How to Paint a Globe

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I don’t go to thrift stores often (about once a month) but when I do I’m on a mission!  A few months ago I was looking for home décor or a piece of furniture that needed a fun makeover.  I wasn’t looking for anything in particular just something that caught my eye.

I walked into my go to place (I wish they had a Facebook page or website that I could share with you) and immediately found my next project: a globe.


This globe was a steal of a deal for only $20 and I immediately knew I was going to attempt to transform it.  I had all my materials at home: paint, a sharpie {more on that in a minute}, and the confidence to go along with this project.

Painting over the water and land was the easy, yet tedious, part.  Not going to lie, this part took me about 2-3 days by doing a little bit at a time.  My eyes tired quickly from focusing on small areas and the white and blue needed two coats.




I was thrilled about the next part but not so thrilled about my hand lettering.  That is when the gold sharpie came to the rescue.  There was no way I was going to free hand the names of places with gold paint and a paint brush.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

The gold sharpie was amazing!  I wrote in pencil first and then carefully wrote over the pencil with the sharpie.  I didn’t even have to go over the words for a second time!


As for the stand, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  Love this paint!  No prep work at all just cleaning the surface.  There was no sanding required and it only took about 20 minutes to paint the stand.  Once it was dry, I took coarse sand paper and distressed the stand in random areas.


annie-sloan-paintI loved the final result and with a lot of the materials at home this project only cost me $20.  I think my next globe will be slightly smaller and will have floral design for something fun and vibrant.  Have a blast making your own!


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  1. Karen says:

    Oh man… I love this so much!!

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