Coastal Coasters

Coastal Coasters

Even though it’s mid-August and all things pumpkin are on my mind, I thought I’d squeeze out another summer-inspired project this year. When I spotted these vintage coasters at the thrift store, I immediately envisioned giving them a beachy makeover. Besides, the idea of using the term “coastal coasters” in a blog post was too cute to pass up.

wooden coaster set

When I picked up one of the coasters, it had this great bull’s eye design on it. The carved-out space was begging to be filled in somehow, and I had an idea that I decided to try out.

vintage coasters

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Chalk Paint Makeover with Coastal Paint Colors

I love the look of heavily distressed paint on coastal items. Having lived near the coast for a big chunk of my life, it’s a very realistic finish on painted items.

Plus, since this set of vintage coasters seemed to be missing a coaster or two, I really didn’t have any qualms about painting them.

goodwood coasters

And if I wanted to heavily distress a paint job, my regular latex or acrylic go-to paints wouldn’t cut it. Chalk paint in coastal colors (and this color, too) made the most sense, so I bought a few of them to play around with.

chalk paint in coastal paint colors

And yes, chalk paint can be expensive! But the craft paint brands make their own versions in small, 2-ounce bottles. Inexpensive AND perfect for non-furniture makeovers like this.

First, I gave each coaster and the holder two coats of chalk paint.

making a set of coastal coasters

Then, I distressed everything with 220-grit sandpaper. This removed the gritty texture of the paint and allowed the natural wood to peek through.

farmhouse coastal decor

I didn’t, however, worry about distressing the “bull’s eye” interior, since I planned to cover it up!

vintage coasters after chalk paint makeover

Adding Twine to Coastal Coasters

Next, I wiped away any chalk dust from the sanding and buffed on some clear wax (to the entire coaster) to seal the chalk paint.

protecting the coastal coasters with clear wax

I love using wax on many of my projects, even over latex or craft paint- mostly because I love how it feels afterwards. But it’s an absolute must for chalk paint projects to seal the porous chalky paint.

Now for the final step- adding a nautical touch to the interior of each coaster.

With twine!

adding rope to the beach coasters

My plan? To coil some twine (almost like a stand-alone rope coaster) to place in the center of my coastal coasters!

First, I trimmed an end of the twine at an extreme angle to give it an almost flat pointy edge (think like the tip of a recently sharpened pencil). Then, using a scant amount of hot glue, I turned the angled tip in on itself and began the coil-and-glue process.

coiling rope to go on a coaster

Cutting the end at that angle made the coiling easy and mess-free on one side (aka, the visible side). And there’s no awkward twine “bump” on the underside, either. You want to avoid any “bumps” like that in a coaster…for obvious reasons!

I continued going around and around. The secret was using very little glue in a LOT of spots. And I checked the size periodically by placing it in a coaster as I worked.

nautical rope for coastal coasters

Lastly, I used a touch more hot glue to adhere the coiled twine in my coastal coasters and that was it!

beach coasters for a coastal farmhouse

Coastal Coasters

And just like that, I had a delightful set of coastal coasters. They seriously remind me of the decor items I’d see at beachy boutiques when I lived in South Florida!

beach coasters

I love that it was a pretty simple and straightforward makeover, but really looks like a high-end cohesive set. Perfect for cold drinks on a hot summer day!

coastal coasters


Guess what today is? It’s the second Wednesday of the month which means my friends on the Thrift Store Decor team have ALSO been making things over! Plus, we have three new members joining us, so there’s even more makeovers to enjoy.

thrift store makeovers and repurposing ideas

1. Boho Chic Jewelry TrayMy Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

2. Thrifted Child’s Wall Easel to Wall DecorOrganized Clutter

3. Sand and Seashells Beach Jar Idea – Petticoat Junktion

4. Refresh Bathroom Vanity LightShop at Blu

5. Boys Rocking ChairMy Repurposed Life

6. Coastal CoastersSadie Seasongoods

7. Upcycled Shutter AngelHouse of Hawthornes

8. Large Farmhouse Metal BasketDomestically Speaking

9. Outdoor Coffee Table MakeoverOur Southern Home

10. Easy Cake StandReinvented Delaware


Even though Fall is my favorite season, I do love me some coastal-inspired projects in the summertime!

beach coasters in coastal colors

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for coastal coasters, then you may also be interested in these coastal candle holders, as well!

coastal farmhouse decor

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Very pretty beachy colors!

  2. That rope fit that groove perfectly! Great idea!

  3. Great project. Loved the coastal colors and the twine insert. Great to see one of your projects again. I would love for you to share it at Tuesday Turn About Link Party.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Carol! Yes, I’ve definitely been pumping out a lot less content these days…focusing on refurbishing those old, long-forgotten posts instead! 🙂

  4. Great project, but you probably get tired of me saying that since ALL YOUR PROJECTS are awesome! Love the addition of the rope in them!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Ha, you’ll never hear me complain about kind words, that’s for sure!! Thank you so much, Pam!

  5. Rebecca Payne says

    I love your coaster makeover.

  6. Such a cute idea! I love the different colors, gentle distressing with the rope detail. Your photos are fabulous!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Christy! Coasters are such a bear to photograph, especially when you want to see the sides AND the top!

  7. I live in Florida, and those coasters look just like something you would see in a boutique in Anna Maria Island or Sanibel. Well done!

  8. These are adorable and I love the addition of the rope!!

  9. Great find & great paint color choices – love them!

  10. As always you are an inspiration, thank you 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh Sarah, what’s NOT to love about these adorable coastal coasters (just rolls off the tongue, eh?)
    Love the colors and the twine.

  12. This is the cutest project! Adding the rope looking twine was so smart and really adds another beachy touch to the coasters. The paint colors are spot on!! Pinned!

  13. These coasters were MADE for this treatment! Gorgeous Sarah, and your distressing technique is totally on point!

  14. Hi Sarah, I am doing tile coasters and wanted to ask how to seal to keep the cup from sticking to the coaster?

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