water marked map desk
I look at this desk I start humming a song from my childhood, “he’s got the whole world in his hands, he got the whole wide world in his hands…” do you know it?

I first saw this idea on Brooklynlimestone.com and knew I had to give it a try. These kinds of projects usually make me nervous, I avoid painted lines stripes and designs most of the time, however when I found this french provincial desk at a local thrift store I decided to be brave and it was a lot easier than i thought it would be!

close up desk #3

I used Apothecary and Gold  Metallic Patina , the two colors look so pretty together.

metallic patina #2

desk #7
desk #8
Here’s the video tutorial and I few tips I learned in the process,

The tips…

-The gold metallic pen I used to cover the pencil marks was really frustrating, it blobbed out in puddles and then stopped working altogether every few seconds. I had to stop work and go get a new pen, I switched to an oil based metallic sharpie, and that worked so much better!

– DIY metallic patina is sheer, what ever paint you put down first will show through, I wanted a bight gold look and used Sandy blonde and light tan shade, I wish I had used a gold color paint instead because it took several coats to get the solid gold look I was after.

– This was my first time using green frog tape... so much better than blue painters tape for marking off lines, love this stuff and will use it again!

– There are many ways to create a map template, check my Map Pinterest board for an option that  will work for you.

– All the products used can be found across the US and Canada click here to find a DIY Paint retailer near you or click here to shop online 🙂

I hope you give this idea a try, let me know if you do!

Newsflash! I have an actual video schedule now! I’m posting a DIY video every Thursday and a new series called Takeover Tuesday, I’m inviting my crafty talented friends to take over my channel a share their expertise with you, it’s going to be really fun and you will get to meet some great Youtube creators that you may not know.

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