These mid-century modern coasters are sure to spruce up your living room or bar, and they make adorable gifts. Grab a paintbrush and learn how to tackle this quick DIY project.
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How to Paint Cork Coasters
- Plain cork coasters
- Acrylic paint
- Paintbrushes (and possibly a sewing pin or toothpick)
- Matte clear sealer
- Palette to hold paint
- Cup of water to clean paintbrushes
- Sandpaper (optional to remove unwanted paint)
Step 1: Mix Your Mid-Mod Paint Colors
Have fun and get creative with your paint colors. Just make sure you mix enough to finish the whole project!
I chose mod turquoise and orange with classic black, white and gray. My turquoise is a blend of Apple Barrel parrot blue, bimini blue and new shamrock, and my orange is a blend of flag red and bright yellow.
Step 2: Paint Your MCM Coasters
Atomic Kitty Coasters
Start by giving the mod cats bowling pin bodies, triangle ears and curvy tails, along with football heads, eyes and pupils. Choose a bold accent color for the collars. Wait between each layer to let the paint dry.
Then add some mid-century pizazz with retro diamonds, Sputniks or stars. You can learn more about how to paint mod cats in this tutorial.
Sandpaper Trick: If you get a bit of unwanted paint dripping over the side of your coaster, wait until it dries and then lightly sand the edges wherever you want to remove paint.
This coaster is the easy one. Yay! Make colorful asterisks or eight-pronged Sputniks. Give them circles in the middle and at the tips of the prongs. Then add a contrasting dot in the middle of each Sputnik for interest.
Space Cat Coasters
This coaster is a little trickier. Start by painting a spaceship, leaving room for the intergalactic passengers. I chose a rocket shape with a dome on top.
Next paint the kitties similar to how you did above, but tiny! For the pupils, I dipped a sewing pin in black paint and carefully dabbed it on the white eyes. A toothpick would probably work as well.
Step 3: To Seal or Not to Seal?
After your coasters dry, you might want to seal them before use.
Cork is naturally absorbent, which is why it’s a popular choice for coasters. So it’s a tough call between keeping that absorbency or sealing the cork to protect your work.
I decided to use a couple of light coats of matte clear sealer spray paint. But I also made peace with the fact that these are coasters and they will wear out over time. On the bright side, that means a lot of opportunities to paint more!
More Fun With Mod Cats
Every room needs cats! Keep the fun going and fill your home with these feline-approved DIY projects.
- Make a retro Christmas cat painting
- How to frame vintage wooden cats
- Paint your pumpkins in MCM style with a mod kitty