Sunday, May 31, 2009

Coasting

I don't know about you, but we eat and drink all over our house. I know that things would be cleaner if we confined food and drinks to the kitchen, but the truth is that I really like to carry a drink with me wherever I am. And if I am allowed to do it, it's only fair that the rest of the family be allowed to do it, too.

One consequence of this casual take-your-drink-wherever-you-like policy is that we need coasters. Lots of coasters.

My favorite coasters are the ones made by Pimpernel. You know, the ones with the cork backs and the beautiful scenes on the front. Only problem is that they are expensive. Too expensive for me to have them everywhere I'd like to have them. So here's an economical solution: Dollar Tree coasters.

Now, Dollar Tree coasters are just the right price for me, but unfortunately they do not have those beautiful scenes on the front. The last ones I found looked like this:



These are fine for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans' Day, but they're not quite what I had in mind for the other 361 days of the year.

Solution? Black spray paint, of course! Presto chango!



Nice and plain, but not quite what I wanted. So I pulled out some stencils and gold paint, and now I have these:



And the really cool thing is that I've made two with the harlequin design (for my bedroom), two with the fleur de lis (for the guest bedroom), and I still have two left from that $1.00 package! Maybe I should paint those a brighter color and add some polka-dots or something. Or a monogram might be nice. What do you think?

Check out the other cool projects at Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Thanks for giving us the chance to share, Susan!

20 comments:

  1. Hi Richella, Love this idea! The Dollar Store has become one of my fav places to shop recently. :-) Your coasters are so pretty and elegant looking...took those Dollare Store coasters to a whole new level! Welcome to Met Monday, btw, so glad you joined in this week!
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  2. Wow, transformation for dollar store finds. You're my kind of decorator!

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  3. Love the new look! How creative of you!...Christine

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  4. How clever to make what you want and recycle something all at the same time. Love them. Hugs, Marty

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  5. what a brilliant idea, i love the way the new look, and you would think you paid big dollars for them.
    hugs
    janet

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  6. These look great! You are the most creative one!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. Neat idea! We're a coaster family, too. I'm putting them on my list. ~ Robyn

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  8. Love it!!!! I know what you mean about toting drinks around with me, especially since I have been dieting and trying to drink lots of water. I have started making the tile coasters I am seeing all over blogland. I will have to try your idea, as well. Thx for sharing! Barb

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  9. Wow, your coasters look like they came from an expensive boutique! Great job. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

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  10. A dollar never looked to good! I believe I am invincible with a can of black spray paint! :)

    Have a happy week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  11. Oh wow! Those are gorgeous! Great job! I just might have to give it a shot! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  12. wow- great transformation! after you painted them, did you seal wthm with anything?

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  13. Oh, Dawn, thanks for reminding me. After I painted them, I did spray clear polyurethane over them.

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  14. I think I'll just take time to send this comment before taking off for the dollar store! What a fab idea!

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  15. Hi Richella~ It's amazing how something so simple can be transformed to look like a million bucks. Thank you so much for getting my creative juices flowing. Stop by and visit and if you like what you see, don't forget to click the "follow" button so that we can inspire each other more often!

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  16. How cute these are, very french, oui! ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  17. Great job at coasting ! Most coasters are so blah blah blah you made them oooo laaa laaa !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  18. Wonderful transformation! Isn't spray paint the absolute best? That reminds me, I have a can of spring green calling to me!

    Ellen

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