In today’s world, in an era assisted by Google searches, travelers can retrieve incredibly detailed maps in one trillionth of a second, and find additional info that they never even had to ask for such as the weather for the day, the number of cities in that country, and even the most visited tourist spots within the vicinity.
Unlike in the past where every handsome library and office boasted a vintage globe, today, the need for one is zero to none. Unfortunately, globes now serve as mere decoration. So what to do when your globe is starting to rust and fall apart, with its paper covering slowly crumbling and peeling off with age? You don’t throw it away, that’s for sure. You can restore it; give it a new look that will make it more relevant to you or its new owner.
Here, we share with you a few of our ideas.
- Full Restoration – If only a few edges are peeling, glue back the edges with a flat brush and a little glue. Then after, apply a few thin coats of varnish to preserve it. You may choose from several types; varnishes come in matte, semi-matte and glossy finishes. Choose varnishes that come in spray cans as they are more efficient and provide a more even coating.
- Two in One – You can halve the globe and use it for 2 different things. For one half, you can repurpose it into a lamp shade or ceiling light. For the ceiling light, simply drill a hole big enough for the wire to weave through, and then use a simple bulb-and-wire set up. For the other half, you can place on a support stand and use as a basin for pots, books and other knick knacks.
- Paper Mache – Feeling creative? You can give your globe a brand new look by unleashing your inner artist. Use paper mache, crepe paper, newspaper, even music sheets to cover the entire globe. And if you want to retain that sense of wanderlust, trace back the outlines of the continents and color those in with paint.
- Globe Glamour – For a sophisticated take, you can paint the entire globe in black, matte paint then use gold or silver leaf to fill in the continents. It;s chic and elegant, and would fit in handsomely with the rest of the stuff in a gentleman’s library. For more texture and depth, before painting the globe, you can glue cotton balls on top of the continents, to mimic the slopes and dips of land. (For this technique, soak the entire cotton ball in modge podge. Then, gently squeeze to remove excess liquid before sticking it onto the globe.)
– You can actually cover the globe with whatever you want – buttons, thumbtack, family pictures and more. Whatever fits your whimsy.