Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DIY Coasters

38 WEEK APPOINTMENT TODAY!! Cross your fingers for some progress : )

I can't remember if I bragged told you all yet that we got new tables in our living room!

We originally had a hand-me-down set from my parents, which was wonderful, but they had glass tops on them. We thought it might be questionable parenting if we had them with a child running around so we got replacements. From a furniture store. Like REAL furniture. Not the piece-together-particle-board kind. The real deal.

The best part? I feel like we stole them. They were about 50% off with sales and markdowns! Worth every penny.

Moving on...

Our coasters with the glass top tables, were also glass (which by the way are UNREASONABLY difficult to keep clean). This just wouldn't work for our new beautiful tables. So what did we do? WE MADE SOME! Becca (twin sister) just bought a home so she needed some too... perfect thing to do during a sister's overnight stay. We were not about to spend $20 a set on "nice" coasters so we thought we would improvise from something we saw on Pinterest.

First, what you will need:
  • Plain tiles - we got 16 (4 sets of 4 coasters is the outcome) at Home Depot for 13 cents a piece.
  • Spray Paint - We did a pearl color and a brown, hammer textured paint
  • Lace - We did 1 yard of lace and used about 1/5 of it. You can never have too much.
  • Felt pads
  • A non-pregnant person that can do the spraying for you.
Here's what the process looks like:


Cut the lace so you have 18 pieces (for 16 coasters) about the size of your tiles. Becca liked the ones that were off center and I liked the centered ones, you have options.

The reason you cut two extra is because you may want to test which color should go on the bottom and which on top. You can see in the picture above by Becca's knees, there are two spots painted without tiles. This is where we discovered we like the brown on top.

Lay out your tiles on the surface you want to paint them on.

Spray on a LIGHT coat of your base color (our pearl color). The reason I say light is you don't exactly want drips.

Let dry for about 1 hour.

Place a piece of lace on each of the tiles, on top of your base color.

Again, spray a LIGHT coat of your secondary color. Seriously guys, just a mist. If you use too much, you might not get the whole lace effect as it can creep under the lace.

Let stand for 1 hour and remove lace.

Place what I call "savers" which are just felt pads on the bottom of the coasters so they don't scratch your table.

Then, take a picture of the awesome outcome.

Easy, inexpensive, and a fun thing to do with a friend/sister (and my husband LOVES them... BONUS!).

1 comment:

  1. Those came out beautifully! Good luck at your 38 week appointment; I hope you've made progress and are even closer to meeting your precious baby!


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