So excited to finally finish a project I’ve been thinking about for a while. I saw these at Anthropologie (now sold out), but they were over $100. No way I was going to buy that, unfortunately.
I was going to buy a globe on Amazon for painting, but I still thought they were too expensive for something I was going to paint over. Also, they all had plastic stands which just seemed too light and flimsy. I knew I could spray paint the base gold it if I had to buy one.
But then I found one at my favorite antique shop for $12. Yes, only $12. It had a gold metal base!!! and a few tears from being old, but it would work.
It also had the USSR and Yugoslavia, but I was painting over it 🙂 hahaha But definitely something to think about if you’re looking for a globe at an thrift store/antique shop.
So I started the process of painting. I still do not know how to remove the globe from the base. I tried my best.
I started with blue for the water, and then grey for the land.
I was pretty happy to see the Anthro version wasn’t too picky about the country outlines – it is really hard to outline Italy with a paintbrush…
Then I used my favorite 18k Gold Leafing Pen to outline the countries/ continents. I find this pen works so much better than a gold Sharpie.
I love how it turned out and it’s now displayed on a small bookshelf (sorry for the weird beam of light. It’s coming from the fish tank….)
You can write the continent and ocean names on the globe with the gold pen, but I decided to start a new tradition with this globe – every new country that Eric and I visit, we will color in with the gold. Hoping to fill in the entire globe with gold paint!!
Do you have any fun travel traditions? We always buy these country Starbucks mugs. I say always, but I guess we only just started 🙂 My sis and I always buy one of the city mugs for my mom when we go new places, so she has a bunch.
When I or my coworkers travel for work or vacation, we bring back magnets for each other – there are quite a few from Brazil because some of the team members went there a few times…
Let me know if you try and paint a globe!! It’s really fun, easy, and looks great as decor.