Use road maps and world globes to steer your décor in a new direction!
People have used maps to find their way since earliest times – but these days, you can put them to even greater use: up your global knowledge while surrounding yourself with beautiful and nostalgic travel references on cushions, tablecloths, and lampshades or even block-mounted or framed on walls. Here’s how to navigate new territory – without a GPS!
Shine a light on the world
Cast a new light on your life by transforming both halves of a globe into funky lampshades!
What you need
• sharp craft knife
• aerosol paint
• light fittings
1 Cut the globe in half (some consist of two halves screwed together).
2 Cut a hole in the top of each half for the light fittings.
3 Spray-paint the interiors of the globe halves and allow them to dry.
Chart your trail
This rundown bathroom was totally transformed with old maps repurposed as wallpaper.
What you need
• sugar soap
• old world maps and road maps to cover the wall
• wallpaper adhesive
• roller and brush
1 Wash your walls thoroughly with sugar soap and allow them to dry.
2 Apply the adhesive to the walls with the brush, and then carefully hang the maps against them, sheet by sheet. Use the roller to smooth them out.
3 Cover the entire space, allowing the various maps to overlap each other by a few millimetres.
4 Smooth over the maps with a damp cloth to eliminate any air bubbles.