Mod Podge, Maps, and Milk Paint.
Mod Podge, Maps, and Milk Paint…do not be fooled by this friendly title. In fact, a more appropriate title could have been My Mod Podge Misadventure or How Not To Mod Podge.
Yes, it’s like that this week.
Let me explain. I have so many things to share with you about this project that I am almost at a loss as to where to begin. Let me start by saying I
promise will try to keep it under 1400 words this time. If you read my last post you know what I mean. 🙂
So let me give you just a bit of background. I’m part of an amazing blog group and each month we choose a different theme to create a project around. Our assignment this time if we chose to accept it was to use a map in a creative way. Mission accepted!
I started to gather ideas from Pinterest and I started a Maps and Globes inspiration board. There are a plethora of creative ways to use maps but I decided I needed to stay in part with what I know best which is painting furniture.
I made a trip to the Antique Company Mall and found these vintage travel maps. Yes, friends, there was a time when people actually had to use these types of maps to navigate around the country.
Let me introduce my victim.
I chose this, Ethan Allen, side table. It was part of a set, but my silent partner re-purposed one for some sweet friends as a media cabinet. I will be the first to admit this piece has seen better days, but this is why I decided it was the perfect candidate for this project.
My plan was to apply a map to the top using mod podge, then paint the cabinet with milk paint. If you read this post you know I have a Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color bucket list. Artissimo is near the top of this list. It’s a rich navy blue color that has a masculine look to it. I was excited to get started on this project since it has been a few weeks since I have painted anything.
Now, friends, I need to disclose to you that I have never used mod podge before. This may shock you but I wasn’t really concerned. How hard can it be to use? I felt so certain this was going to turn out so ridiculously good, that I wrote this tutorial before I had even brushed the first stroke on. I watched this video and read this tutorial by Refunk My Junk. I was prepped and ready to achieve mod podge brilliance.
I do not consider myself to be “crafty” by any stretch of the imagination. There is a reason my tagline reads “creating furniture you will love, one brush stroke at a time.” Small projects involving cutting, sewing, or gluing really aren’t my forte’. You are about to find out just how true this is.
Here’s a list of the supplies I gathered.
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Artissimo by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
Foam cabinet roller (if you don’t have a brayer)
The top of my cabinet had previously been sanded so all I needed to do was lightly sand with an 180 grit sanding sponge. I wiped it down with a mixture of water and vinegar, then let it dry for about 30 minutes.
I brushed on two coats of Artissimo, then proceeded with finish sanding and distressing. I immediately fell in love with this piece. It looked exactly as I had imagined. Yes!!!!
At this point, I felt like I was about to hit a home run!!!
Sadly, this is where my mod podge tale goes wrong.
Enter Mod Podge Misadventure.
As I mentioned earlier, I felt adequately prepared after watching a video AND reading a tutorial.
I quickly gathered my supplies. I highlighted this word for a reason. The rest of this project went downhill very quickly. In fact, the rest of these steps went so quickly that there was only one photo captured of my process.
I pulled up Refunk My Junk’s tutorial on my laptop so I could reference it if need be.
Step One– I positioned my map on the cabinet top then cut it to fit leaving about 1″ border.
Step Two- Using a chip brush I applied a layer of mod podge.
Step Three- I brushed the back of my map with mod podge, then carefully positioned it on top.
Step Four- The video I watched recommended using a “brayer” to smooth out all the bubbles and wrinkles. I didn’t have one so I used a foam cabinet roller. I rolled my map out and had it looking pretty darn smooth. This is the only process photo of this mod podge debacle.
Step Five- THIS IS IT!!!!! This is the crucial step I missed. I was supposed to allow my map to dry for 20 to 30 minutes BEFORE brushing on the top coat of mod podge. I applied my top coat using a foam craft brush immediately after I smoothed the map out. I started to notice some lumps and bumps when it hit me…I was supposed to wait! Oh, woe is me!!!! Insert great wailing and gnashing of teeth here.
Could this project be salvaged?
This was the question I was asking myself. The only thing I could do at this point was to wait for the top coat to dry to assess the damage.
I made the decision to try sanding the top to minimize the imperfections. I had to sand the edges anyway to get excess border off, so this seemed like my only option.
I wound up sanding the entire thing with an 80 grit sanding sponge. Removing the shine did make many of the lumps less noticeable but you can still see them if you look at it just right.
This is probably the best angle to look at it from. 🙂
Let’s forget about the mod podge mess and talk about this paint, shall we?
As I was creating this piece I could just see it fitting perfectly in a boy’s bedroom or game room possibly. The map and the color I chose have a masculine feel to them.
Originally, I was planning to offer this piece for sale. Instead, my #2 son is getting a new bedside table for his room. The staging I chose is an ode to him. He turns 13 this October and needs a room makeover anyway.
At the end of the day, I decided to embrace this mistake. Mod podge messes are really pretty trivial in the grand scheme of things.
Your mod podge challenged sister in paint,
Friends, don’t let your friends make the same mistake I did.
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