A Global Intervention

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, and as much as I would like to be jetting to some fab location on the globe, this week I have to settle for repurposing a couple of globes instead. My shop in this weekend’s Vintage Thymes Market is all about back to school, and I have so many maps and globes, it’s a bit ridiculous. So a couple of them got a little makeover. A plain Jane, run-of-the-mill globe is now a chalkboard- thanks to some Benjamin Moore Chalkboard paint.Unpainted Globe

Super easy to do: literally take a globe (we found all of ours at yard and estate sales for just a couple of bucks), paint on a coat of chalkboard paint to cover. Wait a day. Add a second coat.

Globe Chalkboard Painted 2 coats

Wait a couple of days. Now you want to “size” the surface so when you write on it, you can change it easily by wiping with a damp cloth.

Chalking the Globe

You literally take the side of the chalk and paint the entire surface until it looks like an inverted snow globe…then wipe it with a damp rag.

Chalked Globe

The finished globe-guess this is what earth looks like at night when viewed from Mars. Kinda cool, right?

Chalk Globe Completed

The other great find was a standing, light-up globe-awesome! The base was an old, scratched and scraped cherry wood.

Stand Globe in Car

So I hit it will some steel wool and Liquid Sander. A little goes a long way. I think I’ve had this can since 1999!

Klean Strip Liquid Sander It cleans and preps the surface and creates a solid bond for the paint to adhere. I use this when I don’t want to use a white primer or chalk paint. The paint is Behr’s Enduring. I used two coats and then, to finish, I mixed some Annie Sloan Soft Wax with a bit of Behr Stealth Jet (my newest color obsession-it’s dark charcoal with a hint of chocolate)

Soft Wax and Paint Mix

and painted that into the crevices and molding edges to highlight the details.

Brushing On Wax

Wiped most of it away,

Rubbing Off Wax

allowed to dry, then finished the whole thing with a light coat of wax.

Stand Globe Painted

The results are out of this world!

Stand Globe Lit

Both will be available this weekend at the market, so if you happen to be wandering about on the south shore, stop by and say hello! I will be there on Friday, and would love to meet you all! Happy wandering…Susan


  1. Hi. I like your site. I came upon you as I am scouting out locations to sell some of my repurposed projects (-and maybe even some of my art). It was suggested that I take a look at the Winsmith Mill collection of cool shops. Hope to check it out in person this weekend. Any tips or thoughts on the place are welcome.
    You have inspired me to attack an old black-mapped glass globe which has been waiting to be revived for awhile.
    I move back-n forth between art and home stuff. My big thing is repurposing objects. It is rather addicting; however, I need to be a seller, not a collector!
    Question: Where can I find Annie Sloan soft wax (other than online)? I have used Briwax, too.


    • Hi! This rehabbing furniture certainly is addicting! The fun part about selling your projects is that then you get to do new projects!! I highly recommend the WinSmith Mill Market. There are a lot of great shops there. I sell at the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market, which is a co-op with many vendors housed in one large space in the mill. We are open one weekend a month. But the rest of the mill has many more shops and they are open every weekend. The Vintage Peacock, also in the mill, has various vendors who sell their wares. You can find them on Facebook. As far as the soft wax goes, I am not sure where you are located, but if you are on the north shore of Boston, you can go to Maison Decor on Main Street (Rte 28) in Reading Mass. She sells all of the Annie Sloan products. If you are on the south shore, then look no further than Madden Blue, which is also housed in the WinSmith Mill Market. Best of luck to you and good luck with your new venture! Susan


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