Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Going In The Right Direction

No, this is not a post about a road trip.
Instead, it is about yet another side table!
I've been on a roll lately making tables!!!

I had an antique sewing machine base. As usual, I went back and forth on what to put on it to create the top. My mind starts spinning with all the options so it is hard to decide what to do!
I ended up buying this piece of wood...

I had this 1960 map of the Southeastern United States... 

I used ModPodge to adhere the map to the wood...

I screwed the wood onto the sewing machine base and then moved outside for the fun part! Using a belt sander, I went over the map, removing pieces of it in some areas.
 I also used the sander to round the corners of the wood.

Next, I used a dark stain to go over the entire table top...

 This aged the piece nicely!

I finished it off with a few coats of polyurethane to seal the top.

Now for my problem...
I keep making these tables to sell, 
but they look so good in my house that I end up keeping them!
Sell or keep?
I'll let you know which direction I take on that!

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  1. LOL -- Keep until you just have no more room for them. I love the old map -- isn't it fun to look at these and realize we (well some of us!) used to use these and watch our parents argue on trips about who was reading the map right?!

  2. Very cool table . . . I love it!
    We converted our garage into a family room with a nautical theme. Because the opening to the attic is on the ceiling of that room, instead of trying to hind it, I framed it and covered the hatch with a nautical chart. It looks like it is intentionally part of the decor, LOL. It's a conversation piece, too.
    This is why I love to blog . . . sharing and being inspired. I might just try doing that to a table in the future, like I say before, I love it!
    Have a sweet week,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  3. I love using maps for decorating. This turned out great! I'd say keep the tables until you make the next one that you love even more--kind of like flipping houses.

  4. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with a map. I wonder how many of us are drawn to sheet music and to MAPS! If you could only see the huge box of maps which I've collected over the years... and I'd say keep the tables, seconding Gina's advice.

  5. Looks like keeper to me! Love the table and you aged the map quite nicely! WAy to go!

  6. What a gorgeous table - a real one of a kind! If this was mine I wouldn't be able to sell it.

  7. Looks great! I had a map project in mind but it failed so this is a great alternative for using all those maps I have laying around! Stop by my Friday's Five Features this week and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

    1. The link party is now open. I'd love for you to link up your table! Love it! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-5.html

  8. Very nice, I love the distressed look. I think I’d want a piece of glass (or plexi) over the top, but that’s just me.

  9. That turned out very good. It's one of a kind table.

  10. Love this! I SO know what you mean about wanting to keep everything you make! That is my problem!!! I've found that I enjoy it for a couple of weeks in my house, then I'm ready to say goodbye :)

  11. I just love this idea. I have a table that I don't love and I think I will refinish it using your map idea.

  12. Dang...I love it!! Your so lucky to found an old map...I'm now on the search! :)

  13. Now this is cool! I usually don't gravitate toward map things, but I just love how you aged it so well! And it looks amazing with the base! Very, very sweet!

  14. Oh if you ask me it's a keeper! I love the way you gave it a vintage feel Virginia! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. You table is TERRIFIC!! I love maps and looking at this makes me warm all over.
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  16. Love the table, I have an old map I've been wanting to do something with and I think you have just inspired me!!

  17. I love this table! I am glad I am not the only one that refinishes something and decides to keep it!! Thank you for linking up at my Furniture and Paint Party!


  18. Oh, I NEED this table! I am definitely in love with it!

  19. It looks like a keeper to me! Very cute!!

  20. Thank you for sharing this on Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share! GREAT work....!

    Christina at

  21. Thank you for sharing this on Madcap Frenzy. This is really nice, I love the vintage look of the table!

    Handmade at Warratahstree

  22. Love, love, love it! I'm with you....hard to sell or give something away that i absolutely LOVE!

  23. What a great idea to use the sewing machine base as a table, and I love the map!!! Thank you for sharing at Redoux. Featuring tomorrow, opens at 5:00 EST.

  24. HOW did I miss this - it's fantastic - I'd say KEEP !!!
    Just saw it at Redoux Interiors - congratulations on the feature :)

  25. Just tell you that you AMAZE ME!!! : ) hugs...

  26. Wow! I would have paid alot of $$ for this! Great Job!

  27. love how your table turned out , the map was a terrific idea. I would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,


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