So last week's post featured jewelry pendants I made from cartographic sources, maps and atlases, I've picked up on some of my junking rounds. Since just a tiny bit was used, I had a whole lot of maps and atlas pages left over.
I decoupaged the illustrations from a children's atlas onto this vintage Samsonite train case. It now sits atop the commode in our powder room. It holds extra hand towels, soaps, and other assorted restroom supplies.
(Yes, that is indeed a motorcycle license plate screwed onto the seat of our commode. This is the restroom that has the license plate ceiling. In here it works.)
Anyway, back to maps. I decided I was ready to try the decoupage application on something other than a suitcase. Enter the lamp shade. This is a lamp from in the family room. It's a nice lamp. I've got nothing against it. It works, it's clean, but... well... let's face it, it's a little boring.
I removed the shade, took it out back and dusted it thoroughly.
Next, I gathered additional supplies: decoupage mix, paint brush, and the old atlas from the mid 1960s.
I simply brushed on the Mod Podge.
Then attached a torn sections of the atlas pages and repeated the process over and over until the shade was completely covered. I left about 1/2 inch at both the top and bottom of the shade which I then folded over to the inside to keep the edges looking neat.
After allowing the shade to dry completely, I placed it back on top of lamp.
It's still the same old lamp, but the updated shade gives it a unique, worldly look perfect for a travel themed room.
All photographs taken by Paulette and Jose Rodriguez.