Fact: I’ve been in a crafty mood lately. I’ve felt like breaking out the paint and finding an excuse to get my hands messy. Maybe it’s the weather getting warmer outside? I’m not sure. Anyway, we have a set of four coasters that a friend gave us when we got married (they’re cute, with a “B” on them), but when we were having a game night with some friends a few nights ago, I realized we didn’t have enough coasters to go around. Rather than going out the next day to pick up another set, I decided it was a perfect excuse to get my craft on.

Leather Mousepad by Freshly Picked / 7th House on the Left

The design inspiration behind the coasters, oddly enough, came from one of my favorite things on my desk: my mousepad. I love the simple, modern design and the ultra soft texture of the leather… and it smells really, really good, haha.

DIY Rustic Modern Coasters / 7th House on the Left

I found this can of gold spray paint at AC Moore for 99 pennies. At the time, I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I thought, “Hey, I like gold. It’s only a buck. Why not?” When I got to the cashier, they ended up giving it to me for 50¢ because it didn’t have a top. Score!

For the coasters themselves, I picked up a pack of Tumbled Marble tile at Lowe’s for $3.95. I picked this particular tile out because it was a heavy, thick tile (perfect for coasters) and I thought the textured surface would give them some visual interest. Plus, you couldn’t beat the $3.95 (for all nine tiles!) price tag.

In an effort to “think Spring”, I picked out six fun, bright colors from my paint stash. Just in case you wanted to know, here’s a list of the exact colors: Gray Wolf, Geranium, Green Olive, Yellow Jacket, Love Bird, and Pool – all from the Martha Stewart Crafts line. This particular paint is guaranteed to adhere to everything from wood to glass to metal. It’s even indoor/outdoor and dishwasher safe. Yeah, it packs a pretty big punch for a craft paint, huh?

 DIY Rustic Modern Coasters / 7th House on the Left

I started off by cleaning all of the tiles with a bit of alcohol making sure all of the “tile dust” was off – then took them outside and gave each tile several light coats of gold spray paint. As with any spray paint project, a few light coats give much better results than one heavy coat. One thing I love about metallic spray paint is that it dries super fast – so you don’t have to wait a long time between coats.

DIY Rustic Modern Coasters / 7th House on the Left

Next, I took a piece of cork tile left over from another project and cut it into squares just a tad smaller than the tile. Then, I attached each cork piece to the back of the tile with a few dabs of Liquid Nails.

DIY Rustic Modern Coasters / 7th House on the Left

Now, for the fun part… color! I gathered my paint supplies and some Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape and settled in at my desk for the latest episode of Once Upon A Time on Hulu.


I put a piece of Scotch Blue Painters Tape from corner to corner on each tile and painted away. I used the half inch painter’s tape that is specially formulated for freshly painted surfaces. The half inch width is perfect for small craft projects like this. Another thing to note, by putting the cork on before I did the detail painting, it made things a lot easier when it came to painting the edges because it wasn’t sitting directly on a flat surface. That was Greg’s idea. He’s a smarty pants.

DIY Rustic Modern Coasters / 7th House on the Left

I had to post this photo simply because I get giddy every time I pull back painter’s tape to find a nice, crisp line. #diynerd. A few more minutes of painting, plus an hour or two of drying time, and we had a whole new set of fun “modern rustic” coasters…

DIY Rustic Modern Coasters / 7th House on the Left

Aren’t these guys fun?! I love the metallic gold shimmer next to the satin finish of the bright colors. Since we have plenty to keep on hand in the living room, the green one has been staying put on my desk. Oh, and I had to include a photo of one in action…

DIY Modern Rustic Coasters / 7th House on the Left

Even though the process of this project was super simple, it was a lot of fun, and I love the modern flair of the final product. Craft paint, Liquid Nails, painter’s tape and an episode of Once Upon A Time my kind of party.