No, I’m not in Chicago (Alas, I’m sure it’s much cooler there) But amidst all the things in my life I completely forgot to blog about a project I did a couple of months back for the office I work at.
This isn’t the first decorating project I’ve had the chance to do for the office and I’m sure it won’t be the last; if you want to see the others you can click here or here.
I work at a financial planning office. It’s pretty awesome but it is lacking a little… Style. Luckily I’ve been given the go ahead to jazz it up a bit. We had a bunch of coasters from various places but no matching sets so I took the liberty of buying a little pack of blanks from the craft store and sanding them nice and smooth.
Then I just doodled a little geometric design. I chose a bull and a bear since we work in stock portfolios (among a myriad of other things), used my scanner to enlarg it to the right size for the coaster then numbered each section to correspond with a paint color. In other words I made myself a paint by numbers, that way I wouldn’t end up with two like colors touching each other due to lack of planning.
Then I taped the photocopied image onto the coaster and traced over the lines with the blunt edge of an exact-o knife
This left an etching of the image in the soft pine wood of the coaster.
After that it was just a matter of painting each section like I had planned out.
I had four coasters in total so to make each one different i flipped the images so the animals were facing opposite directions and also shuffled which numbers corresponded to which colors.
After the paint was dried I then used a walnut stain over top. Stain over paint may sound kind of silly but on a thin coat of paint it still pulls out the grain of the wood and gives the paint a distressed/vintage look.
The final touch is just a quick clear coat to seal everything and protect it from sweating water glasses.