Make your own map dresser

Mod Podge map dresser

I’ve always loved maps; I can’t get over them decoupaged onto things. Kristin from Domestic Ease did just that with her fun dresser above. I really, really love the maps, but even more so do I love that they were just decoupaged onto the fronts of the drawers.  Sometimes less is more, no?  It would take a little care to go around the drawers with maps, but as long as you are careful and work slowly, you too can have a map dresser. I need to get going right away, because I want a beauty like this in my loft ASAP.


  1. Anonymous says

  2. Deborah says

    Totally obsessed with all things map! Our boy has stockpiled maps and vintage postcards for his travel-themed room when we finally move into our new house. I would love to decoupage a fabulous mappy lamp for his bedside table–or maybe do a spindly table with maps and modpodge, so that every angle was a new vista!

  3. Kathy says

    Love this idea! I’d like to use the maps to mod podge the top of a table, and add some post cards from places we’ve visited. It would be a fun conversations piece as well as a place to keep memories! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jasmine says

    I had just left a comment and then deleted it because I forgot to say what my furniture piece would be! I love this idea, I’ve seen it a few times, and I have the perfect piece to do it too….the piece of furniture is an old chest with sliding doors from a now defunct clothing store that used to be in my town. I think it used to hold a display for mens says “BVD, The Fashion for Men” in the lower corner. Right now it’s an entertainment center….holds DVD’s on one side and CD’s on the other side. It is in desperate need of a makeover!!

  5. ShoppingTamii says

    I think it would be fun to use them on some frames (or inside the frames), journals, and how ’bout a altered can/jar that is a piggy bank to save for future trips? I love the idea of covering just the drawers…think that would also look good on the inside of the molding on cabinet doors…like in my home office.

  6. Nitasha says

    this project rocks! I would love to modge podge the top of my son’s desk with one of those cool maps! He would love it too!

  7. Manhattan Mandie says

    Oooh, I love this idea! I need a new desk for my Imagine and it would be awesome covered with map-pages!!!

  8. Tanya says

    I like how this turned out. I would maybe do the same to a dresser or a coffee table. Everyone who has left comments so far, have such good ideas too :) This could really be fun!

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  9. Tabitha says

    What a great idea!! Personally, I think I would Mod Podge one of my kids. Really, what could possibly be cuter than a walking, talking map?! :)

  10. Krafty Kat says

    So funny I ran across this-I am just about to go mod podge my son’s bookshelf with maps! If I won though, I would cover his headboard (once I find one) too!

  11. Jenny says

    I think it would be fun to decoupage part of a map to a clock face for a new look!!

    sue372 at excite dot com

  12. Teri "Terrific" says

    Easy! My husband LOVES maps, so I would decoupage something for him for Christmas that he would view often; computer desktop in his home business sign shop or wall hanging 😀
    He loves the things I make (no bias :D) and we travel ALOT!
    Thank you for sharing all your fabulous ideas, and for the give-aways you offer. MOD PODGE ROCKS!

  13. Lady Dorothy says

    I think I would decoupage the top of our “kids’ table”. I think it would look fantastic!

  14. Claire says

    This is great! My fiance is a geographer, and we both really love maps. We’ve been looking for ways to incorporate maps into our wedding decor, so I’d use these maps to decopage the vases we’re going to use for our table centerpieces.

  15. Wanda says

  16. Finding My Stitch says

    I love maps too! This is a great idea, I’d love to do something like this sometime…

  17. mommypants13 says

  18. Kathy says

    I have a little plant stand that needs a major fix-up. I’ve been looking for just the right thing to decoupage to it’s shelves…this may well be what I need. Here’s hoping!!!

  19. T. Nelson says

    I’d like to map steps in our house with all of our trips as a couple… you know, the part you don’t step on? I’m so technical! LOL

  20. Tristan says

  21. Lauren @ Crafty in the Concrete Jungle says

    This dresser looks really awesome. I’m impressed! I would use the vintage maps for coasters and a desk I’m looking to refinish.

  22. Jenny says

    I think it would be fun to decoupage part of a map onto the face of a clock for a new look!

    sue372 at excite dot com

  23. Clare says

    I would do some canvas pieces. Not very inventive, but I think it would make awesome wall art! That dresser is terrific. I haven’t tried Mod Podge on furniture yet (I am a relative newby) but I love every piece I see!


  24. Michelle L. says

    I would have so much fun trying this! I have a yucky bookcase made of boring veneer. Map-podge would be just the thing. Thanks so much.

  25. Christine says

    I have a table that used to have a piece of marble on it – I think I could use the maps to cover the piece of wood that we cut to take its place & paint the table an off white, distressed look. It would look fantastic! Never thought of it until I saw the map giveaway!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  26. Mindy says

    I have a nighstand that has been screaming for a makeover! Love the idea. Thank you for the opportunity!

  27. Tracy says

    The irony of this post. My 8 year old just asked me for a globe! We have our computer room/homework room and this would be a perfect addition to my grandfather’s roll-top desk he had given me before he died. A treasure in past and present!


  28. Abby says

    I love this! There’s an ugly old multicolored dresser in my basement, left behind by the previous owner, it would be perfect for this project!

