It’s time for another project from the #12MonthsofDIY group. This month we’re working with ModPodge – that all-purpose decoupage product that crafters have used for years. I’ve used ModPodge in a number of different ways over the years. But this method is a different way as I tried to create a glazed effect on a vintage window map art piece.
As you know, I’m redecorating our master bedroom and this vintage window map art is hanging on a previously empty wall. It’s also a sentimental piece because each of the maps is a vintage depiction of a city my husband and I have travelled to over the ten years we’ve been together – Paris, New York, Rome, San Francisco, etc. And begins with the city where we had our first date – Toronto.
Here’s how I made the Vintage Window Map Art:
We have a few windows in the garage left from when we replaced them with new windows last year. So I took one of these and gave it a quick coat of paint to freshen it up. Then headed to the computer and found the vintage map images, printed them off and tore off the edges to get a raw edge look.
As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to make the window panes and maps look glazed, so I mixed the ModPodge with some metallic paint (half ModPodge & half paint) – the same used in the metallic night stand and dresser projects.
To get the glaze effect, each pane was “painted” with the glaze first. Then I used ModPodge to adhere the maps in each pane. Tip: Use a foam brush to apply the glaze and ModPodge.
To get a smooth finish without any bubbles or wrinkles, it’s recommended that you smooth the paper while it’s still wet with a credit card. So that’s what I did. But be careful that you don’t pull the paper too hard in case you rip or pull it.
Once it was dry, I went over the panes again with the glaze to get a more muted look. It’s a shabby chic version of glazing with imperfections and a rustic look. It’s not for everyone, I know. But I love it’s rustic charm.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY Mod Podge project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
From the top left, they are: