Decorating my new bedroom is taking longer than I expected, but I’ve been doing little DIYs like this pretty white globe to move things in the right direction.
When I moved back to San Francisco, I remember looking around my apartment and thinking that decorating would take me two, maybe three weeks tops. Ha, ha. Let’s just say that was a bit… optimistic.
I decided to do this DIY as solution for an old beloved globe that I re-discovered while unpacking. I wasn’t quite ready to part with it, but I wanted it to fit in with the bedroom I was envisioning in my head (inspiration here).
I ended up deciding to paint it a glossy, bright white, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The raised topography on the globe’s surface made it especially pretty once painted, and the white covered most of the bumps and bruises my poor old globe had suffered along the way.
Try checking local Salvation Army or Goodwill stores if you don’t already have a globe on hand. I see them pop up all the time!
As of this post, the globe’s frame still had its original gold paint, but I’m considering painting that white too! What do you think?
PS: If you want more DIYs, try checking out my DIY Copper Clothes Rail.
DIY White Globe
(1) Globe (ideally with raised topography)
(1) Can of white gloss spray paint
Painter’s tape, for covering the frame
Magazine pages for covering the frame
Safety goggles + breathing mask for painting
A well-ventilated or open area in which to spray paint
1. Begin by wrapping the frame of the globe in paper and painter’s tape. You want to make sure everything is covered and wrap the pages tightly so the edges of the paper don’t brush the globe. If there isn’t enough room between the frame and the globe, then simply tape the frame.
2. In your well-ventilated or open area, apply several coats of light, thin white spray paint, according to instructions. Allow each coat to dry, and try to spray evenly – even paints with primer can be tricky and imperfect.
3. Once the spray paint has had a chance to dry, carefully unwrap your frame and inspect for any touch-ups. If you’re satisfied with your globe, you’re all done!