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
    on Dec 9, 2016

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

    • Style Resurrection
      on Dec 9, 2016

      I covered the bottom bolts with a thick felt to protect my floors. Then I used the tray to cover the bolts on top.

  • Edie Zsuzsics
    on Dec 9, 2016

    Where can I find cable spools?

    • 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
    on Dec 13, 2016

    How tall is this?

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  • Jean Myles
    on Dec 13, 2016

    Great idea Thanks for sharing

  • 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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