I was on mommy vacation the other day (wandering the mall with a cup of S-bucks) when I stumbled upon this gorgeous globe in Pottery Barn’s Christmas decor section. I didn’t even bother checking out the price tag. I mean, let’s get real people. It’s a knick-knack from PB that will get used for 4-6 weeks per year. Not going to happen!
Instead, I went home, hopped on Amazon, and ordered a $12 globe. I wasn’t entirely confident in my DIY abilities on this one. The curve of the globe seemed like a stencil/transfer nightmare, and I literally had nightmares about free-handing this thing. But, I forged ahead anyway, and I’m sure glad I did!
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Like I said, I started out with a $12 globe. This is the one here, but I’m sure you could find one at a thrift store, local chain store, your parent’s attic… I chose this one because it was only 5″ in diameter – a perfect decoration size.
Start by assembling your supplies (paint and brushes):
Step one: Prime. You may want to do this first step in a well-ventilated area. Unless you like to live dangerously and aren’t particularly attached to all of your brain cells. I just used one coat of primer on all surfaces.
Step two: Paint. Wait. Paint. Wait. Paint. Ok. You get it. I ended up doing three thin coats of both the chalkboard paint and the gold paint. I did all three coats of chalkboard paint first, and then carefully painted the gold.
Step three: Get courageous, and free hand! I used a white pencil (like one from the box of Crayolas in your kid’s pencil box) instead of chalk. Here’s why: I plan on busting out this globe once a year for Christmas. I don’t want the chalk getting all smudged when I store it for the rest of the year.
Also, don’t be afraid if you mess up. I did, and then just painted over it and tried again. You can’t even tell on the finished product!
Boom! Three steps and done!
Despite my hesitations in starting this project, I am thrilled with the results. My new “Joy to the World” Globe is now proudly displayed on my mantle for the holiday season.