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Personalise and upcycle some chairs into a statement piece with maps
These gorgeous map chairs are really easy to make for very little cost. They are also extra special, as I made them with maps that have great sentimental meaning. My husband's family is from Norway and my kids love the place so I made one with a Norwegian map. Hong Kong is a special place full of magical memories for me as I was born and bought up there, so I used a Hong kong street map for another. And finally a London tube map for the third chair, as I love London having lived, studied and worked in the city.

Posted by pillarboxblue from Bedford, England, United Kingdom • Published See pillarboxblue's 8 projects »
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  • How to make a chair. How To Make Personalised Map Chairs - Step 1
    Step 1

    If possible remove the seat and back from your chair.

  • How to make a chair. How To Make Personalised Map Chairs - Step 2
    Step 2

    Decide what maps you are going to use and cut them out to fit your chair back and seat.

  • How to make a chair. How To Make Personalised Map Chairs - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cover the seat and chair back with PVA glue (or modge podge), and stick down your maps. Trim any excess.

  • How to make a chair. How To Make Personalised Map Chairs - Step 4
    Step 4

    Paste two coats of PVA glue on top of the map seat and back, letting it dry between coats. This will protect your chair, you can also cover with acrylic varnish (or yacht varnish) to further waterproof the chair.

  • How to make a chair. How To Make Personalised Map Chairs - Step 5
    Step 5

    Screw the seat and back on to the frame to finish.

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meg B.
meg B. · Charleston, South Carolina, US
Do you have to be very genital with the chair or can you be ruff with it? I'm trying to ask if it you have to treat it really genital so you don't mess up the maps?
pillarboxblue
pillarboxblue · Bedford, England, GB · 8 projects
I use my chairs everyday and they still look really good. As long as you give them a top coat of varnish or glue that should protect them.
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