Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Faux Antique Finish: Globe

A few months ago I shared my deals from the Kane County FleaMarket trip.
I nabbed a globe I had been on the hunt for all summer –with a great price of about 15 bucks.
Globes seem to be all the rage this year, and I wanted a piece of the action.
But, it was a little too “blue” for my liking. I needed to add something to it--make it look less classroom and more vintage. Faux antique finish coming right up...

I started with the base. I hosed off all the flea market grime, and then whipped out my all-time favorite spray paint; Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze and went to town.
my assistant...supervising as usual.
The easy part was done.

I got out my stash of craft paints and modge podge and did some mixing, testing, more mixing and waiting until I could find a color I thought would work. I did my tests on a magazine cover since it had a similar glossy finish as the globe. I thought I would at the least get an idea of how it would turn out.


I ended up with about 2 parts Mod Podge Matte, and one part mixture of a few different brown/bronzey shades of acrylic paints.

I used a mini foam paint roller from Hobby Lobby.

 And...I rolled my homemade mixture all over the globe, trying to avoid any big globs, but also making sure I applied it unevenly.


I wanted it to look like it was stored in grandma’s attic for 30 years instead of straight out of a 4th grade social studies class.



My globe found a home in the living room, but may find its way up to our loft. I keep moving things around lately. Plus, the loft is getting some new life (to be revealed soon!)

In the end, I am happy with the turn out. I wanted to do this as a test for my bigger project, my map from the same flea market. But, I am not sure if I want to use the same method to antique it.

Any faux antique glaze tips or suggestions?
Did you jump on the globe bandwagon this year?

13 comments:

  1. That's my go to paint as well... looks great. Love the way it turned out!

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  2. This is fun. Get to showing us more pictures of this house! (I'm bossy tonight. Can you tell?)

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  3. What a great idea to make it less bright! It looks good!

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  4. Much better! I love it. I have yet to go to Kane County Flea Market. I lead such a sheltered life. lol

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  5. lol. 4th grade social studies class no more! It turned out great!

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  6. Very cool! I love how it looks on its little stand. Fresh from grandma's attic! :)
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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  7. Nice globe action! And I love that table it's sitting next to!!

    -andi

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  8. Thanks for this blog I really enjoyed it! I've been looking for Stark County Ohio custom home builders so if you know of any then you should recommend some to me!

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  9. Nice! Grandma and her globe have officially retired from her SS classroom. :)

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  10. Such a neat little trick. Kane County Flea Market sounds like a fun place to explore. You found some goodies.

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