Chalkboard Globe Makeover {Message Center}

I love finding globes at thrifts and consignments {my rule: if it is under $10.00 it is definitely coming home with me}. I found this beauty for just $5.00 dust and all. Not really what you would call top quality, with a plastic meridian, but perfect for a little makeover I had in mind.

After giving it a good cleaning the globe was dissembled {which was super easy with the pliable plastic ~ it popped right out}. The meridian received a few coats of Krylon Satin Nickel…

and the globe received a couple coats of Valspar Chalkboard. The chalkboard spray paint was perfect for this project as I was able to spray very light coats not saturating and possibly destroying the cardboard globe.

Once dry, I put back together, and had a super cool, rotating, reusable message center.
I tried my hand at ‘dotting in’ the continents with some white chalk
{please don’t judge my geography drawing skills}
Best part is, it’s totally erasable {thank goodness}
The lettering is just scrapbooking alphabet stickers I thought would be cute.
{Who doesn’t love Mother Earth?}

I really like the finish on this spray. It dries very quickly with a smooth slate like appearance.

I think I’m going to put ‘her’ in my entryway so I can jot last minute notes down as reminders for when I’m walking out the door….

…or possibly little love notes to brighten some ones day!

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Comments

  1. What a great idea!

    Hannah
    http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

  2. How neat! I love this idea! Isn’t chalboard paint just the greatest thing ever invented?! :0)

  3. Cute! I’ve looked for chalkboard spraypaint…where do I find it?

  4. cute! I love chalkboards!
    gail

  5. You are too crafty for words.
    Love it!

  6. That’s such a fun project!

  7. I love all things chalkboard..but this is so unique! Love it!

    I might have to try the spray paint…I have a bucket of it, and sometimes it’s difficult to get a smooth texture with it!

  8. So cute!! I have a thing for globes too, but never thought about doing a chalkboard with them! :)

  9. Now this is too cool! Great transformation!

  10. What a great idea! I love this

  11. That’s really cool!! Great Idea!!

  12. I am absolutely making one of these for my school room. It’s hard to find cute school-ish things to make a homeschool room fit in with the rest of the house. This is such a great idea! Lisa~

  13. What a cute idea! Now I need to find a globe…

  14. Adorable. LOVE chalkboard paint!

  15. I love it! I have to get some chalk board paint!

  16. Very clever idea. That makes a very unique message center. I just saw a globe at the thrift today (for under $10.00) and I passed on it….now you’ve got me thinking!
    Jane

  17. Since I collect globes, I’ve got to do this one.

  18. I would never have thought of this but I love it!!! What a great idea. Now I’m going to have to add globes to my incredibly long list of things to look for in thrift stores. Wow!

  19. Wow, what a stunning and super-easy project for all that stunningness. (is that a word?) I’m so impressed. I think I’m going to give this one a try.

  20. I am absolutely going to start looking for old globes to make one of these for my Homeschool room. What a great idea! ~Amanda

  21. Too cute!! I think you’ve outdone yourself on creativeness this time. Love this project!

  22. Fun!! Yep chalkboard paint is the bomb!

  23. Stephanie Lynn: I should have know that chalkboard globe was from you when I spotted the thumbnail at the Somewhat Simple link party. Genius. I’m totally stealing it for next year’s homeschool geography!

  24. very cute! i am lovin the chalkboard paint craze! i am all over it! thanks for sharing!

  25. That is so cute. What a fun idea. Another great idea for chalkboard paint.

  26. I thought I had seen it all with the chalkboard paint, but this is the best use of it yet! What a terrific idea, you have outdone us all!

  27. What an awesome idea! Very cute and creative (plus useful!)

  28. Very creative! I love it. I swear, I’d chalkboard my siding if my husband would let me.

    Jami

  29. I always grab globes at consignment shops, too. What a wonderful use for them!

  30. STEPHANIE! YOU continue to AMAZE me all the time! I HEART YOUR MAD SKILLS!

  31. OH OH OH! I love it! I have been looking for globes, but unsuccessful so far! I can’t wait to try this if I ever find one! I’d love it if you linked up to my Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s http://imtopsyturvy.com

  32. NO WAY!!!!!! Do you know how long I have been holding onto a globe I got at goodwill with the intention of doing just this!?!? I havent dont it yet as when my hubby saw the globe he really wanted to keep it as-is, to my dismay. So I am hunting for another thrift globe to use. Wow, you know what they say about great minds. Yours turned out so lovely my dear!

  33. Pure genius as per usual, Stephanie Lynn. Your projects always inspire me to get crafty – love it!

    serendipitybythesea.blogspot.com

  34. Super cool project, I love it!!! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  35. I have to make one of these for my classroom! It is the perfect place to put test and project dates so the students will remember them and see them everyday. As I teach high school geography this is perfect. Great idea.