  29. Ms. Jen says

    WOW! More great giveaways. Thanks for the chance to win them. I’m not sure what I would use the maps on yet. We’re getting ready to remodel our office/storage/scrappin/hunting/whatever else jumps in here room. Knowing my hubby he would want to do a wall hanging. He loves maps!

  30. Game Master's Wife says

    I would mod podge the maps to my son’s desktop where he does his school work. I love maps, and he loves the thought of traveling.

  31. Helena says

    Oh man, Kurt would love a project like this. One time I stood In front of a giant map, and asked him what he loved more: it or me. And he hesitated. I’m still mad about that…

  32. Anonymous says

  33. dreams_sueños says

    Hi Amy!!!!!! I love this great idea!!!! perhaps I use the map in works on scrapbooking Travel… Thanks for the chance

  34. Suzanne B in San Diego says

    I have a table and a magazine stand that would look great in vintage maps! So many great ideas!

  35. Anonymous says

  36. Sincerely Abi says

    So fun! I would love to use a map for creating sets of wooden baby blocks (which I mod podge with papers.) Thanks!

  37. rickimoo says

    Love to do the top of my computer desk where I sit daily just dreaming of the places I would like to visit. This would be awesome. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Nancy says

    I just bought a 3 drawer cube to help me TRY to organize my crafty things. It is white and boring and I couldn’t think what to do with it. Now I know, maps decoupaged on the sides and drawer fronts! If I only had some…

  39. Corinna says

    I would cover the top of my sofa table. This dresser is gorgeous! Makes me want to do my own dresser, but the darn thing is wicker! :)


  40. KarenB says

    We have a tiny sidetable in the bathroom that needs some loving treatment. I never thought of using maps but it sounds like just the thing I was looking for!

  41. Danielle says

    Ok I am obsessed with maps. I have been wanting to make a table with the top completly covered in maps. This is such a neat project.

  42. SarahJo says

    I have been wanting to do the same thing Kristen did to her dresser, I have been on the hunt for the perfect dresser.

  43. Scrapycandy says

    My son moved cross country and is now moving across the world…I am currently fixing up his old room and was going to place his travel photos on his wall…and now I think I should cover a bookcase with maps too. I am rather inspired!

  44. Vicki says

    Covering the back of my trunk (coffee table) with maps has been on the to-do list for a while! I would love to win this to push me over the edge and actually get it done!

  45. Elena says

    Now I want to mod podge a dresser as well! Lots of great ideas here. I’m thinking I would do the top of a table in my workroom.

  46. Stefanie says

    Oh, the possibilities! I would start with some sort of wall art for my guest bedroom, then maybe the side table in there, or maybe some coasters, or my filing cabinet, or a clock for the guest room, or magazine holders… all these great ideas racing through my head…. how could I choose?!!

  47. Ashley says

    I could look at maps for hours. I think I would podge a map on the top of my husband’s desk in our room, to match the world map that is hanging on the wall.

  48. Summer Lee says

    I showed the dresser to my 14 year old son and he actually swooned!! hahah! That would DEFINITELY be our project!!

  49. DieselMonkey says

    I love travel themes. We’ve had a map headboard for years. I have been looking for maps of our places of birth to MP on wooden initials.

    depending on the map and size I’d cover boxes for storage or make a bunting.

  50. Michelle says

    Either our table that holds our craft supplies or an end table to hold our treasures from our travels. Love the dresser!!
    mhogallery at hotmail dot com

  51. Lindy says

    I was a travel major in college and love anything to do with maps and travel. I would use the map to cover the cabinet in my scraproom. Two of my favorites with me at all times…maps and scrappin.

  52. Julie the Out-Numbered says

    I love the look of maps! It also is a real learning piece for kids!
    thanks so much for sharing.

  53. Jessica says

    OOO Nat Geo maps!!! Holy cow.I have been thinking about all the maps I’ve collected over the years, trying to figure out how to use them. We have an old dresser that is just falling apart. I think acouple of nails or screws, these maps and some new hardware, and it would be a whole new piece of furnature. (Then of course, I’d have to do the mirror too!)
    Thanks for the woderful ideas! And Mod Podge too! Well what a happy girl I would be!

  54. Samspader says

    I love,love that dresser. I have a huge vintage suitcase that would totally love to be covered with a map & Mod Podge. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  55. HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS says

    I want to decopauge a magnetic board, a couple of storage boxes, and some coasters. How fun!!!

  56. cakegirl says

    The dresser is fantastic. I would love to steal the idea and use it on a table in our family room.

  57. nato says

    Hello , would surely try it on the walls for a traveling bathroom for the kids, and some comode that i need to change from plain white. Lovely.

  58. Smasherstein says

    We have a big desk in our bedroom / office that is really plain and boring. I’ve been debating what I should do with – I absolutely love the idea of decoupaging vintage maps on top. I’m kind of obsessed with maps (we have many new and old ones hung up around the house) and I can’t believe I never thought of something like this! :)

  59. [email protected] says

    That is crazy awesome. Funny enough, I was talking on another blog with someone about us thinking that our ideas are unique to us…well we were hoping lol. I just thought of this idea myself but not, I wanted to put maps on the front of a dresser for my room because of the beautiful water color on them. Just told the hubby see no matter what I think of someone else in the world thinks of it to! And I think that is pretty darn cool, that people can be on the same creative link 😉 And I love love love the way the maps look on the front of your dresser. Well done and gorgeous!

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