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DIY Rustic Modern Coasters / 7th House on the Left

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.

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    April 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

    These are so cute! This is one DIY project that I can get on board with- I’m not that crafty but I wish I was and this is great inspiration. I love that green one and the aqua one too- heck…they’re all cute!

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    April 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    What a fabulous gift this would be too!! Awesome idea and design!

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    April 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Love these! Going to try to make a set. Thanks for the idea!

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    April 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

    So pretty! I’ve been needing some new coasters myself. I love how these turned out!

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    Sara Dean
    April 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Adorable! They’re so springy and fresh. I love a quick and satisfying DIY project!

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    Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms
    April 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Oh so simple and lovely!! I really like these. I am a sucker for coasters. I always want more!

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    April 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Girl – You are simply genius! Love the outcome! I have seen a lot of coaster ideas, I just need to finally pick one and go with it, and yours is at the top of the list!


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    April 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Very cute!! How do they hold up to heat (coffee cups)? Do the cups stick to them?

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      April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks!! The glasses/cups don’t stick to them at all. Since the paint is dishwasher safe, I’d think they would be pretty heat resistant for hot coffee cups and such.

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    Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    April 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    These are so cute! I would love to make some more coasters for our house. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Abby =)

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    April 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    loved seeing the process and finished product, thanks for the inspiration, smart chick!

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    April 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    So cute! All the coasters I’ve seen out this season are too expensive, and these are way more fabulous. Thanks for the great idea!

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    Stacey @ Likes to Smile
    April 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    They are gorgeous with a capital G!

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    April 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Love this idea! The simple pattern is perfect and they’re so bright and fun!

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    Peggy W
    April 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I just love this DIY and you always take the best pictures! #onecoolchick

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    April 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    These are so cute! I’m always up for a cheap and easy project like this. Love the gold and fun colors too.

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    April 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This is such a neat idea! I may just have to try it out. I’m getting tired of our mismatched coasters, and for this price it’s worth it for sure.

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    April 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

    i love this idea!! too cute!!

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    Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life
    April 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    So cute! And pulling back the painter’s tape to find a crisp line is one of my favorite thing, too! 😉

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    Grant Carter
    April 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

    These look great, keep it up! 🙂

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    Jessica @ Decor Adventures
    July 2, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I love these! I actually just made some coasters myself, only by putting cork on the bottom of tile we found in the garage {leftover from the kitchen}. I never thought to paint them, duh!

    I’m off to my craft paint stash right now…

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    August 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    oh my gooodness, just did this today and it has to be my favorite DIY project, it turned out great, and it was sooo easy. plus, it didn’t require much patience and that is always a plus! best tutorial ever. thank you!

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