Saturday, April 15, 2017

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?


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15 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

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

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

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

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

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    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!

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  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

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    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!

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  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

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    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!

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

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

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

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

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    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?

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