Monday, February 18, 2013

Chalkboard Coasters and other fun stuff.

Occasionally, I get a good idea.  This one started out at a gift shop near the Stockyards in Fort Worth.  The girls & I were shopping and I noticed the cutest little stack of coasters that were priced at 30 dollars for a stack of 4.  My first thought was........  Really?  Second thought.....   I can so do that!

The first stop was the local resale store.   I found stone coasters for this price.  Winning!
The second stop was the hardware Store for chalkboard paint.  It was 15 dollars for a quart.

I simply washed the coasters off with a warm rag and started painting.  
They needed more than one coat of paint.
The round ones were of a higher quality stone than the square ones.  Most likely,  I should have sanded the square ones down a bit.  The only painted coasters I found on Pinterest were made using the unfinished kind you can purchase at Home Depot.  The pinner said she found them for .15 cents and she had to prime her coasters first.  I purchased 8 for .29 cents.  I am still winning!

During the wait time I dragged out something else I purchased at the thrift shop.  It was kinda cute on its own.  It cost me $4.99.  I had other ideas for it.  

Did I mention it is metal???  Score!!

The surfaces need to be seasoned before you write on top.  This is easily done with a new piece of chalk.  Just turn it on its side and chalk it down.  Don't write anything at this stage.  Just rub the side of chalk everywhere and then rub it off with a dry rag.  I did this a few was fun!

Tie them all together and give to a friend or invite a houseful over and share a meal.  Either way.........  They look beautiful!

That super cute painted clothespin magnet was only a quarter!

Now what else can I paint?

1 comment:

  1. Super cute. The thrift stores here are plentiful but I have a hard time finding treasures. I probably need to go more often. Plus they are in not such good neighborhoods.