I love it when I have time to browse consignment shops. Usually something awesome pops out at me. This time it was a three foot high globe. Here is what it looked like when I purchased it:
I am looking for ideas for George’s big boy room, and I’m seeing globes everywhere! It’s a bit retro and interactive for kids (more fun than wall maps which are everywhere too). One of my favorite children’s brands is Land of Nod, and globes have been in catalogs and all over their site.
I got the idea to paint the stand from Domestic Peacock. White was my initial color until I saw how well a gloss paint the color of the sea would look. Instead of taping and painting I just covered the sphere with shopping bags, which were the perfect size.
I used steel wool to get any loose debris off of the metal. The paint actually cracked slightly on the sphere/metal ruler/hemisphere divider, but I’m not too worried about it. I can always sand it again and repaint that portion.
The finished project is pretty cute for a kid’s room. I’m assuming George will knock it around a bit so I think I’ll leave the cracked paint as-is. I want him to have fun with it and learn a little something about geography – so who really cares about some cracked paint!?