Hi, my name is Melissa Whitcher. I blog over at Redfly Creations. Before I share with you one of my favorite projects, I’d like to give a big “Thank You” to Abbey for inviting me to share at The Cards We Drew. What a sweet and talented lady she is! I am privileged to get to share with you, her readers. Ok, so on to the project…
“Cup confusion” is what I call it. This is when a family member sets down their partially drank glass of water with the intention of finishing it later. Of course, they don’t remember so they grab a clean glass the next time they’re thirsty. Next thing you know, there are cups and glasses everywhere throughout the house…and no one knows which one is theirs! *sigh*
We’ve tried several ways to fix this. Color coded cups, coasters, and “special places,” just to name a few. All of these worked for a little while, but soon problems arose. Thanks to this pin on pinterest, I think we finally found our solution! We call it our coaster tray.
Now each family member has a special place to set their own cup. Their coaster is initialed so that there is no confusion. Also, the coasters are affixed to the tray so that they are always in one place! Plus, the tray means that there are no more coasters ever sticking to the bottom of a glass. It’s doesn’t hurt that it is pretty to look at too!
So here is how we made it. We started by picking out ceramic tiles for the coasters. They were each about $.30 at Lowes. Next, we cut a board 4 inches wide (the tiles were 3.75 inch squared). The length of the board was cut just long enough to house our 5 coasters.
Next were the initials, which were very easy to apply. We used a stencil and paint from Martha Stewart Crafts. The stencils were sticky so we didn’t need to use tape to secure them. After they were situated where we wanted them, we gently dabbed the paint over the stencil.
|We sealed the wood and|
the painted tiles with Kamar Varnish
It dries in just 15 minutes!
|We covered the screw heads on the|
bottom with little felt pads.