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Coasters Get a New Look

Friday, July 23, 2010

 Do you like these coasters?  Didn't think so.  Coasters to me are a necessary evil.  Sort of like fans in the summer time.  We use them to protect our furniture and often, they aren't cute.

In walks wall paper.  I love wall paper for many reasons, but my favorite is for using it in unexpected places like here and here.  If you pop into a wallpaper store, be sure to check the clearance bins.  There is always an interesting pattern that you could use to line shelves or the linen closet.


 To make these coasters look a little more current, I placed them on the wallpaper and traced the outline.  Then I cut out the shapes.  Using modge podge, I painted the surface of the coasters with a small brush and applied the wallpaper cuttings, smoothing out the bubbles with my fingers.  Once this dried thoroughly, I applied three more coats to the top, drying in between coats.  Once they were completely dry, I sprayed them with a protective coat of poly.

 Do you use wallpaper in unexpected places?  I would love to hear from you.

Oh and have a great weekend!

I am linking with Completely Coastal, ASPTL, Between Naps on the Porch, Funky Junk.

31 comments:

  1. I have some cork backed ones that could use a change up. I don't have any wallpaper but perhaps scrapbook paper might work. Did you use just the regular mod podge? I've been wanting to use it on something!

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  2. I have seen this done with scrap book paper before. Having done a table with scrap paper, I will say that wallpaper was easier to work with. SB paper was more delicate and it ripped easily.
    As far as modge to the podge, I used matte.

    -Rene

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  3. A fabulous idea, and I have plenty of odd coasters. I plenty of a bunch of stuff

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  4. Love them! I was just at the wallpaper store yesterday hoping to find some grasscloth to line the back of my shelves like yours. No grasscloth in the clearance section but lots of other great deals. Wish I had seen this post yesterday morning. Saw that your chair made the cut in the CSI project (Kim's too). Congrats! My daughter just re-did a dresser...wish we had taken before and after pictures as it is GREAT but being new to all of this I didn't think of it.

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  5. I love these...so pretty! The table scape is gorgeous too. I love that you used the wallpaper as runner. What a great idea!

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  6. I have some cork backed trivets about the size of a dinner plate that we received at our wedding shower 18 years ago! ~hello dated ;) They have a smooth top that would take wallpaper well and would cover the lovely PEACH flowers. I didn't want to get rid of them because they work well protecting the table from hot dishes at buffets. Thanks for the idea!

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  7. Oh, looking so much better. I really love this idea! Need to do this...

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  8. i love coasters i have cupcake ones xxx

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  9. Oh Rene!
    This is just FABULOUS!
    What an incredible IDEA!
    Those coaster are PERFECTION now!
    xo

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  10. what a creative idea!!!! i have a ton of coasters that i am not the biggest fan of... i definitely need to do this project! thanks for the idea!

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  11. I have used wallpaper for all sorts of projects. But I really like yours!
    Brenda

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  12. I have plans to frame big pieces of wallpaper in vertical strips to create an art wall in the living room. I love this idea, though.

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  13. I must admit, I have never thought of covering coasters. What a great idea! I have several coasters that could benefit from this treatment. Well, now you know what I'll be doing this weekend!

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  14. Oh how clever! So pretty, too. I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  15. What a wonderful idea! I love the way they turned out and I love that wallpaper!

    I use coasters...I decorate Country French. I found coasters at Pierre Deux with toile on them so they are perfect. But if I ever need to create some, I will definately do this.
    Penny

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  16. those came out sooo cute! i love the pattern you painted as well as the colors. they're just perfect!

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  17. Those turned out so cute! I always forget to use coasters, actually I am just lazy and don't use them at all. I should though because some of my furniture has suffered because of glass marks :(

    I need to start rethinking about wallpaper, you have great ideas! I banished it from my life after I had to remove some not-so-pretty wallpaper from my bathroom when we moved in. However, using it in small pieces like that would be fun! They are so many great patterns!

    Have a great weekend yourself!

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  18. I love these! Yes coasters are a necessary evil! But better than water stains on your furniture!

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  19. I really want to wallpaper my hall closet in something fun! Love your coasters!
    pve

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  20. can't wait to see the new ottoman...and i've made several sets of those coasters....great gifts for people!!!

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  21. Very cute! Yours turned out great.

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  22. Okay, I'm trying this right now with some scrapbook paper. They have lots of bubbles!! I am on the first top coat. I will let them dry longer and see if they go away. I'm doubting it. What did I do wrong?

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  23. I find scrap paper to be thin and difficult to work with. Wallpaper worked like a charm. Do you have a small rolling pin or something to get the bubbles out with? I have also heard of using a needle to prick a tiny hole so that the extra MP and air can escape. Good luck.

    -Rene

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  24. OK...got the wallpaper, the modge podge and the coasters! I will let you know how it works out.
    Thanks for the inspiration
    Sherry

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  25. Cute idea for a fun update! A local designer put a question of the day out last night asking if wallpaper on the ceiling was a funky twist OR a nightmare. What do you think?

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  26. Extremely cute! I've used different things to cover coasters, but not wallpaper! Yours is divine- so cool and refreshing looking.

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  27. Excellent idea! Would love to try it out. I have used wallpaper to cover match boxes and then given them as a gift with a scented candle.

    Happy to be following your blog now!
    Mary Ann

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