There’s more to make-overs than surgery, clothes and cosmetics!

I have a couple of cup/mug coasters (mats) in my craftroom.  One to the right of my computer (no-one can sit at a computer without a coffee or a tea to one side), and another on what I call my ‘work desk’ – where I do the majority of my crafty things.  BUT … both of these mats are rather, umm…  old and grubby looking.  Bits of paint; spills – which although I’ve wiped up, have still stained;  little bits pull off where I’ve sat some Sellotape (well-known brand of sticky tape in the UK – yes, I know that Sellotape is the name of .. erm .. something else in another country).  Well look … why don’t I just face the shame and show you what one mat looked like.  Are you ready?  ……

Cup Mat Make-over 1

When these were new, I absolutely adored them.  I have some  Cornishware  storage pots and other bits and pieces in my kitchen, and my dining room (in our previous cottage) linked to the kitchen and was very English country cottagey in style so these mats fitted in perfectly.

But …  years later . . .  they really aren’t good for man nor beast, as you can see,  hence the reason they’re in my craft room.  However … I looked at them a couple of days ago and said [to no one in particular]  … “those really need to be thrown away”.

A voice boomed over me like it came from out of the Heavens.  “WHAT DOES?”  (made me jump I can tell you!) … “Uh?”  I swung around on my chair to see Mr. Cobs stood behind me.  “Ohh… these.  <picking up the cup mat>  Look at these . . .   they really have seen their day and I sadly think it’s time to go.”   “No!  Don’t throw them away … paint them!  Paint something on them.  Flowers or something.  Paint something, like you used to!“.

Hmmm… Ok, I could see where he was going with this.  “That’s a good idea, you clever chap.  I shall do that very thing.  But … would you rub them down for me?”  (He knows I hate sandpaper.  It makes my flesh recoil.  <shudder>).  So he did … and this was the result:

Cup Mat Make-over 2

The top layer was actually a paper/card layer, so rubbing the top down wasn’t difficult, but it did leave ridges which were impossible to totally get rid of.  Since the cup mats were only for me in my craft room I thought that I could get away with a few ridges.  So I set to work with some paints.  I first did two coats of Gesso – to help give it a ‘base’ to work on, and also to kind of help smooth out the ridges a little.  Then I gave it a coat of good quality black acrylic.

Cup Mat Make-over 3

If you look carefully at the above photo you can see some of the ridges.  The coat of black paint was done in order to dull the next coat a little.  Kind of ‘knock back’ the colour I was going to apply next – a deep blue colour which I’d hand mixed –  and the black would ensure that the navy stayed ‘flat’ or kind of dull, in colour.

Once the navy was dry I could then begin a ‘picture’ of some description.  ….  Can you tell what it is yet?

Cup Mat Make-over 4

Well I’m committed now so I’d better get on with it …

Cup Mat Make-over 5

Now can you see what it is?  🙂  Yeah, it’s a Goose!  But … the chest is a bit flat there, isn’t it?  Aw, don’t worry … that bit is going to be hidden anyway so I won’t trouble myself about it.

Cup Mat Make-over 6

This photo (above) I took with a flash, with the blind up, and two craft lamps on, so that you can see some of the details which I’ve added … like the shading under his/her chin, shading under the tummy and some detail to the feet.

Cup Mat Make-over 7

I realised that I hadn’t shown you the colours of paints I’d used/be using on this project, so I took the opportunity of adding in the pots of colours while showing you that I’d changed his/her bow from looking like a Christmas red, into a tartan bow.  (I didn’t want anyone to think he was the fatted goose which we were all going to feast on at Christmas!  eeek!).

Cup Mat Make-over 8

Surrounded by a vine, and four freshly laid eggs.

Cup Mat Make-over 9

Finally … three LIGHT coats of a spray varnish and it’s finished.  You can see  from the background in this photo –  that the ridges from the sanded paper were still there … but they really aren’t that noticeable anymore.

