chalk board painted globe

chalk board painted globe

i’ve had the pleasure to do a few decorating jobs for our school over the summer, and this globe was one of them.

we focus so much on world history that globes are just a natural item to decorate with.

chalk board painted globe

while this globe is beautiful, it just was kind of blah for the school, with the tan color for the oceans and lakes.  but i noticed how pretty the colors of the land masses were and decided to just focus on them by repainting the water.  i though first about painting them turquoise, but then quickly landed on chalkboard paint for the project.  thankfully, i still had some left from previous projects.  the globe was only $3 so this was a cheap fix!

chalk board painted globe

 this took me about an hour and a half, start to finish.  i used a few different sized brushes – big for the open seas, smaller for the land borders, tiny for the lakes.

chalk board painted globe

 as you can see, its not perfect.  i did 2 coats along the edges and 3 coats in the bigger open areas.  the paint dries really quickly so i was able to go over an area just a few minutes after each coat.  and my mistakes aren’t very noticeable – i painted over a chunk of iceland accidentally, but unless you know the land well, you’d never know!  and some of the tiny islands… well, they just don’t exist on my globe!

chalkboard painted globe


i haven’t decided if i want to actually use the chalk board aspect of this and write something on the globe – i kind of just love the matte black against the pretty colors!

since this one has already found a home at school, i may take the similar one from silas’ room and do it again!

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  1. 1

    As someone who’s grandpa came over from Iceland when he was 19, I’m offended that you’d just cover up part of Iceland with chalkboard paint and say it doesn’t exist… he he he ;) Just kidding! (Kidding about being offended…But I really am Icelandic!)
    Your globe looks very cute! :)

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    What a great idea! Your globe looks so different. Let us know if you end up writing on it. And what are the chances that you’d have a reader who knew about Iceland? Oops on that one.

  3. 3

    I love that idea! I am a globe person too {love how you collect them :)} so I’ll probably try my hand at this project while watching a movie in the near future. Thanks for inspiring!

  4. 4

    So great! Fun idea. I’d have to muster up some bravery and patience, I think – but love the result!

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    Mandy S says:

    I am so inspired to creativity by your blog!;) I really never thought to use globes to “decorate” with…much less to paint one! It looks awesome! I have bookmarked a few of your tutorials to work on…especially the family rules!

  6. 6

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! It looks amazing and you COULD use the chalkboard part if you wanted to. Just genius.

  7. 7

    Wow! That does look pretty! Nice job with the painting, too…I probably would have covered up South America or something!

  8. 8

    wow! this is so unique! I have an obsession with globes and collect them. I am going to have to do this. thanks for sharing such a fantastic idea!

  9. 9

    i LOVE this idea. so often the colors of a globe aren’t exactly what i’m looking for in our homeschool space. and now you’ve given me the solution! thank you!!!

  10. 10

    you need a lot of patience for a project like this! but I do love the final result!

  11. 11

    I just had to share this with my readers! Fabulous tutorial and I just LOVE the final globe. Thanks for sharing. Now that I’ve found you, I’ll be re-visiting often :)

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    Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this project on my website as one of my Top 10 Favorite Back To School Crafts! You can check it out at

    I love it! Thanks for sharing this great idea! You’re amazing!

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