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August 04, 2016
DIY

DIY Snack Station: Thrift Store Style!

As a frequent thrifter, I’m aware of certain things that are CONSTANTLY donated- like clear glass flower vases, picture frames, coffee mugs, and baskets. Another thing I’ve run across again and again? Outdated wooden coaster sets just like this one I spotted at my local Goodwill

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I can remember seeing these in most homes during the 1980s- dark wood and cork coaster sets that looked like little furniture. This one in particular was in fantastic shape- as if it had sat untouched for 35 years. And on the same shelf, I spotted a wooden napkin holder…and that’s when I decided to mate them together into a single piece!

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With a few weeks of summer left, I decided to fuse them together and give them a splashy new appearance…turning them into a Snack Station for our porch. First, I sanded down the top of the coaster set to give it a rough surface for wood glue on the bottom of the napkin holder to penetrate.

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While the glue dried, I got the coaster trays ready for spray painting. I wanted to leave the cork unpainted, so I used painters tape and a utility knife to carefully block off the cork circles.

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Thankfully, all of the coaster hardware (decorative brass tacks on top of the case, and coaster tray knobs) were easy to remove before and replace after everything was painted. 

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And with some equally colorful napkins, I had a snack station set that just screamed summer.

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Perfect for a back patio, porch, or deck all summer long.

Time to rethink those stuffy coaster sets, eh?

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Craft on!

Sadie

6 Comments

  1. So Cute! Great Idea!

    • Thank you so much, Linda!!

  2. That’s super cute, what a great revamp 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Michelle!!

  3. I’ve never seen a coaster set with that side part for snacks. I love how you put it together with the napkin holder.

    • Pretty nifty, right??