How I painted a world map on my coffee table
I found this coffee table at an antique/flea market for $40 (it is not antique... but very sturdy... witch is important when you know your children will be diving off of it onto the couch). It also has storage and is large... exactly what I was looking for. My husband was WAY less than trilled when I brought it home. It was dirty, peeling, chipping, and covered in 20 coats of old paint. I don't blame him, but I had a vision.
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Cut your map. I used an X-acto blade and roughly cut out the majority of land masses. There are going to be several angry Canadians out there because I edited many of their upper islands. Sorry, there were too many and it's cold up there anyway! Japan is missing as well! It's "art", right?? : /
Paint your world. I placed the map on top of the table and taped it in place. Then I painted lightly from the outer edges inward around all of the continents until the whole map was roughed in. I switched between all of my craft paints to do this. Sometimes blue, sometimes green, yellow and gray.
If you have another area on the piece, tape off a cool pattern. I did an X shape on my center shelf using 1" painter's tape. Just find the center and go from the corners to there. Then work your way out using another piece of tape as a spacer. I painted these stripes in the same colors I used on the top.