All Over the Map...A VERY Simple Project...

You know I love a simple project!  I love re-doing a thrift store find into something I can use in my home!  This one is all over the map...


Out thrifting this week, I found this newer hinged wood box.  
I wasn't a great fan of the stripes...


But the crackled lid was more to my liking.  A little makeover was in order!  You can find this type of box, unfinished in the craft stores, too.


I grabbed some vintage 40's era atlas maps I had in my STUFF... you could use any map.  I chose these for their coloring...lots of blue and a POP of orange.


I cut four strips to cover the outside panels of the box. On the two end strips I added a tiny amount, so they would slightly wrap around the front and back panels, 
so there would be total coverage.



I used some decoupage medium on the backs on the papers and applied them to the box.  I smoothed them into place, and pressed down bubbles with my hands and a small brayer.  I didn't coat over the fronts of the papers, as I wanted more of a smooth matte look.


I love the new look of the box...



AND its new life...



Before I go, I'd like to thank Brenda for the wonderful feature over at 
 Color My Decor blog today!


32 comments

  1. Oh I love that!! what a prefect remote holder. I like your make over. xoxo,Susie

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  2. I love maps! I think it's all that blue. That's a perfect holder for the remotes and looks so cute now!

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  3. Ok, I wanna mod podge a map. Every time I see cute projects like yours I think I gotta try that. Maybe next week?

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  4. Linda - I love maps on anything and this is really, really cute. LOVE the top , too. It is perfect. xo Diana

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  5. As soon as I saw that map of Australia I had to come and see what you were crafting! I love this idea-you are so clever!

    Please pop by and visit if you have a minute to spare; my weekly Say G'Day link up is on now and this would be a brilliant addition, especially for a Down Under girl like me!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  6. I like the idea of using old maps. What a great idea!

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  7. Love this project Linda. SO cute and so simple!

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  8. Looks MUCH better! And a nifty little holder for the remotes.
    Brenda

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  9. I've never owned a bottle of Mod Podge, but that's going to change. I love what you did to decorate your remote box, Linda!

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  10. What a fun project, Linda! I love vintage maps too, and of course decoupage. Looks like the perfect place to stash your remotes!

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  11. Beautiful makeover! You had me at "old maps"!! Also loving it's new use as a holder for the remotes!
    Jane

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  12. Super cute idea. Love this. Great job.
    Kris

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  13. Cute!
    Great idea and love the maps.
    I happen to be a collector of little boxes. Whenever I seen them at the thrift store or yard sales...I can't help but snatch them up.
    Crazy thing? I only just started using them for storage around the house. I used to just collect. But now I use them AND DISPLAY THEM at the same time. :)
    Pat

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  14. This is a great idea - love giving new life to something old. Really love the use of the maps!! Funny...I just did a blog post about that.

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  15. It looks totally adorable now, Linda!

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  16. Just 'cause it's simple doesn't mean it doesn't pack a punch! Love this project:)

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  17. What a cute project Linda! I love it!! Enjoy your day, Gail

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  18. Super easy and adorable to boot...what's not to love?!!!!
    xo

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  19. Way cute! My oldest is totally into maps and would love a box like this to hide his treasures. Thanks for sharing at Linda's Coastal Charm link party.

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  20. That is the cutest 'zapper' box ever!

    Karen x

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  21. Hi Linda! I'm coming over from Brenda's where you had such a great feature. Just in time for a fantastic project. This is so cute! It makes me wish I had a few maps lying around!! I know your blog is going to be tons of inspiration for me! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  22. This looks great and what a perfect place to store your remotes!

    ~Trisha

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  23. Cute idea. And it goes so well with your globe header too!

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  24. Brilliant idea to use the maps to give that box some pizzazz. It turned out great and what a good home for the remotes!

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  25. I love how you can look
    at something like this box
    and have the VISION of what
    it could be! Truly, it's a gift!
    Beautiful.

    xo Suzanne

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