I just recently redid my craft room. It wasn’t complete when I recently published the craft room makeover reveal. I think it definitely needs a chandelier of some sort… I’m on the hunt! Anyway, I bought these maps at a local gift shop. It is actually gift wrap, however old maps work well too. I decided to cover my craft drawers with these maps to go with the lovely calming blue hues I have going in the room. Here is my Recycled Map Drawer Makeover.
You will need:
- Piece of furniture you are covering
- Maps, gift wrap, or decorative paper
- Craft knife
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Knobs (optional)
- Cutting mat
Here is the BEFORE.
First, I removed the drawers from the shelving unit and took off the knobs.
Using a ruler and a craft, measure your area and cut out the desired size on a cutting mat.
Lay the cut map and align it on top of the drawer. Using your craft knife, mark the area where your knob will be inserted.
Remove the map and apply Mod Podge to the drawer using a paint brush. After doing four drawers I found that the easiest way is to apply the Mod Podge to the entire area at once and then place the map on top smoothing it out from left to right. If you do this application enough, you may find your fingers or wrists hurting. Quick tangent alert! As I am writing this post, I’m thinking about how much we do with our hands nowadays. Especially if you’re a DIY girl. I am now looking at the endless amount of hand and wrist conditions . You may not want to look if you get easily squeamish. Anyway, after securing the map, use the screw from the knob to poke out the hole for the knob.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the map. I applied three coats, allowing it to dry in between coats (approximately 15 minutes).
Once the drawers are dry, insert the knobs.
Here are some AFTER photos.
For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.