Monday, September 27, 2010

Nightstand Coasters

Maybe it is because I am lazy. No doubt it is easier to make a set of two coasters than to make a set of four. One thing I have enjoyed making lately is night stand coasters. A set of two coasters, one for each nightstand. One of my favorite things to put on them is a favorite quote or saying split between the two coasters. Like this set, a quote from twilight:"Look after my heart-I've left it with you."

I love this one as well, it is on my nightstands: "eat, drink, be, merry"
These are cool also, although not a split saying, they just kind of go together: "it's simple." "less is more."

The cool thing about these is they are freebies from my vinyl designer. They allow you to download and use a couple freebies to make sure you don't have any trouble before you go ahead and purchase files from them. You can find the free download in several formats including SVG here.

I don't seal my tiles, unless I am using them as coasters, then I like to seal them with the water based Minnwax in a clear satin finish.
It doesn't erode away at the adhesive on the back of the vinyl like many sealers will. It makes for a nice, durable finish on the coasters. It is water based so you can use it indoors, in a well ventilated area. I seal them on the counter in my kitchen. I just put a plastic garbage bag underneath to protect my counter. I do 3-4 thin coats which I can do in one night, one hour apart. It is fast drying and brushes on easily.

So go ahead and make yourself some night stand coasters. Thanks for looking.


  1. Wow these turned out great!!! TFS!

  2. Michelle,
    These coasters are great. Thanks so much for showing a pic of the sealer you used.

  3. Hi Michelle,
    I am just wondering if you seal your coasters before you apply your vinyl or after.
    Thanks for sharing what you have used for a sealer :)


  4. Hi Cindy. I seal them after vinyl. Although I have found using an outdoor vinyl on them works just as well and is alot less hassle!! :-) Also, make sure your tiles are somewhat pourous if you seal them. (The glossy type files do not seal well.)
    Good luck!!

  5. Michelle can I use outdoor vinyl and not have to seal them?