A few weeks ago at a garage sale I stumbled upon my best find yet. We are not avid garage-salers, but with the warmer weather, and a hubby who works Saturdays, it has become cheap entertainment for the kids and I. I had been explaining to the kids that we can’t buy everything (no you can’t spend $2 on a busted speaker, yes I know it’s only two dollars and you have your “own” money), sometimes you win-sometimes you lose yada, yada, yada. I’m basically mid lecture when I bring the ‘burban to a screeching halt to get a better look at what I had caught out of the corner of my eye. A big ole pile of spool tops. The heavens opened up and the angels sang. I casually sauntered over, tried to play hard to get, wandered around a bit, of course eyeing the competition (it was slim, just a couple of older gentlemen looking at a dog kennel), and then approached the owners for a price. 5$ each. SOLD. Of course, being a garage-sale newbie, I realize I had forgotten my wallet at home. A quick trip to get some cash and I came home with FIVE tops for twenty bucks. I know I could probably drive all over town and potentially score some for free, but these were already dismantled, fit in my car, and were down the street. Yahtzee.
These wood spools are basically the current pallet project. You will see them EVERYWHERE. However, unlike a pallet, most of the fun projects they can be used for don’t require pulling apart all the boards, removing nails, sanding down and all the prep that comes with it.
I can’t get them out of my head. I have scoured Pinterest and Instagram looking for inspiration. I have two projects started, and 2 more of the spools spoken for. There aren’t a million and twenty DIY projects like there are for Pallets, but I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite ideas from my quest.
DIY Spool Clock
I love the look of this rustic coffee table by Twelve on Main. Rustic, industrial, vintage. The best of all worlds!
I really want to make one into a mirror for my guest bathroom like this one.
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I absolutely love this coffee table with the industrial metal base.
And I clearly love the idea of giving a piece new life like this table with a sewing machine base. Hint Hint, something like this is already in the works at my house!
And of course they make great tables as is! Just throw on some poly to seal it and done! I do love how this one has part of the base cut to accommodate the chairs.
These are by far my top faves. What would you do with, say, 5 spool tops?