Thursday, November 13, 2014


Today's tweak is an easy one. And for free. Just used what I had at home.
Last year during our open enrollment at work, Nationwide, which handles our 401K, gave away these leather coasters for the employees. I took one for my desk.
Next day in the break room, there was a box with the left over coasters. I picked couple of them. A week later, the box was still there with few more pieces. I picked couple more. So I had 5 of them on my desk.
Fast forward to six months, I decided to tweak these coasters.
I had this gold scrap book paper that I had used for some other project. It is a pretty thick paper. My plan was to modge podge the gold paper on the top, paint the rim of the coaster either red or gold, both of which I had.
I turned the paper upside down, laid the coasters on it and circled around it on the paper with a pencil.
The paper was enough for 6 coasters. I should have picked one more coaster.
 Then cut them to size.
I applied Mod Podge on the top of the coasters with a brush. Placed the gold paper on the it. Once I was done with the Mod Podge on all the coasters, I placed heavy books on them and left so overnight.
I did not paint the rims of the coasters as planned since the surface was not smooth. I did sand the rim but still it was not smooth enough to paint. And I like it this way. The paper too has some texture.
The coasters were tweaked to be taken back to work for my desk. But they looked perfect for my coffee table.
Everything on the coffee table is tweaked....the gold tray, the petals tea-light candle holder, the big tray and the flowers in the vase. Will post them soon. One tweak at a time....
The gold paper was less than $2 at Michaels. Michaels/Hobby Lobby has so many options in color and design in scrap book paper/stock papers.
Have you changed the look of your original coasters at home?


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  1. Reshma, will it be heat resistant after pasting the paper on the coaster?


    1. Babli, The paper is a card stock with some coating on it which does not wet. I used the coasters and they look fine. You could coat a layer of mod podge on the top to seal it. I did not do since the paper has some texture.

  2. simple yet impressive.. have you tried spray painting your coasters??

    1. Hey Patty, Thank you. These were my first set of coasters at home. No, I have not spray painted any coasters yet.

  3. That is a brilliant idea for free trade show coasters that function well but are really ugly. Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. I agree with you. Tweaking those free trade show stuffs is easy though.