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Record Album Coasters

January 4, 2014

Record Album Coasters

I was out in the craft barn doing a little (a lot) of sorting when I came across my parents old stereo cabinet. I had toted it from their old house before my mom moved. It looked pretty rough at that time since it had been stored in an area where critters could get to it. The legs were a little chewed, and I swear we moved a pack rat with it. My plans were/are to give it some sort of facelift in the future, but for now, I was most interested in the blast-from-the-past records I found inside.

I hadn’t opened the doors on the stereo since I brought it home. That was several years ago. I think I was mostly worried about the critter that was sure to greet me at the door. Well, today I was ready for a simple project and I was going to get those records!

I actually reasoned with myself that I had work gloves, heavy coat, jeans and boots on. Nothing was gonna get me. LOL! Yep, there was evidence of occupants, but thankfully they decided to split while I was there.

This is part of my find. Since my project uses albums, I left the 45s in barn. It was so fun looking through this time capsule. My sons had never heard of 78s.

This is Shaun. (swoon) I was going to marry him. When I told my husband he said “Instead you got me.” Hmm, how to respond? I am quite sure Shaun would have happily helped me work in the barn…He might have even stuck his hands into the scary stereo cabinet. (sigh)

I have no idea who some of the singers are on quite a few of the albums. Those have to be from my mom and dad’s “collection”.

These I knew.

The Archies

Flip Wilson

On to the coasters. I randomly chose them, but I tried to have a mix of colors.

Basically I heated an album in the oven until flimsy…

…then I quickly cut out the center with scissors.

The coaster was heated in the oven again, then pressed between books to press flat.

Once the edges were sanded, the coasters were basically done.

They still need to be sealed. I tried brushing varnish on, but I am not happy with the visible stroke marks and the dyes seem a bit unstable. I think I will wait for a warmer day to spray seal them in the garage.


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  1. Seeing all those old albums reminded me of the incredible collection I left in our shed in MT when we moved to KY. I had all the popular music from the 50’s and especially the 60’s. The Beach boys, Momma’s and Poppa’s, The Eagles,Lovin’ Spoonfuls, wish I could remember more of names. I was divorced in’ 64 so got into the music and dancing. My kids said they couldn’t go to sleep unless I had that era’s music on.
    I was not an Elvis fan at all. Wish I had those records now as they’d most likely be worth something, can’t believe I just left them in a box in our shed.
    My kids must be bunches older than you/yours as they remember 45’s and 78’s. My kids are 53, 51, almost 50. I think I was really lucky and so were they to grow up in that era, things just seemed a whole bunch simpler. Shoot you’re most likely not old enuf to remember 60’s. You kid you, lol.
    Great idea to use middle of records to make coasters, what conversation starters those will be, awesome. Have fun with those, great coasters.
    Happy weekend

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