I 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.