New Uses for Old Things: Antique Tiles as Coasters

Antique Tiles as CoastersI had been looking for some good coasters for a while, and was not pleased with what I found. Not that there was anything wrong with them, but I needed something with character. After a frustrating late-night internet search, I was drifting off to sleep when the flash of inspiration came to me: “You idiot! You work in an architectural antique store! Go find some tiles!”

So the next day, I spent twenty minutes trying to decide which fireplace tiles to buy. I finally settled on a blue one with a torch and laurel wreath, two with abstract floral-type designs, and three plainer ones with various colors.  The decorative ones are $6 each at Preservation Station (not listed on the website, but available) and the plainer ones with no surface designs are $2 each.  They date from the mid-Nineteenth Century to about the 1920’s.

After work, I stopped by Michael’s and picked up a 99-cent square of sticky felt and applied it to the backs.  Voila! Custom coasters, unlike anyone else’s.  And if, for any reason, I ever want to turn them back into tiles, the sticky felt application is totally reversible.

Sticky felt applied to the backs of tiles

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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