Scrapbook Paper & Tile Coasters

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I bought some coasters from Ikea back when I was in college. They cost next to nothing, but they are also hideous. So I set out to make/buy a set to match my white/grey/yellow themed décor inspired by Mum In the Mad House.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. 4.25” Bright White Tiles (Home Depot) or any color tile you want
  2. Clear Spray Paint
  3. Scrapbook Paper (one standard 12 x 12 sheet can be cut for 9 coasters)
  4. Drop Cloth/Paper bag/Something you can make mess on
  5. Scissors/Paper Cutter
  6. Optional: Furniture tabs (Felt or Rubber)

I got my tiles from Home Depot for $0.16 apiece (SO CHEAP!), scrapbook paper from Michaels (don’t forget your coupons!), and clear spray paint left over from another project. I decided on clear spray paint instead of modge podge because I didn’t want to buy any (good reason), spray paint seemed easier, and modge podge seems to give the coaster a cloudier finish. I skipped the furniture tabs because I use these on my coffee table and don’t care if its scratches.

To start, I cut my scrapbook paper down to 3.75” squares with a paper cutter (a better more awesome version than mine from Amazon) to make sure I got straight lines. You can do this with scissors and cut whatever design you want, but I went simple. Obviously…bought too much paper. I also grabbed a pair of scissors and cut a Trader Joe’s paper bag open to lay my tiles on.

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I grabbed my tiles, scrapbook cutouts, paper bag, and spray paint and headed outside. Probably best to do this out of direct sunlight. Spray paint doesn’t do well with direct sun/heat. Also, I do all my spray painting on the grass because once the grass is cut, there’s no evidence of all the overspray (more helpful when its white spray paint and keeps my gardener wondering what the heck I’m doing). Win.

I laid the tiles down on the bag being sure to leave enough space between them to spray the sides because they come kinda rough and not shiny and smooth on the sides. I started by spraying the sides of each tile, then a light spray on top, emphasis on light! If you spray too much this stuff puddles and turns a not cute shade of yellow, especially on white surfaces.

I’d recommend you spray one tile at a time because the goal is to lay the scrapbook paper down before the paint dries/becomes unsticky. I placed my scrapbook paper square on the tile and had a few seconds to shift it around, but after that its stuck. I ran my fingers over the dry paper to make sure it completely stuck to the tile and had no air bubbles. The paper looked a little wet and ugly when I did this, but it went away as it dried.

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I waited about 15 min for it all to dry. Once it was dry, I sprayed another light (emphasis on light) coat of clear on top and repeated this 2-3 times to get that glossy finish and to make sure the paint sealed the paper to the coaster. Let dry 24 hour before use. I wasn’t patient enough to wait that long, but that’s what I’m recommending anyway.

This is when you’d stick on the furniture tabs to protect whatever surface you’re using this on. Make sure to wipe the surface before sticking (maybe with a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball) to get any dirt/oil and stuff off to make sure it sticks. I’d recommend one in each corner for balance. Voila.

Here’s what they look like:

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I’ve tested these out with hot and cold drinks and haven’t had any issues with condensation/heat. And since it was so cheap and easy, I can afford to just replace them when I’m ready for a new design!

Here’s a few more ideas I considered:

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  1. Gold Chevron Coasters
  2. Painted Cork Coasters
  3. Lace Coasters

Painted Outdoor Doormat

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The original owners of the house left a gross moldy old doormat that I threw out when we moved in and I haven’t had the motivation to get a new one until now. Inspired by Cupcakes and Cashmere, I decided to make my own.

I wanted a large sized doormat to fit the space so I purchased this one from OSH and gathered other supplies I had laying around the house.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Plain doormat, any size you want
  2. Paper bag/plastic trash bag/drop cloth/something to lay your mat on in case the paint seeps through
  3. Sponge Brush (I recommend one for each color)
  4. Oil-based paints in your choice of color
  5. Masking tape or Painter’s Tape (whatever you have lying around)
  6. Measuring tape/ruler (optional)

I searched Google and Pinterest for some geometric inspiration…

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  1. Slanted Triangles
  2. Multi Colored Chevrons
  3. Zig Zag

…and somehow came up with a mish mosh of whatever I could tape down. I divided the mat into 4 even-ish columns, 3 even-ish rows and diagonal lines across each square. You can’t really tell they’re not even and who’s going to know (except maybe you)? The mat isn’t exactly the same dimensions that it says either, so I half measured and half eyeballed to come up with my best guess of what was even. Forgot to take a picture after this, but you can see what I did in the pictures below…

On to painting. So Cupcakes & Cashmere used acrylic paint, but when I read the label…

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…it seemed like a not so good idea. Clean up with soap and water? I live in California where it rains almost never, but I didn’t want to risk a grey/yellow/white doorstep just in case. So one triangle is painted with this paint and I painted over it later with oil based paint. I had yellow and grey purchased at Home Depot that I had left over from another project. Here in California, you can only purchase pre-mixed oil based paint in these small cans or smaller (which is more than enough). I used about 1/3 of the can of each grey and yellow in a gloss finish and a smaller can of white in a matte finish (not pictured and no reason for change in finish—just picked up a random can) from OSH. The guy who was helping me thought I was crazy when I said I was painting a doormat. He probably has an ugly doormat.

Side note: Do this outside. It stinks.

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I used a sponge brush to smash in the paint. And it takes more paint than you think because it just sinks into the mat and isn’t all that spreadable. My tiny bottles of acrylic paint weren’t going to suffice anyway. I found the best method was to dip then entire brush in the paint, smash the flat/wide side of the brush into the mat to get the best/fastest coverage, and maybe move it side to side a little to distribute (not that it moves very much). I ended up with a lot of paint splatter on my legs (not so easy to wash off…lesson learned).

I did 2 coats of each color and after about 45 min of painting, I got this. Looks kinda ugly and the paint colors don’t seem all the vibrant…except maybe the ONE yellow triangle I used acrylic paint on (oops)…

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But, no worries! I tore off the tape and look what I got:

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Not bad? The yellow triangle looks way less obvious in person. I set it off to the side to dry for 24 hours before placing it in front of the door to walk on. Here it is:

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That door is so dirty…

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