DIY Personalized Coasters

30. October 2014 DIY 5

I went on one of my crazy “my house is being over taken by an insurmountable amount of crap” rampages yesterday. Does that ever happen to you? You’re walking through your house…it starts out small. You notice a few things that are cluttering up your house. Then those few things become 35,183 things and suddenly you’re running through your house with a trash bag throwing things away like a crazy lady. Don’t judge me if you’ve never experienced this.

Well, one of my victims happened to be my very outdated coasters. I didn’t even realize how ugly they were until yesterday when I went to pitch them. They’ve been a part of my coffee table for so long, I just don’t even see them anymore. So, after my coasters’ death….I needed new ones. One must have coasters after all. Or cabinets as my five-year old son sometimes calls them. Coasters – cabinets. Tomatoes – Tomottos. “Here Mom put your glass on this cabinet”.   🙂

I knew I could create my new coasters out of some of the scrap wood that is overtaking our garage. I found a few scrap pieces and cut them down to 4″ with the miter saw.

4" Blocks
4″ Blocks

Then I sanded them down to round off the edges and corners.


Then I stained them with my favorite stain Minwax Jacobean. I once pronounced it as two separate words. Like, Jacob – Bean.  Now we refer to this stain as Mr. Bean. Because it’s hilarious.


I rubbed the stain on with a cloth and then rubbed off the excess. Once that was done, I mixed up a small amount of gray paint and water to give the coasters a gray wash next. I wanted the wood to look extra aged and natural and I love the weathered gray look. To apply the gray wash, you paint on the gray-water with a paint brush and then with a cloth rub it back off.

The top three are gray washed and the bottom one isn't. You can see the difference and the more natural aged look the three have.
The top three are gray washed and the bottom one isn’t. You can see the difference and the more natural aged look the three have.

Once that was done I was able to move onto the personalization. I chose the letter “P” for our last name. Creative, I know. With my little foam dot brush and stencil, I blotted on white acrylic paint.


After letting them sit to dry for a little while, I was able to sand them down just a bit to distress the letter. Lastly, I applied 2 coats of polycrylic with a brush to protect them. I gave them a light rub with a brown lunch bag to just get the grit off from the poly, and voila! Done! Personalized coasters!

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I did these super cute Christmas Coasters this weekend! LOVE how they turned out! These would make such a GREAT gift!!


5 thoughts on “DIY Personalized Coasters”

  • 1
    katforhan on October 30, 2014 Reply

    I love this idea! They are beautiful!

    • 2
      Jennifer on October 30, 2014 Reply

      Thank you!!! 🙂 They were so fun to make!

  • 3
    Atomic Hostess on November 4, 2014 Reply

    I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing; I can’t wait to try this out.

  • 4
    ffreshluxe on December 15, 2014 Reply

    I love this idea! In fact I love your entire blog, it represents what I like to call my happy place – DIY projects, and vintage refinished or distressed pieces. So excited to browse through and read, and look forward to future posts!

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