Today’s DIY post is a decoupage application that I created for my bedroom. I decoupaged a map onto 2 doors, here’s a photo peek of me (in my chocolate colored nail polish!) applying the paste to the corner of the doors:
But 1st, here’s the definition of DECOUPAGE according to Merriam-Webster dictionary: the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (as lacquer or varnish). Fun? You betcha!
The inspiration: Hubby & I love to travel, so why not place a map in our bedroom. We purchased this paper map from Office Depot for about $10, then I cut it in 1/2 (to apply each half to each door) and trimmed off the borders for the perfect fit:
Then I grabbed my (1) brushes (wide one + thin one for the corners), (2) decoupage paste, (3) level/ruler, and (4) pencil to mark the location to apply our new door art! Placing my painter-scientist hat on, I applied each map differently to each door to determine which I preferred (umm, which was easier!!).
1st method: applied the paste to the back of the map, then onto the door
2nd method: applied the paste onto the door, then mounted the map to the door .. I preferred this method better 🙂 .. realizing (duh moment!!!) that the paper gets a bit flimsy when wet (1st method), so this way is more manageable. After the map was attached to the door, the final step in decoupaging is applying the paste ON TOP of the map … so much fun … I felt like a kid playing with glue/paste.
I plan to eventually also add a ‘travel view’ guide showing all the places we have traveled to. Maybe using decorative thumbtacks, or color strings, or maybe I will draw the lines with a thin sharpie marker showings the travels (hmmm, any ideas? .. I am all ears!). Here’s the after pic thus far:
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