  36. I love it! Clever idea. I’ve been wanting to do something with chalk paint but haven’t. Where do you find the Spray paint chalk? I’ve only seen it in cans.

    Rkaye67@hotmail.com

  37. Very cute, but I couldn’t figure out who you were referring to until you explained it. :)

  38. This is such a cute idea!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  39. Neat project! Chalkboard paint strikes again! :)

  40. LOVE this!

  41. Dang it…you have the best ideas ever! I am so jealous :)

  42. cool idea! I love this! thanks for sharing

  43. So very cute and clever! I love all the chalkboard projects out here in blogland, but yours is unique. Good thinking!

  44. You’re something brilliant, you know that? I love this!

  45. i loooove this idea! you’re a genius! i would have NEVER thought to do something like this. i also find the “love her” on it amazing! great little reminder that she is a living being and needs love just like us people do!

  46. That would have been so cool in our homeschool room when the boys were younger.

  47. Super lovely idea, Stephanie. Looks fantastic.

  48. I think this is the coolest thing I’ve seen all day! Just featured you on Craft Gossip :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/chalkboard-globe/

  49. Great idea!! Love Her too!!!

  50. Well, that does it! Stephanie Lynn, you are one of the most creative, talented, and inspiring bloggers I’ve met in a good long while. I’m grabbing your button and am so thrilled to be sharing it with my readers! Off to find myself a globe or two…

  51. Girlfriend, you have a hyper-creative mind. Another job well done.

  52. I love the chalk board globe! Great idea, which I am copying, thank you…I am new at blogging and slowing finding my way around. Come see me!

    Billie
    http://www.billieshealthconnection.com

  53. i love your idea! I find globes all the time, but don’t know what to do with them. Thanks for sharing such a great and cute idea.

  54. I L-O-V-E this!!! I want one for my classroom!!! My students would love it! Thanks for sharing!!!

    LaKeta

    1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

  55. This is a crazy good idea!

  56. This globe would make a great teacher gift! I am completely fascinated with chalkboard paint and can’t believe I haven’t made anything with it yet. It is going on my To Do list!

  57. Wow, that is absolutely beautiful. I completely love it!

  58. Oh, I love it! I just found your blog!
    I am signing up to follow and grab your button!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Please come visit my new blog!
    Leticia
    http://www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

  59. The chalkboard globe is BEAUTIFUL! I love it! Of course, I have to stop myself from covering every surface it my house with chalkboard paint, so this idea really took my breath away!

  60. What a creative idea! Love it!

  61. Very cool idea! Now I’m kicking myself for getting rid of the old broken globe I found in the trash a year ago ;-(.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

  62. What a great idea. I’ve been looking for a globe but have not found one yet.

  63. Totally got to do this project way before I thought I would!!!! I linked backed to you…take a peek if you get a chance!!!

    LaKeta

    1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

  64. I love it! I need to add a globe to my thrifting list. I’ll be linking.

  65. What a clever idea! I recently passed over a globe at the thrift–now I’m kicking myself!

  66. This is absolutely brilliant!

  67. You’ve done it again. Classy *and* creative!

  68. Felicidades por esa imaginación,me encanta ese globo pizarra,muy buena idea,a parte de decorativa es muy práctica.
    Adita

  69. It looks good. I wish my meridian came off so easily. I had no idea there was chalkboard spray paint. I might have to try your method to accompany my other chalkboard globe.

  70. Cette idée est magnifique pour notre nouvelle chambre, merci pour ce superbe tuto!
    Votre blog est vraiment merveilleux, bravo!
    bises de France, Miette

  71. Oh how very cool! I have a daughter who is mapping out her travels on a bulletin board but this looks so much more fun!

  72. saw this on pinterest – GENIUS! Love it to bits :)

  73. ditto…genius! A perfect future gift idea for my Ph.d student(son) in Environmental geography…feel the love!

  74. it’s absolutely amasing idea! brilliant and genius

  75. I love this idea! I have some leftover chalkboard paint dying to be used…this will certainly be great future craft!

  76. Love the idea of creating your own world with chalk. Am not a crafter, so why the initial coat of brushed metallic paint and not just straight to the chalk board paint?

  77. Um, stalking your blog since I just found you and I love this! I always look for globes at thrift stores but no luck so far!

  78. I plan to duplicate your globe but I think I’ll use some sort of embossing paint to outline the land masses before spray painting with the chalkboard paint so it’ll be easier to see and outline the continents.
    Love your project. Thanks for the tut.

        

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