Do you use coasters? Pinterest has cute DIY ideas for gifts, but I wonder if they'll be used.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 8:20:27 AM
If you do, is it to protect a nicely surfaced table top? Or some other reason?

Except for the kitchen table, my house doesn't have furniture that requires protecting.

So I forgo the coasters, even though a friend made me some nice ones last Christmas.

It's just more stuff to deal with in my daily living, I guess.

I love these mason jar lid ones, but they're out of stock I guess.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 8:35:52 AM

I do. I use coasters help absorb the condensation that forms on the outside of the glass. I don't use them on the kitchen table because it has a ceramic top, but with all the other furniture we use coasters.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 8:36:40 AM
I have mixed thoughts on theses. They're cute, but I wonder how absorbent they are. (talking about the 4x4 tumbled tiles) once covered with Mod Podge it would seem they would have a barrier to the asorbtion.

The glass ones are cute, but again would only be used for heat protection. I guess we drink more cold things than hot.

I have some slate ones that are sealed and the condensation forms a big puddle. Move the glass and water goes everywhere.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:11:21 AM
I don't, but we only eat and drink in the kitchen.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:21:11 AM
We do use coasters but only the ones that are really absorbent. I would not use any sort of tile coaster or anything made of something that will not absorb the moisture.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:28:07 AM
I use coasters and love to collect them. I have tiled coasters, knit coasters, coasters made to look like records, glass coasters and bamboo coasters. I also have a collection of thick cardboard coasters from different bars from around the world. My friends know to swipe those for me as a souvenir.

I have always used coasters, regardless of wanting to protect the table or not. I even use coasters outside on my outdoor furniture.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:46:47 AM
We use coasters. I don't know that my table tops are "nicely surfaced," but they are wood. Coasterless hot and cold drinks leave rings on wood.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:50:06 AM
I use them to protect my dining room table. This is the only piece of furniture I've ever felt I needed to protect though.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:50:49 AM
Link please. my IL use coasters 100% of the time. Us? Never.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:52:24 AM
We didn't until I made some for DH. None of our surfaces are anything special but he wants to keep the older ones from getting more water stains.

MIL has some in her cottage but not her main house. One cousin has some but I can't say if any other family members do. One friend has them because her DH is an anal control/clean freak.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 10:16:41 AM
I am a fanatic about coasters. We do use them to protect our wood furniture. I like the ones made of stone that absorb moisture. They usually have a cork backing to keep from scratching. I also have some applique ones that I use in my office mostly to keep my desk from getting wet as the condensation drips off my cup.

As for giving them as gifts, I am usually not a big fan of little trinkets but I got a set of four stone coasters as a hostess gift that had been stamped with things related to my husband's plane like a picture of the jet, another one says "Big Sexy" which is the plane's nickname, etc. He loves them, I love them, we use them every single day. I think they make terrific (useful!) gifts.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 11:34:36 AM
We have wood tables and end tables, so we use coasters quite a bit. We were given a set when we got married and use them all the time.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 11:51:56 AM
I do use them. I have wood furniture in my living room (I use them when I have guests over-- if they are in the living room, sitting at the couch and they want something to drink, I will put the coaster down to protect my end table or coffee table) and my bedroom (hubby likes to have a glass of water next to his bed). I'd be happy to receive coasters as a gift!

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Posted: 11/15/2013 11:54:55 AM
I love coasters.

If they are made with Mod Podge, I'm not sure how functional/long-lasting they will be, unfortunately. Mod Podge tends to remain slightly tacky when dried (just barely), plus is water-soluble so I'm not sure the Mod Podge seal would stand up to wet glasses for very long.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 12:46:33 PM
I use coasters throughout the house, hate when glasses leave a ring on furniture. I have pinned several coaster DIY on Pinterest but have yet to try any. I did buy a set of coasters for my scrapbook room made of soap tile and then rub ons for embellishment. There is a coating over it, so not that absorbent but I do love them.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 2:04:06 PM
I do use coasters every day.

However, I would not use either of those you linked to.

IMO, in order for a coaster to be useful it needs to be absorbent and have some kind of lip. The purpose of a coaster to me is to keep the moisture from my cup from getting on my furniture. IMO, a flat, sealed tile wouldn't do that. They are pretty, but not useful.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 3:24:01 PM
I live in a desert, and for about 10 months out of the year whatever cup/glass your beverage is in it sweats. So we use coasters everywhere. Desks, coffee tables, night stands. I wouldn't use those because they don't go with my house, but they would be great because they would contain any liquid which is nice. Mine are the thirsty stones.


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Posted: 11/15/2013 4:06:10 PM
I'm pinning your coasters, thanks!
I have a set that I use not on the table or coffee table, but on the bedside table or a couple of other odd places that I don't want there to be water rings left.

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