DIY Cable Spool Ottoman Stool

Jen Burns
by Jen Burns
3 Materials
2 Hours
My husband brings cable spools home from work all the time. I've used some for clocks and outdoor tables, but this one was perfect size for seating.
First things first, clean it well and remove any staples or nails. Then spray a coat of primer or good quality spray paint.
Once that is dry, I decided to use metallic paints from Southern Blenders that matched the Harry Potter print I was using.
These are highly pigmented and a good thick consistency which is perfect for blending colors. I started with a base of black chalk paint and then randomly started painting Blue Reef and Green with Envy.
I like to let those dry until they are just a little tacky and then come back with a soft dry brush to gently blend them together.
I added Hibiscus and Orange Lava before I was happy I had the colors I wanted. Then after letting those dry I sprayed a coat of Plutonium clear gloss spray to seal and protect.
After outlining my top with marker on thick foam and cutting it to size, I used a light spray adhesive to hold it in place while I flip it a few times.
I pulled two layers of batting tight around the edges and stapled around the underneath.
Then I lined up my fabric on the top and gave it a rough trim around the top before pulling tight to staple.
Once the top was fully covered, I trimmed off the excess fabric with scissors. Then moved on to adding feet.
Since we're going with a Harry Potter theme, I used Temple Gold from Southern Blenders metallics to mimic the Golden Snitch.
These are the ends of some wooden table legs I had trimmed off for another project. I attached through the base of the spool with a few wood screws.
Now my daughter has a stool to match her Harry Potter desk.
She loves it and I love how easy it was.
These spools can turn into so many cute things.
Suggested materials:
  • Southern Blenders metallics   (Renaissance Lady on Facebook)
  • Spells Fabric   (Backstitch Fabric)
  • Plutonium clear gloss spray   (Plutonium)
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  • Michelle Perram Michelle Perram on Sep 06, 2017

    Where can a person without access to these spools find them?

  • Joy Joy on Sep 06, 2017

    Where did you get the Harry Potter Spells fabric?

  • Janis Janis on Sep 06, 2017

    why can't I pin this?

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