Here’s background on the dresser: http://home-girl-decor.blogspot.com/2012/03/true-antique-or-not.html. It’s ooooold!
The hardest part of this whole project was finding just the right map! I knew what I wanted, and was determined to find it. Not only was the look of the map important to me (antique world map), but the size was as well. I found a couple that I liked the look of, but they were either too big or too small. And when I finally found just the right thing, it was way too expensive. I kept searching though and finally found a wholesale company in Canada that sold EXACTLY what I was looking for, and I got it without the 50% mark-up of a retailer!! YEAH, BABY! It was still more than I had planned on spending, but it was perfect!!! I loved the coloring of this map, I loved the big center globe, and I love how the top and bottom knobs fit perfectly into the four corner globes.
So I started by sanding the dresser down.
I used rubber gloves and a soft rag to apply this oil and just rubbed it in. You can see on the bottom part of the leg in the photo above how dark just one coat was, but I did end up giving it three coats because the wood was so dry that it kept soaking it up.
When I received the map, it had a border on it that I didn’t want so I removed it.
I then laid the map on the front of the dresser and taped it into place with painters tape. I made tiny marks with my blade on each side of the map, at the top and bottom of each drawer, so I would know where to cut.
Since my straight edge square wasn’t long enough, I used a long piece of scrap molding to line up the marks I had made, and also as a cutting guide.
After cutting all the pieces, I laid it out and realized each piece needed to be slightly trimmed to to allow for the spaces between the drawers.
Using this wonderful product, I glued each piece into place.
I also painted the Mod Podge on the top of the map to seal it. This particular Mod Podge is a sealer too, but there are many types available for all sorts of projects. I used three coats for this project.
NOTE: I did not apply the Mod Podge with the drawers inside the dresser as shown in the photo below. Otherwise, the drawers would get glued shut!!!! I removed them for the applications so that I could wipe off the excess around the sides of the drawers with a wet rag as I went. When the final coat was almost dry, I got so anxious to see what it looked like that I had to put the drawers in before it was dry. But I removed them again after taking the photo until they were completely dry.
This dresser did not come with knobs, but I had some antique wooden knobs left over from another dresser that was missing a few knobs when I got it. I used Dark Walnut Danish Oil on the knobs as well and they match perfectly!!!!