Upcycle a Cable Spool Into a Bedside Table

Today I want to share a super easy upcycle project I made from an old electrical spool. I found it difficult to find the perfect height table to style next to my platform bed. This electrical cable spool once repurposed worked a treat.
First of all I spray painted it white and left it over night to dry.
I hotglued thick felt to the base and then I upcycled a rope handle from an old beach bag to add some interest.
I then upcycled an old photo frame into a tray and spray painted a little container to make everything fit together. Check out my video for my step by step in action.
Watch my DIY Video here

Suggested materials:

  • White spray paint
  • Thick felt
  • Hot glue
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3 questions
  • Fho3960399
    Fho3960399
    on Dec 9, 2016

    The old spools I have have bolts in them. Did yours? And how do you remove them?

    • Crafty
      Crafty
      on Feb 19, 2021

      My husband and I made a coffee table and two end tables from cable spools. We left the bolts in and painted them black along with the middle and bottom of the spools. The top we stained and coated. They looked amazing. We did have to take them apart to make them the correct height.

  • Edie Zsuzsics
    Edie Zsuzsics
    on Dec 9, 2016

    Where can I find cable spools?

    • Ann Bell
      Ann Bell
      on Dec 9, 2016

      I live very near a tv cable company, and they are always throwing them out near their dumpster...free for the taking (I did ask, first, however!) and now I can get the cable rolls plus wooden pallets in great condition. Try finding a cable tv company near where you live.

  • Mar8218158
    Mar8218158
    on Dec 13, 2016

    How tall is this?

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  • Jean Myles
    Jean Myles
    on Dec 13, 2016

    Great idea Thanks for sharing

  • Carla
    Carla
    on Feb 4, 2017

    My sister had this great ottoman, I wanted one... my husband found a wire wheel about 23 or so inches across and cut it down to height that I wanted and put it back together . Started by covering the outside with chicken wire and then two inch foam over that. The top was 4 inch foam, then made the cover and added a large 3 inch button to the center. Covered the bottom with oil cloth. Added fringe around and wala... a ottoman was born....

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