Anthropologie Inspired: Chalkboard Globe

Craftivity Designs | February 12, 2013 | 44 Comments so far
This post is part of our Anthro Love Blog Series -- where we are spending February sharing some Love for Anthro by creating our own DIY Versions of some great products. If you'd like to see all of the posts from this series, go here.


Erica spotted this Soapstone Globe on Anthroplogie, and she sent me the link right away. I love anything globe or map related, and already have a small globe collection in our living room.


However, the price tag on Anthro's version comes in at $368 - yikes. If I was going to own this globe, it would have to be a Knock-Off.

I picked this vintage globe up at a yard sale back in the summer. It's actually a toy, the globe is metal and the stand is plastic. I think Mike thought it was a little odd that I was adding a toy to my globe collection, but it was $2 and seemed silly to pass up.

Since it was such a steal, I figured it would be good for this project.

Apparently, I was so anxious to try out this project that I didn't think to prime the globe first. Don't make the same mistake. When I tried to put the globe back on the stand, paint was peeling off at the mere contact with the stand, let alone rubbing a piece of chalk across it. So, after a few coats of chalkboard paint I ended up sanding it down a bit and applying a coat of spray primer. Once the primer was applied, I added 3 more coats of chalkboard paint.

Based on that experience, I decided to apply a little bit of matte mod podge to protect the paint at the top and bottom of the globe before I put it back on the stand.


Always remember to prep your chalkboard (i.e. rub a bunch of chalk all over it) before writing on the surface!



The stand got a couple coats of silver spray paint. It was a little too shiny for me, so I went back over the spray paint with some gold Rub'n Buff to give it a more natural patina.



I'm really liking how it turned out! 



Right now we've got this verse from 1 Corinthians displayed on it.


Globe - thrifted, $2
Chalkboard Spray Paint - already owned
Spray Primer - already owned
Silver Spray Paint - already owned
Gold Rub n Buff - Amazon, $5
TOTAL = $7

If you had to purchase the spray paint, I find they run $4-$6 a can, which would put your total in the $20-$25 range, but you'll have plenty of spray paint on hand for future projects too.


P.S. Erica will be back on Thursday with more Anthro Love.


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44 comments :

  1. I love this! It's so creative and such a fun idea. What a perfect verse to put on it, too. I'm sure it's a great conversation piece.

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  2. Loving this! Especially with the scripture! =)
    -Bess-

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  3. Super copy-catting skills! Love the project.

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  4. what a cute idea! I love the verse you chose as well! :)
    Visiting from Hooking up with HOH :)
    -Jane @ urbanejane.com

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  5. Just stopping by to invite you to my link party. I would love it if you would link up this chalkboard globe. Such a cool idea. Thanks.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com

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  6. WOW! WOW!! This is amazing! I'd love for you to share on my blog- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/02/link-party-8.html
    Nancy

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  7. I want one! So cute :) Thanks for sharing and linking up to Monday Funday!

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  8. I am featuring your globe today on my blog. Thanks for linking it up. The next link party starts later today. I hope that you will link up again. Thanks again.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love it! I don't know where I'll put it, but if I come across an inexpensive globe any time soon, I will definitely be making this! :)

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  10. Oh how smart you are! This turned out so fabulous! Thaks for sharing at Monday funday! Pinning!

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  11. This is SO cute! Love it! I'd love for you to link up in my very first linky party {ya, ya...I'm a bit behind the times apparently} that started today.

    Jessica
    myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and for the invite! I linked up :)

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  12. Here from Shabby Creek Cottage and loving what you did with that knock off! Pinning

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  13. Love it! Want it! Pinned it!

    ;)
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

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  14. Thanks, Christina! I'm heading over to check out your linky party too :)

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  15. Perfect project! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing at the Paint it Party! I am featuring you later today!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! I'm enjoying seeing all of the Paint It features - so excited to be included too!

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  16. This is such a cute project!! I've never thought to prep the chalkboard surface before, thanks for the tip!!

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    1. Your welcome! And thanks for stopping by our blog :)

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  17. Such a great idea!!! Love it!!! I hope to make one soon!!
    ~~~rhonda~~~

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  18. You are a STAR today over at I Gotta Create! I'm featuring you and your fabulous globe. I love it and I pinned it, too. http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2013/02/12-funky-and-elegant-projects.html

    Thank you so much for linking up at the Wildly Original link party!

    See you at the party tonight,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

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  19. Congratulations on your feature at I Gotta Create - for this incredible job!!!
    Just LOVE it -
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when
    you have the time!
    Big hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Thanks, Suzan :) Heading over to visit your blog now!

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  20. Thanks so much for linking up this incredible project! I ADORE this! It looks even better than the Anthro version!
    Feel free to stop by for any of the upcoming Thursday link events. ;)

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  21. I'm jealous that you found a globe for $2! lol It turned out amazing. :)

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  22. So cute! I'm so used to using chalk paint, that I forget the prep step too when I'm using another kind of paint! Oh well...live how this turned out and yours is better than Anthropologies! Thanks so much for sharing with us at our Get Your DIY on Party! Hope to see you again Sunday with your thrifty Halloween project :)

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    1. Thanks :) I've been enjoying this link up series!

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  23. Hey girls! I am in love with this globe and even more in love with the verse you used :) Perfect! I am featuring it on my blog today! Thank you for linking up to Get Your DIY On this week :)
    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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