fun with maps
I’ve been very fortunate with my craigslist purchase experiences. The only little bump in the road was this small table. I hadn’t intended to purchase it at all, but it came along with another one that I really did want to buy.
By the time I took this photo, I had already tried sanding and priming the tabletop. It was far more damaged than I realized and I had neither the tools nor the knowledge to repair the surface.
The miracle of blogging intervened along the way and I witnessed many many before-and-after projects whose befores seemed far more pitiful than mine. Surely I could borrow some of the wonderful ideas in the collective consciousness of the bloggy world to make this table more useful and attractive.
I’d give myself maybe a B- on this project. These photographs are very forgiving and since I’m not a stickler for perfection, I’m okay with the outcome. But in the spirit of full disclosure, it’s not perfect.
I like the mildly scuffed edges, the vintage drawer pull with the paint chipping away to reveal the pretty glass beneath and especially the colorful city map decoupaged to the top.
I used a street map for the city of Austin, Texas. There were two reasons that I didn’t use a Houston map: first, because I like artful look of the Colorado river twisting through the Austin map, and second, because Cristy wouldn’t let me cut up the only Houston map that we have.
The table may not remain in this room long, but for now this is its home. Thanks so much for reading 🙂