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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A DIY Sunday

My weekend DIY projects have finally taken off. From only making notes and trying to fit in time for these small projects that I have been wanting to do around the house, I have finally ticked started ticking them off the list. Big win!

After Saturday's day long Jewelry Making Workshop, there was no way I was going to touch my pliers again on a Sunday. So out came the paints and brushes. I laid down newspapers in my terrace - my favourite working space in the house and got started.

The coffee/tea stained coasters were something I had wanted to replace for a long time. And being obsessive about reusing something to the maximum before throwing it, I decided to paint them. The plan was to paint them with random flowers and such but the Boy suggested writing quotes. I liked the idea and promptly gave the task of finding small quotes (that will fit in the coasters).

Here is the step by step process:

1) Clean the coasters and wipe them dry
2) Use acrylic colours to give a base coat of paint. I used brown cos the tea and coffee stains had become more or less permanent and would show from any light colour.
3) Leave them to dry for 1-2 hours
4) Finalise on the quotes and decide how you are going to space the words on each of them.
5) Take a toothpick (or the other end of an agarbatti) and get going. You'll have to dip it more often than you can imagine and it will stop being fun after a while. But dont give up, you will feel great once the project is over.
6) Let it dry for another hour.
7) Transparent nailpolish came to my rescue as a sealant. Apply 2-3 layers and again leave it to dry for 15-20 mins. If you are lucky to have varnish, try using that as a sealant. I was tempted to go buy varnish but wanted to complete the project without buying anything new. So I made do with whatever stuff I already had at home.

8) Make yourself a nice cup of coffee, sit in favourite corner of the house and sip away. And of course, use your favourite coaster to set the cup on. :)

Here are a few pictures. Yes just a few because it was getting risky with the phone, paint and a very curious toddler in my lap. :)

Before

WIP

After

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