Cup Mat Make-over 10

Want to know the funny thing about this?  I am scared of geese (and horses, but we’ll talk about those another time)  … and what’s more … they KNOW IT TOO!  If ever I go anywhere where there are geese  … they surround my car until they’ve discovered the door which I need to get out of and then they  gather around the door and stand there LAUGHING AT ME.  They know I’m scared silly, and they mock me with their gaggling honks and giggling laughs.

If I visit somewhere – a lake, a walk with a stream running along side … and there are geese … those little bu&&ers make it their ambition to get to me and chase me. Honking all the way.

And yet … here I am painting a goose on one of my cup mats.  AM I CRAZY???  Obviously so.

Cup Mat Make-over 8


When I’d finished painting this mug mat, I did have a little wonder to myself if perhaps this sort of thing would make a rather nice Christmas present for someone.  You could buy some MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard – sorry folks outside the UK but I don’t know what you call this where you are) and if you’re handy with a saw (or have someone handy with a saw) you could cut the MDF to size and paint a set of four/six coasters for someone special.

OR … if you have a child at school … how about a personalised mug mat for the teacher, as a Christmas present? (or present for anyone at any time).  Just a thought.  🙂

Happy Wednesday all.  Make it a good memory day.

Sending squidges your way  ~

Sig coffee copy



Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

23 thoughts on “There’s more to make-overs than surgery, clothes and cosmetics!”

    1. Hello Chicken! 🙂
      <nodding in agreement> When Mr. C suggested it, I thought it was a great idea too. He can come up with little gems sometimes!
      I think it’s the USA who call it (mdf) something else – but not sure what it is.
      Sending squidges to your corner from mine ~ Cobs. xx

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  1. That’s really smart, I like the goose, very ‘cottagey’! If you made them as gifts I’m sure they would go down a treat. If I had a single bone of artistic ability I would have a try at a frog for a Christmas gift for someone. I’ll keep an eye out for a colour by numbers version 😂 Keep crafting, I’m enjoying reading what you’ve been up to. x

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    1. Hello Mrs.Craft 🙂
      I think you should have a go at a frog. I don’t think you’d find it as hard as you imagine. Just paint it in a folksy/cottage arty way and I think you’d find you could do it. Have a go. You won’t know until you give it a few tries!
      (laughing at the colours by numbers)

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. Great to see you 🙂
      love ~ Cobs.x

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      1. Aw now see PROOF if proof were needed, that I’m a total idiot! I’ve just realised that I’ve mashed two lovely people together and made a totally new one. Aw Mrs. P…. my apologies, I got you and Ms. Paper Puff mixed up inside this tiny brain of mine. [sigh] Heck, I miss my brain!

        Thrilled you like the goose make-over. I’ve just yesterday finished another one (another make-over on a cup mat) but I haven’t photographed it yet, but the minute I have, I’ll share it with you.
        Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x


  2. Is there another ninja Puff out there?? Who’d have thought? Brilliant idea for a pressie, if you have the painting skills!

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        1. ohhhh. No. Seriously … you could. Aw anyone can paint, Puff. I wish I could show you how easy it is. (I still haven’t worked out videos yet. Now THERE’S a skill which defeats me! )

          You can virtually see, from the photo’s above, how to do it. Give it a go. Decent quality acrylic paint, two brushes – a small flat and a number 1 liner, and something to paint on which you can practise until you grow your confidence. How about a biggish white tile? You can then wash off the paint and begin all over again. Go to the local DIY store and tell them you need a large white tile, and ask them if they have any spares or one that they can sell you a single one of from a broken pack (or even one which has a bit of a chip at the corner), and then you’re good to go!

          Sending hugs ~ Cobs.x

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          1. I don’t know…the only reason anyone ever wants me in their Pictionary team is because I am good at guessing what some garbled scribble might actually be… My lack of drawing skill is pretty legendary!!

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    1. I’ve just painted another one, but haven’t had chance to take photographs yet.
      It’s a bit of fun and keeps me out of mischief. lol.
      Thanks for the visit and the comment, Kim.
      It means the world to me that you share you time so willingly. Thank you dear blogging friend.
      Sending love from my corner to yours ~ Cobs. x

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