How to Make a Map Shelf From a Repurposed Drawer

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Today I'm repurposing this drawer from an old hutch...

Repurposed Map Shelf

The three sectioned silverware drawer came from 
another project [here]. 

Repurposed Map Shelf

The drawer just wasn't working on that piece so today I'm using it again in this easy project anyone can do.

I began by painting the shelf with Fusion Mineral Paint in Inglenook. 

By the way... gorgeous color!

Repurposed Map Shelf

Then I used some old sailing chart maps I found at a garage sale. These were a super great find, they remind me of the maps my father had back when we went sailing as a kid. 

Repurposed Map Shelf

I cut the maps to fit inside the back of the drawer.

Repurposed Map Shelf

I used matte finish Decou-Page by DecoArt to decoupage the maps to the back of the drawers. (This is my affiliate link)

Repurposed Map Shelf

Decou-Page is easy to use and has a great look. It comes in several different finishes and effects, I chose matte for this project.

Repurposed Map Shelf

I added "D" rings to the back of the drawer to hang as a shelf and I've got an easy DIY nautical map shelf of the waterways in our area.

Repurposed Map Shelf

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*Fusion Mineral Paint and DecoArt provided me with materials. All opinions are my own*

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  1. That turned out really great. Love how the colours compliments the map.

  2. I love old maps, what a beautiful way to use that one! Turned out great!

  3. I came across you on hometalk (I'm Pillarboxblue). I love using old maps to upcycle things, I've done chairs, a table and a suitcase before. I think this looks great, love the map choice.

  4. I love how this turned out, Susan! I have bazillions of old maps and really need to start doing something with them! Thanks for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party.


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