Skip to main content

Repurposed Glass Furniture Coasters

Today is all about a little 'find' I made at the Cottage.  Tucked in the back of a cabinet were these little glass cups:
I knew exactly what they were because I saw them under my grandparent's furniture legs when I was a little girl.  They are called 'furniture coasters' or, sometimes they are called 'casters'. They were used to protect floors and were very popular at one time.  

Hazel Atlas was a popular brand of coasters and I'm guessing these were made by them.  You can see the 'H' etched in the base:
These coasters were certainly used - notice the scratches - but, were not abused - no chips or cracks.  
They needed a new life, so they became tealight holders!  A tealight fits perfectly inside.
Did I mention the glow of the flame shows off the beautiful green glass?
So, the next time you're in a thrift store and see these, grab a few.  You'll have some new tealight holders!  

What have you repurposed lately?


Linking to:

Comments

  1. I bet a lot of people would have no idea what these glass furniture coasters were ever used for. They make great little tea light holders

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wondered the same thing, but I now love their new purpose!
      Thanks for stopping by, Mimi. Come back again soon.

      Delete
  2. Hey Ann, I love vintage glass and was wondering if those pieces were vaseline glass? Under a black light they would glow....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wondered the same thing, Brenda. I checked, and sadly, no.
      I'm so glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

      Delete
  3. Great idea! The vintage glass is such a pretty color. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Linda. Green is not my usual 'go-to' color, but I really like the green for tea lights.
      So glad you stopped by the Cottage!

      Delete
  4. I have lots of these but mine are all clear ones. Love the green ones.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You've got lots of tealight holders! I'll bet if you put colored tealights in them, they look beautiful in the clear glass holders. Give it a try and let me know, Bev.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  5. Very cute way to use vintage items. So I'm guessing people used them because they didn't want to scratch the floors or dent the carpet? Would things slide on wood? Cute repurpose.Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week!
    Kim

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's it exactly, Kim. They protected floors from scratches and dents. I don't think things would slide too much because the weight of the furniture kept them in place.
      Thanks for stopping by the Cottage - I hope you'll come back again soon!

      Delete
  6. Those look so nice- I love the color. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you - glad you stopped by.
      Come back again soon!

      Delete
  7. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW DIY party

    ReplyDelete
  8. Ann, how cool is that! I've only ever seen plastic ones. I'm thinking these must be from the 40s or 50s?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Jean. The house was built in 1931 so they could be from the 30s. I wish they could talk, I'm sure they'd have some great stories to tell!
      I'm so glad you stopped by. Stop back again soon, Won't you?

      Delete
  9. Wonderful repurpose! I've never seen glass ones either! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had to think of something to do with them! LOL
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

How To Decoupage Dresser Drawers - With Napkins!

Welcome back!  Last week you saw a garage sale dresser transformed with paint and decoupaged napkins.  If you missed it, click here

Today I have a little tutorial showing how it was done.  Let's get started, shall we?

The drawers were sanded down to bare wood and the edges were painted black to match the rest of the dresser.  The napkins were found at the Dollar Store.
Notice they are 2-ply napkins?  You only need one, so separate those layers! Iron the one-layer.  It helps when you are ready to lay it down on the wet decoupage medium.   Since the napkins were not wide enough to cover the entire drawer, I was going to have to piece them together.  These napkins also had a very definite pattern that was going to need matching, so it was time for some measuring.  I found the middle of the drawer and matched it to the middle of the napkin.  Then I marked the edges of the napkin on the edge of the drawer with chalk.  See the white (chalk) dot? There are actually two of them as guides for …

The Poplar Chest of Drawers

It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here with cutting and sanding.  Winter will be here before we know it and it will be too cold for those activities!  
So, I bring to you - this little chest of drawers that was advertised on a garage sale site:
This is a small chest, only about 40 inches tall, but perfect for small-space living.  Advertised on-line, it looked like this: It had that lovely orange, 1940's look, but it was solid wood.  The original plan was to paint it black and give the drawers a lovely stain to show-off the wood grain.  Out came the sander and here's what I found: Poplar!   Poplar is and inexpensive hardwood. The tell-tale green tint gives it away.  It is usually painted because poplar is notorious for being 'blotchy' when stained.   On to Plan B!  After all, it was solid wood and and the drawers were dovetailed. The chest itself was painted with 2 coats of Ink Chalk Paint (available at your local discount store that begins with a 'W'), distres…

Frankenstein & His Bride

Halloween will be here in a couple of days and if you need a quick craft - I've got you covered!

This was another of my "Spur Of The Moment" ideas.  I was working on a Christmas craft (that I'll share soon) using paint stirrers. This part of the paint stirrer was actually 'scrap' from the other project, but I hated to waste it, so, I grabbed some paint and got to work.  This shade of green wasn't my first choice, but, since this project was 'spur of the moment', and I wasn't running to the store, I couldn't be picky.   After the green paint dried, I painted some black hair and glued on two eyes.  With a sharpie, a nose, mouth, and some scars were added.  On the 'Bride' some red lips and white streaks completed her look.  
So what do you do with them?  Add a magnet to the back and you have a new refrigerator magnet, or, glue a pin on the back and wear it on your jacket.   This would also be a great project to do with kids, don't you …