Here’s an easy way to give old coasters new life – whether the reason they need a refurbishment is because they are peeling, or because you just don’t like their design.
My old coasters were in a pattern I had never really liked, but I had picked them up really cheaply when I was a student, and they have worked hard for a long time. As you can see from the old coaster on the left of the picture below, they were peeling, and had seen better days.
I decided to use some Liberty fabric, felt and Mod Podge to give them a new look, and a new lease on life. It made my really happy to not have to throw them out and buy more, and to have created something with a bit of character. The finished product is on the right side of the photo below.
Just cut pieces of fabric that exceed the size of your coaster by about 2cm on each edge. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the coaster, and lay the fabric on top, pretty side up, smoothing out any bubbles. Let it dry, which will take 30 minutes to an hour.
When dry, turn over the coaster, and cut little splits in the part of the fabric that overhangs the edge of the coaster. You might have to make these quite close together if you are dealing with rounded corners. I cut splits about half a centimetre apart around the corners, and largely left the straight edges intact. The purpose of the splits is to allow you to fold the overhanging fabric neatly on to the back of the coaster, and secure it there with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Once you are happy with your splits, then use the Mod Podge to glue down the overhanging fabric on to the back of the coaster, and let it dry.
Now, you have the basics done. Apply 3 coats of either Mod Podge gloss, satin or matte to the top of the coaster, and the same to the parts of the back of the coaster that are fabric covered, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before turning it over or applying another layer. Finish up with 2 coats of the furniture grade Mod Podge.
Mod Podge washes up in soap and water; wash your brush promptly after each coat or your brush will be ruined.
I gave the fabric a light sand with a very fine piece of sandpaper at this point, just to give it a really smooth finish. It was the finest grade of sandpaper I could get at Bunnings.
To finish it off, cut a piece of felt in a complementary colour to a size just a little bit smaller than your coaster. Use a thin layer of Mod Podge, or any PVC based glue, to secure it to the back of the coaster. It will make sure it is kind to your furniture while in use.
I’m really happy with how my refurbishment of the coasters turned out. Maybe I’ll get another ten years out of them as a result!
You can do this with any colour of fabric you like, just keep in mind that a light fabric might allow the old design to peek through once it has been glued on. If you’re worried about this, just pick a darker coloured fabric, or paint the coaster a light colour first to block out the old pattern.
If all of this has given you a bit of a Mod Podge habit, then check out Mod Podge Rocks. It will show you a whole lot more uses for it.