I have to admit- when I first decided to create coasters from salvaged wood, I had a very different vision in mind. Here’s how it began…
I went to a salvaged wood sale and filled up my car with some fantastic pieces. There were…just a few planks to choose from…
The options for making my coasters were endless! No joke…the salvaged wood pile went on…and on…and on…
I had fallen in love with an old white-washed board that for my project. Even though I would have sealed it with top coat, I had this niggling thought in the bag of my head- what if that chippy white goodness was lead paint? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Not that anyone would have licked the coasters, but it bothered me nonetheless. So I decided that I had better test the wood for lead before I even got started.
And wouldn’t you know it- but that blazing pink/red confirmed my fears: LEAD.
So I set aside my original idea and went back to the drawing board…err…in this case, my pile of salvaged wood. This time around, I selected one that was unpainted- a nice 4” wide plank that would give me perfectly sized coasters.
Now I needed a new vision for how my coasters would look- without the whitewashed (and lead-covered) board, my original plan just wouldn’t be as exciting. With my yearnings for autumn in full swing, I decided to add a little plaid my coasters. Would I use flannel scraps from my table runner or hand warmer project from last year?
I’d use tweed!
First- I gave the coasters a nice deep stain and sealed them with butcher block oil and furniture wax.
After a couple of trips to various thrift stores, I returned home, arms full of clearance rack tweed and wool coats (both men’s and women’s- tweed is tweed!) that would be perfect for repurposing.
I wanted mug-sized circles of tweed on each coaster- so I made a pattern, pinned it to a swatch of wool, and then used my pinking shears to cut it out.
Then, I swirled a very thin coat of Mod Podge in a circle on each coaster. After I fixed the tweed to the circle, I then dabbed a wee bit more Mod Podge under the circle’s edges. I wanted enough “glue” to hold my tweed in place, but not so much that it would bleed through.
And there you have it- coasters that look so autumn-y I could swoon. Perfect for holding steaming mugs of tea or hot cider…and they act as autumn décor to boot!
Maybe I didn’t get to try my original idea thanks to some pesky lead paint…but these turned out better than I could have imagined. So I think it was meant to be after all!
Craft on (and welcome Fall!)!