How to Refresh a Decorative Globe

How to Refresh a Decorative Globe

Lately, globes seem to be all the rage in home design, with good reason, too! I have a globe that I have had since I was a child and Santa brought it on Christmas morning (lame at the time, but super cool now.) I seriously love this globe, but I really hate the way it looks with my current home decor. The tan, slightly metallic looking paint on the brackets doesn’t match anything and looks dated. So, I decided to paint the brackets. (And prayed that I wouldn’t accidentally paint the globe.)

I did this project in a lot of different parts in several locations, so please forgive the disparate backgrounds in all of the pictures. This was a pretty simple project, but it still took me a long time to complete. Other than the ugly color, there was also some of the equatorial tape that was scraping off. Other than that, the globe was in really good condition.

There is no easy way for me to take the globe off the bracket (like seriously), so I opted to cover the globe in paper and spray paint the bracket. My dad helped me to cover the globe by cutting slits in the paper and over lapping those slits to better conform to the curved shape. I didn’t actually tape any of the paper to the globe. We tried that and my dad ended up ripping off part of Canada. Oops.

I then went outside to spray paint the bracket. When I was deciding on colors, I wanted something that would go with any decor I chose. I zoned in on glossy black. It was a little nerve-wracking as I painted the globe. I was really unsure if the paper and tape we had used to cover the globe would really work. I crossed my fingers and hoped I wasn’t damaging it.

To my great surprise, the globe had absolutely no paint on it. And it also looked amazing. There were a few spots, especially in the hard to reach places, that hadn’t been painted thoroughly. I sprayed a little paint onto a plastic bag and used a Q-tip to apply it to those missing spots. At the end, I’m very satisfied with my paint job.

The last thing I needed to fix was the equatorial tape. I used some glue and a tiny piece of tape to bring it back into place. This really puts the finishing touch on the globe. I also used a little glue to repair what I could of Canada. The final product is something I’m really proud to see in my home. Do you have any questions about this projects? Or any tips that could have made it easier? Please comment!

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