Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Painted Coasters: A project fail

After seeing some beautiful inspiration on painted coasters and geometric designed coasters, I decided I needed to make some myself.

DIY Painted Coasters

A few months ago when we were scoping our flooring for our master suite renovation, I had taken three floor samples from Home Depot that I knew would work perfect for coasters.

Coasters Before

I sketched up a couple of fun geometric prints, taped them off, and started painting. I had white and pink spray paint, then decided to do the other colors (yellow, mint & navy) with my regular paint & a paintbrush.


And right about now is when the project took a turn for the worse. The navy paint that I used was a free sample of Valspar paint that I had gotten at Lowe's. If you receive an HGTV or DIY magazine, you've probably seen the "free sample" coupons that are in the magazine.


I'm more of a Behr paint girl and will definitely stay that way after this project. The Valspar paint was really thin and watery.  The watery-thin paint + the ridges of the flooring samples meant that the navy paint spread everywhere. It seeped under the blue painters tape, over the blue painters tape (and all over my counter). It was a mess.

It was such a mess that I didn't even think to take a photo. So you'll have to take my word for it. I salvaged one of the coasters that was ruined by the navy paint, but it's definately not as pretty as I would have hoped. I even had to throw one of the three away, because there was no salvaging it. Sad days.

Coasters After

But free + a little bit of a headache is way better than having boring coasters! Right?

Have you ever worked on a project that turned out poorly?

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  1. Too bad, but the other ones are really cute.
    I agree with you on the Valspar samples--way too thin and I get stuck painting 3 coats every time.

  2. They are cute! We had a Valspar nightmare - I'm still scarred and refuse to use any of their products.

  3. I have to say, I've never liked ANY of the paint I've bought at Lowe's which is a bummer cause I like to have some variety in color choices, especially for spray paint. I'm all about Behr and Rustoleum now. The two coasters that turned out look very cute though, I'm thinking this might be my weekend project :)

  4. Wow...good to know about the Valspar! I'm a Behr girl as well. The 2 coasters look great! I really need to make some for the basement that we just finished. We have a fun orange, white & gray theme down there :)

  5. These look really cool, I love the pattern you have painted on them :)

  6. I can't believe how many people have emailed me or commented on how they dislike Valspar paint too. How did I never know it was so terrible?!

  7. These are so cute!! I am a Behr kind of gal too, thanks for the tips I guess I will stay that way! I would love it if you linked this up to our wowza weekend link party! Hugs!!

  8. It is too bad that you ran into problems with the blue paint. I love the designs and I especially, love that you used repurposed floor samples that you already had! You are so resourceful!

  9. I JUST picked up that free Valspar sample today. Sadly, I have just lowered my expectations for it after reading this post :(

  10. what an awesome DIY project! These turned out great...I might just try this myself. Stopping by from Dream a Little Bigger linky party.

  11. They turned out really well despite the original fail! I've had many projects that end up at the bottom of my garage can...or near the top of it if I haven't cleaned it out for a while:)