before & after: mapin' it!

I finished the vintage school desk. And LOVE it! I wasn't sure how it would turn out (or if it would at all), but I didn't have anything to lose and went with it. 

after:

before:

I deterred from my original plan of using strips after I found this large vintage National Geographic map on Saturday.  Thankfully, I had just enough to cover all of the wood.

Can you find where you live?

And don't worry.  I covered it in several thin coats of Mod Podge, so it should be able to withstand many years of use.  :)

 Like it?  This desk is available to purchase (ON SALE!!) through my etsy store:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/NouvelleVieFurniture

40 comments:

  1. This is awesome! What a great look. Love it.

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  2. This is a super super cute project!!

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  3. watch out...you're gonna have LOTS of features this week! looks fabulous!

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  4. You did a lovely job with this! I'm now a follower and would luv if you could follow me back. Thanks

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  5. I'm in love with this! In part because of the old school desk and of course the vintage map. I just posted a retro bedside table I covered with a map. Not as cool as your desk, but it was a sort of a test of the process. Inspiring to see it done so beautifully on the desk! Gives me hope for other projects!

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  6. wow!!! this is awesome! you did a super job, what a great idea! thanks for joining in the party!

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  7. love it, and I have a desk similar screaming for a makeover :)

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    1. I have a desk like this can't wait to redo it thanks

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  8. Genius! I love everything about this. Truly unique and beautiful!

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  9. This is awesome! Love the desk!

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  10. I'm crazy about this! Just love it!

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  11. This is one great idea on how to use old maps, I have some at home myself and did not have idea it could turn out to decorate an old school chair, Thank you for sharing your ideas, I love the chair.

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  12. LADY! you are stinkin awesome! This is so cute and creative and fab. I have an old desk sitting in my garage just waiting for some fun and I may have to "borrow" your idea! I would be super excited if you linked up over at my Anything Goes Link Party going on from 6 MST Friday till midnight Monday.
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/04/get-schooled-saturday-20.html
    xxx, Kim

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    1. Awwww you're too sweet! You are more than welcome to "borrow" my idea. :) I'm all linked up. Thank you for inviting me!

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  13. This is amazing! A wonderful hybrid of two awesome things :)

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  14. This looks fabulous! I haven't covered with maps yet, but this is inspiring. I'm glad I found you via The Shabby Nest. I'm a new follower too, and I would love if you stopped by and followed too if you like. Have a creative week, Lori

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    1. Thank you Lori! I'm your newest follower. I'm enjoying looking at all of your before and after pics. SO inspiring! :)

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  15. this is awesome! you combined 2 of my favorite things- old desks and maps!!!

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  16. Congrats - this was the most viewed link last week so it'll be the top feature on tonight's Trash 2 Treasure party! Feel free to grab a featured button. :)

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    1. :) I was all giddy when I saw this comment in my inbox. Thank you for hosting such an awesome party Kammy! :)

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  17. Oh my gosh! This is amazing! Love it :)

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  18. This is SO adorable! What a great idea!

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  19. This is WAY cool!! I will be pinning this one for sure! Great job! Stopping by from the Beyond the Picket Fence party...I'm your newest follower!

    Barbara@ Chase the Star
    http://chase-thestar.blogspot.com/

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  20. Love Love Love this - I don't have a cute chair like yours, but have a stool to do it on. Gotta gather some colorful maps now. Pinned it!

    My best-Diane

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  21. This is absolutely awesome! Pinning it now.

    Angela

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  22. I adore maps-this is so cool and charming!

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  23. Absolutely beautiful! I love it when furniture can be recycled. It gave me a great idea to use some of my vintage Star Wars posters on an old wooden coffee table! I love customized furniture!

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  24. I think this incredible piece. Now I'll be on the watch for school desk
    Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Thanks, I'll take my desk that is being stored in the attic and copy yours! Love it!

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