Young and Crafty Sisters: How to make an electrical spool end table

Sunday, May 12, 2013

How to make an electrical spool end table


DIY Electrical Spool End Table


I’ve mentioned before that my dad is an electrician. When he called and asked if I wanted some electrical spools, I said, “Sure, why not?!” I knew that I could figure out something to make with them.


The end table that I had was a little to formal for me. I have been looking for the perfect one for a long time. When I saw the size of these two spools, I knew right away that they would make a perfect, funky, industrial end table.


Here’s how I did it:




Here are the two spools in all their glory.




I stacked them up to see which way I could get them to be the sturdiest. They are by no means perfectly flat so this took some switching around.




Next, I took three screws and screwed the spools together. I considered not doing this step. This suckers are pretty solid but with both a 2 and 5 year old nephew coming over I didn’t want to chance them being knocked over.




I gave them two coats of white paint. If I were to make these again, I would paint them first and then screw them together. There were some cracks between the two spools that were hard to get to.




Then I gave them two coats of Behr Winter Lake. This quart of paint has gone a long way. I used it on my wooden tray, this chair, and the PB knockoff wall art.




Of course that was just way to pretty. I roughed up the edges and lightly everywhere else.




Much better!


Electrical Spool End Table 2


That’s it! I rarely polyurethane anything because I want it to wear and tear naturally. Find the chair redo HERE and the pillows HERE.


Electrical Spool End Table 4


I just love the chipped piece of wood. It adds to the rustic-ness of it.


Electrical Spool End Table 3 


It’s a little taller than I anticipated but it will work just find in the living room.


DIY Electrical Spool End Table


When I asked my husband what he thought he said, “Well, it’s… different.” Good, that’s what I was going for!!


Have you ever made anything with an electrical spool?


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