I've been obsessed with world maps for a couple of months now ...
Micah made a masterpiece!

The canvas spreads out about five feet across the focal wall in the dining room, above where the table will be.

It took a trip to Hobby Lobby where only $40 was spent and many tedious hours of meticulous cutting, but luckily the labor was free..

Six canvas, 14 foam pieces, and a can of black spray paint later it is probably my favorite piece in the house...
I love to look at it everytime I walk by!


Altered Light

Who likes those gold standard chandeliers that come in every apartment or house?!

No one.. so i wanted to see if I could transform it.

First: Remove the bulbs and unattach it from the ceiling.
Part of me wanted to be able to reattach it and reuse in the dining room
 but the wires weren't long enough to hang it over the table.

Next: Take apart the pieces and individually sand the metal so that the spray paint can be absorbed. Then spray Rust Oleum glossy (black in this case) evenly over the entire lamp. If you hang it to paint it is much easier to get an even look all the way around.
Using one of these is really handy for no getting paint all over you hands and cheap, $3!
Also, remember that if you want the chain to match to spray it hanging and then flip and do the same for no spots.

Then: When it is dry completely put the pieces back together and hang in the house. I repurposed mine to be a candleabra which turned out pretty good as you can see.

Finding candles that fit are more difficult because the holes are smaller, but we tried shaving a bit off the end and turning them upside down since the wick was on both sides.