Coasters with Style- Salvaged Wood & Vintage Tweed

Coasters with Style- Salvaged Wood & Vintage Tweed

I have to admit- when I first decided to create coasters from salvaged wood, I had a very different vision in mind. Here’s how it began…

I went to a salvaged wood sale and filled up my car with some fantastic pieces. There were…just a few planks to choose from…

Creating DIY coasters from salvaged wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just a few pieces, here and there…!

The options for making my coasters were endless! No joke…the salvaged wood pile went on…and on…and on…

Creating DIY coasters from salvaged wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The view from the top!

I had fallen in love with an old white-washed board that for my project. Even though I would have sealed it with top coat, I had this niggling thought in the bag of my head- what if that chippy white goodness was lead paint? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Not that anyone would have licked the coasters, but it bothered me nonetheless. So I decided that I had better test the wood for lead before I even got started.

How to check salvaged vintage antique wood for lead paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Super easy test…

And wouldn’t you know it- but that blazing pink/red confirmed my fears: LEAD.

How to check salvaged vintage antique wood for lead paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Such a bummer!!

So I set aside my original idea and went back to the drawing board…err…in this case, my pile of salvaged wood. This time around, I selected one that was unpainted- a nice 4” wide plank that would give me perfectly sized coasters.

Repurposing salvaged old wood into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Try, try again- but with a new plan.

Using our makes-everything-easier miter saw, I got six 4” x 4” coasters out of my plank. I then used our orbital sander on each one until they were satiny smooth.

Repurposing salvaged old wood into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Great grain!

Now I needed a new vision for how my coasters would look- without the whitewashed (and lead-covered) board, my original plan just wouldn’t be as exciting. With my yearnings for autumn in full swing, I decided to add a little plaid my coasters. Would I use flannel scraps from my table runner or hand warmer project from last year?

No.

I’d use tweed!

First- I gave the coasters a nice deep stain and sealed them with butcher block oil and furniture wax.

Repurposing salvaged old wood into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh yeah…

After a couple of trips to various thrift stores, I returned home, arms full of clearance rack tweed and wool coats (both men’s and women’s- tweed is tweed!) that would be perfect for repurposing.

Repurposing salvaged old wood and vintage tweed jackets from the thrift store into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

*SOMEONE* thought the $1 tweed coats should be repurposed as a bed…

I wanted mug-sized circles of tweed on each coaster- so I made a pattern, pinned it to a swatch of wool, and then used my pinking shears to cut it out.

Repurposing salvaged old wood and vintage tweed jackets from the thrift store into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Think it’ll look good on the wood?

Then, I swirled a very thin coat of Mod Podge in a circle on each coaster. After I fixed the tweed to the circle, I then dabbed a wee bit more Mod Podge under the circle’s edges. I wanted enough “glue” to hold my tweed in place, but not so much that it would bleed through.

Repurposing salvaged old wood and vintage tweed jackets from the thrift store into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I am LOVING how these look…

And there you have it- coasters that look so autumn-y I could swoon. Perfect for holding steaming mugs of tea or hot cider…and they act as autumn décor to boot!

Repurposing salvaged old wood and vintage tweed jackets from the thrift store into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So much swoon…I can hardly handle it.

Repurposing salvaged old wood and vintage tweed jackets from the thrift store into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they sublime?

Maybe I didn’t get to try my original idea thanks to some pesky lead paint…but these turned out better than I could have imagined. So I think it was meant to be after all!

Craft on (and welcome Fall!)!

S


PIN ME!Repurposing salvaged old wood and vintage tweed jackets from the thrift store into DIY drink coasters for autumn by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Fabulous project! Shared and enjoyed:)
    Thanks for joining us at TOHOT!

  2. Those are awesome…at first I thought you were using carpet for the circles. Didn’t think of tweed. Great job!

  3. I would have been scared of that wood pile. It has to house more than a few rats!

  4. I love love love this!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that features your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=89527
    –Anne

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You ROCK!! Thank you so much- I wasn’t sure if I should send this project to you or not…but I’m glad you found it anyway. 😉 XOXO

  5. These are really quaint. I love them, so perfect for fall. I am pinning this as well. Nicely done.

  6. So cute and perfect for fall!

  7. very cute indeed……especially this time of year!

  8. So stinking cute! Love the coasters. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  9. chris aka monkey says:

    awesome look sarah xx

  10. Very cute and I love the tweed. Will look great in a basket with all the tweeds showing off their patterns.

  11. What clever coasters! I would have taken all of that wood if I could have. You are so creative.
    Bev

  12. What a truly creative set of coasters you have now! I love them!

  13. This is a perfect fall project. Lovely. Pinned & shared. Not sure if you saw but, you were featured this week on the Inspiration Spotlight party! Thanks for sharing each week at the party. Have a great Labor day weekend. Pinned & shared your post.

  14. Aww, perfect Fall coasters, they look so pretty and cozy! Good for you that you tested that piece of wood for lead!

  15. How cute these are. Lately I have been attracted to coasters and these are eye catching.

  16. These really are wonderful, and look like a lot of fun to make! Thank you for sharing! Pinning!

  17. Fun idea and this would be so perfect for a cabin!! Thanks for sharing with us at throwback thursday!

    Mollie

  18. Sew Crafty Crochet says:

    Such a cool and unique idea! Your coasters look great!

  19. Another fabulous simple but beautiful project, love it.

  20. Sarah, I love these!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-

  21. Good info about the lead paint and a very cute project!

  22. Love the idea and tutorial. So adorable for fall. Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Charm.

  23. Love these Sarah! What an original idea with the tweed! They are so my style! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Laurie

  24. What a gold mine on that salvaged wood pile!! Love the old wood and tweed combo!

  25. These are just darling, Sarah! If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with stacks of “junk” wood, like me 🙂 Pinning–

  26. Sarah, these coasters look so nice and cozy. Love how you repurposed the wood and tweed, great combination.

  27. You were very well prepared and these are so nice. I love that they are gender neutral also, good job my friend! As always we thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend!

  28. Aww…these are too cute! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  29. This project is so cute! I look forward to your next post where you repurpose those tweed coats into a bed, right? 😉 I love your fur baby by the way. Mine will sleep on anything as long as it’s soft and warm. I never would have thought to check for lead when using repurposed wood, brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Dishing It & Digging It!

  30. Thank you so much for sharing this at last week’s {nifty thrifty things}!
    You have been featured today! – http://www.niftythriftythings.com/nifty-thrifty-sunday-247/
    XO! Vanessa

  31. These are so neat! I think the wood + tweed combo is perfect. Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; your coasters were our most-clicked project last week! Hope you’ll stop by tomorrow and link up again 🙂

  32. These are gorgeous — I wish we had old scrap wood around here! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much, Dee! And no sources of salvaged wood in your area?? Sounds like you might need a road trip! 😉

  33. These ARE sublime! I love them! -Marci @Stone Cottage Adventures

  34. Loved your coaster idea! It looked like your cat liked the idea too, but he had something different in mind for “re-purr-posing”

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