you cover it with another layer of waterproof glue or waterproof 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 really 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 kids IKEA table in the playroom with a map of my favorite city Hong Kong.
I used Map
Collection of large free maps to download. World maps, country maps & popular cities.
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