Old World Map Coffee Table Makeover

Surprise, I bet you didn't expect to see me here today considering I'm recovering from arthroscopy surgery in both knees. Its Themed Furniture Makeover Day, one of my favorite days of the month and I wasn't going to let a little thing like surgery stop me from participating.

This month, my second month with the group, the furniture makeover theme is Black, fitting being the month of October. I had the perfect arched cross leg table that had seen its better days to transform into a rich black finish, and then I went all crazy with a roll of wrapping paper.

Black Old World Map Table Makeover

Old World Map Coffee Table Makeover

You might remember a few weeks back I shared my Delightful Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table. In that post, I mentioned I had purchased two VERY similar coffee tables. This is table number two.

Knowing I would be out of commission for six weeks while recovering, I did this table makeover at the same time as the other so I wouldn't miss the challenge.

Before I get into the details of this makeover, this is what the table used to look like...

Black Old World Map Coffee Table Before

It was painted with two coats of chalk paint in the color Liquorice from Country Chic Paint.

Old World Map Coffee Table chalk painted black Liquorice

The edges of the table were lightly distressed using 180-grit sandpaper to reveal the lovely light wood underneath, such a pretty combination. Then the paint was protected with a clear wax and buffed to a matte finish.

Old World Map Coffee Table painted black and distressed

It had a nice smooth top that was perfect for a decoupaged finish and so with a roll of Old World Map wrapping paper and my go-to wallpaper paste, the paper was attached to the top.

I prefer using wallpaper paste because it doesn't wrinkle as much nor do you get as many air bubbles. I included a link to the paste in the Materials List at the bottom of this post.

After it was dry I brushed two coats of matte Mod Podge using a foam brush to protect the paper, allowing it to dry completely between coats.

Old World Map Wrapping Paper Decoupaged On Black Table

The paper looked too stark white for an Old World Map, so I gave it an aged appearance by applying dark wax over the paper in circular motions, removing the excess wax. I applied the wax darker in the corners and along the edge where maps would typically brown with age.

It's important to note that this step should not be completed until after the paper has been protected with Mod Podge.

Decoupaged Old World Map Aged With Wax

I think the black distressed base and the antiqued Old World Map compliment one another nicely.

Black Old World Map Coffee Table

I love the arched cross leg base and tray style top of this table.

Arched Cross Leg Black Old World Map Coffee Table

Old World Map Coffee Table Base

As what often happens, like the Marie Antoinette French Desk Makeover shared in the challenge last month, I didn't want to part with this piece. Thankfully it found a new home rather quickly before I could change my mind.

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Materials List

So what do you think, would you consider decoupaging wrapping paper onto a table top? Perhaps you already have. I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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Black Painted Old World Map Coffee Table Before and After
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