Upcycle Ideas for Coastal Home Decor

Upcycle Ideas for Coastal Home Decor

I may not live near the coast, but summer always makes me crave that seaside, coastal look in my home. Whether it’s the soothing color palette or all the elements that give beach vacation vibes, I just can’t get enough of it at this time of year. Thankfully, there are a lot of thrifty ways to upcycle items from the thrift store into coastal home decor.

Coastal Candle Holders

coastal candle holders

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A set of plain wooden candle holders from the thrift store wasn’t much to look at, honestly. But this beachy/nautical makeover with chalk paint and jute rope turned them into showstoppers, didn’t it? They look straight out of a coastal boutique now, but they sure didn’t start out that way.

Beach in a Jar

beach mason jars

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If you love to collect shells ad other beach treasures, creating coastal scenes in aqua mason jars is a lovely way to display your beachcombing finds. They look divine when clustered on a coffee table or mantel, and require zero craft skills to put together.

Coastal Cloche

coastal cloche with recycled netting

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Netting changes anything from ordinary to coastal extraordinary, doesn’t it? But the craziest part is where the netting for this beach cloche came from! Talk about being resourceful for coastal home decor.

Coffee Table Decor

coffee table tray decor in coastal colors

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Giving a plain tray a coastal-inspired makeover with inexpensive chalk paint from the craft store is a great place to start. Trays are always trendy and are a good base for displaying some beachy treasures on a coffee table.

Sailboats as Coastal Home Decor

sailboat decor from a weaving shuttle

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Decorative sailboats are a delightful touch of nautical decor for your home throughout summer and even year-round. You can make them with a variety of items, so long as the wooden part can pass as a boat shape!

Beachy Sunburst Mirror

sunburst mirror in coastal colors

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Weathered wood and coastal colors are a match made in beachy decorating heaven, aren’t they? This DIY Sunburst mirror project is perfect for anyone with scrap wood on hand who also longs for some beachy touches in their home.

Coastal Farmhouse Decor

coastal farmhouse decor

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Clear glass candleholders are pretty common at thrift stores which means they are ideal for upcycled makeovers. In this case, they were given a sea glass look and paired with some chicken wire ribbon for a farmhouse touch. It’s an unexpected pairing, but it works really well for farmhouse lovers who also enjoy coastal home decor like this.

Coastal Home Decor with Lanterns

coastal lantern

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Who doesn’t love the versatility of lanterns when it comes to home decor? They’re so easily modified from season to season, including summer’s coastal appeal. In this case, it was already minty green (but one that wasn’t could be easily painted). And some nautical rope on the handle sealed the deal for perfect seaside style.

Coastal Coasters

beach coasters

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A set of wooden coasters from the thrift store can be “beachified” with this easy makeover idea: chalk paint and string! Functional decor is especially thrifty because it works hard to earn its keep.

Coastal Wall Art on Sandpaper

stenciled sandpaper for coastal decor

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Sure, sandpaper comes in handy when prepping a frame for DIY wall art. But using sandpaper as the actual wall art itself is COMPLETELY unexpected. Check out how perfect it is in a beachy coastal application like this…

Furniture Makeovers

coastal furniture makeover

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Blue and white-painted furniture doesn’t always mean “coastal”. But the color pairing lends itself well to that style, especially with a lightly weathered finish and a few beachy furnishings to tie it all together. Ironically, this particular piece received a re-repurpose once the painter was tired of the previous makeover.

Coastal Home Decor from the Recycling Bin

Sea glass decor with Krylon sea glass spray paint

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Sea glass bottles look like they’ve rolled along the ocean floor for decades, maybe longer! But you can fake the look beautifully with some spray paint and wine bottles from your recycling bin.

Oversized Shell Bowl

clam shell bowl with baking soda paint

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Abalone shells are sought after for that magical, iridescent color pattern that they have. But you can fake that look on a large wooden bowl with some specialty craft paints and it looks fantastic!

Driftwood Candle

driftwood-wrapped candleholder

Image credit: Sustain My Craft Habit.

If you can get your hands on some smooth, clean driftwood, it’s really a fabulous craft supply. And there are lots of things you can make with it: wreaths, wall art, and in this case, a candleholder. A little sea glass and jute twine tie it all together- literally AND figuratively.

Beachy Bottles

coastal collection of bottles

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Upcycling some bottles into these coastal beauties is an easy and inexpensive idea for coastal home decor- especially since the bottles may come from your own recycling bin! You can tint the bottles with specialty spray paint and add the netting yourself- DIY or pre-made.

Nautical Hooks

Nautical wall decor with vintage drawer handles that look like the boat cleats

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You might not think of dock cleats as coastal home decor, and these coat hooks didn’t originate from a boat slip. But, they did originate from a vintage dresser that was given a more modern makeover. So, the handles were repurposed into this set of coat hooks that has great coastal/nautical flair.

Shells on Bottles

upcycle ideas for beach house decor

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There’s just something about old bottles that works perfectly with coastal home decor. But of course, you can fake that look with the right specialty paints and your recycling bin, too. Either way, using shells collected from your beach walk as “bottle toppers” is an easy and unexpected way to add some beachy flair to your home.

Beach-Embellished Candleholders

beach style candleholders

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Plain glass candleholders, either from your cupboard or a thrift store, are easy to elevate into stunning pieces with a beach house vibe! Especially if you incorporate seashells or starfish that you found on your beach walk.

Coastal Wall Art

book page art

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A collage frame from the thrift store is a great piece to upcycle into themed wall decor using any number of prints. In this case, pages from a vintage nature atlas were salvaged to create some fishing-themed artwork for a man cave. But imagine how cute this would be with vintage beach prints or even postcards, too…

Coastal Home Decor from the Thrift Store

diy ideas and crafts for coastal decor

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It really is true- thrift stores and yard sales are full of future coastal decor; all you need is the right inspiration and craft supplies. I hope you’ve found some summery inspiration here for your next beachy or coastal project- no matter where you live.

Craft on!


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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.

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