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One day the Hubs and I were out for a Sunday drive.  We love riding dirt roads and seeing old farmhouses.  Sometimes we even get a peek at nature.  For instance, deer, cows, and goats!  While driving down one dirt road, we saw this spool laying on the side of the road.  I am assuming it probably blew out of someone’s truck.

Repurposed Wood Wire Spool Before
Wood Wire Spool

We threw it in the back of the truck and continued our drive. 

The Repurposed Wood Wire Spool Makeover

Once we arrived at home, I took our shop vac and used the blower option to remove any dirt and grass from the spool before I brought it inside.

I noticed the center was cardboard and had extensive water damage.  I was so sad because I thought the only parts to be salvaged was the wood top and bottom.  But Hubs to the rescue!

Cardboard Center of Spool
Cardboard Center of Spool

Replacing the Cardboard

We had recently finished a custom farm table for a client.  They requested 4×4 legs.  Therefore, the Hubs had a few left-over pieces.  He cut the 4×4 to the length that was needed to replace the cardboard.

He then used the existing screws and attached the top and the bottom.  I was so excited that I would be able to use the ENTIRE piece!

New 4x4 Center for Spool
4×4 Center

The Idea

The next day I begin work on my project.  I had given it some thought the night before and decided to use it as a coffee station for my countertop.  We have limited space, but I wanted a place to display coffee mugs.  Here are two that my husband created for me:

I chose a stain for this project since it was entirely wood.  And check out the wording on the top!  I thought it was so unique.  Therefore, it would stay.

Branded Name on Spool
Branded Name on Spool

Adding the Stain

The color stain I chose was Special Walnut.  I had it leftover from our table project.  With that being said, I did not have to buy anything for this makeover.

Repurposed Wood Wire Spool Stained
Repurposed Wood Wire Spool Stained

I gave the spool one coat of stain using my chip brush and wiping off any access. It was left to completely dry overnight.

For displaying the coffee mugs, I used hook screws that I had in my stash.  I used four for this project. I turned it upside down and screwed them into the wood.

Turn Upside Down and Add Hook Screws
Turn Upside Down and Add Hook Screws

I used the two coffee mugs the Hubs made on top as well as four for hanging on the hooks. He even made me the cute sign!

It was the perfect fit for the corner spot that I had in mind. The beautiful sign was created by a local artisan. 

It is such a rewarding feeling to save a piece from the roadside or even from the landfill.  With that being said, I would rather have all repurposed and upcycled items in my home than go and buy new.  They each have a story to tell and are unique and charming in their own little way.



Supply List

Minwax Special Walnut Stain

Chip Brush

4×4 Piece

Screw Hooks

Coffee Mugs

Lastly, here are a few other repurposed projects, take a look!

Repurposed Ping Pong Paddles

Repurposed Thrift Store Picture Frame

What have you repurposed lately? Hit the reply button, I would totally love to see!

Thank you for joining our little adventures.

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” Christina

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10 thoughts on “Repurposed Wood Wire Spool”

  1. Oh, I love this! I’m not a coffee drinker, but I can sure get rid of some tea! 🙂
    I think this is a great way to make a coffee/tea bar when you don’t have a lot of extra kitchen space.

  2. Oh that’s just so cute Christina. When I saw the before piccy I thought the spool was bigger, but it’s the perfect size for a coffee station.

  3. That is a super cute idea for a coffee station! When I first seen it I had thought it would be perfect for a large clock because in the picture it looked larger. Glad the hub’s was able to come to the rescue!

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