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DIY: Wire Spool Coffee Table

I absolutely LOVE the way this coffee table turned out! And the best part is it cost only $40 to make!

I really wanted to add a round coffee table to our living room.  The layout of the room was square, so I thought the round would add a nice design element.  Due to the fact that we are currently renting and will only be in this house for another year, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a new piece of furniture.

After several weeks of visiting our local thrift stores and used furniture stores, a round coffee table seemed to be impossible to find.  I started brainstorming how to make my own coffee table.  I love the look of a wire spool, but wasn’t sure how to “find” one.  During a visit to our local Lowe’s, I spotted them in the electrical department.  After some sweet talking, we were wheeling out one of these beauties.  You have to love a small town…not sure how well this would go over in a big city.

I used Zinsser 1-2-3 primer in white on the base/wooden spool.  I only painted the areas that would show when finished.  For a more unique look, the holes were not filled in and the funny looking cutout was left.  It kind of reminds me of an episode of Tom & Jerry, but we only hope a mouse does not take residence in my wooden spool.  If you prefer a more finished look, I would use a wood filler for the holes.  I did a coat of Sherwin Williams Dover White in a Satin finish, and then finally did a light/brushed coat with Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray.

I purchased a round table top from Lowe’s for just under $40 – unfinished.  For the top, I used a sander to make it nice and smooth.  The edges can be a little rough, so just work to get those nice and smooth.  Did I mention to make the top nice and smooth?  Apply a layer of primer and then pick out the paint color you like.  I tried out many colors before going with one of my favorites – Sherwin Williams Halycon Green (which looks more blue than green). When I say many colors, I mean about five different combinations – first I tried an orange, then a turquoise, then a deep blue, then a cream and finally the one it is now.  All of the color combinations were not without some teasing from my husband…I can be a tad indecisive.    To finish the top, I applied three light coats of Min Wax Polycyclic to the top.  It is easy to wash and I love it!

My original plan was to attach the top to the spool, but right now it is just sitting on there.  I love the size of this table.  It is just right for building Lego’s, puzzles, holding all my magazines, my coffee in the morning and our feet at night.

Can you tell what I’m reading lately?  Summer fluff and photography books…


—>Fun note: Looking for paint colors?  Try searching Google images with the color name:

  1. Sherwin Williams Halycon Green – images
  2. Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray – images
  3. Sherwin Williams Dover White – images



  • cara
    August 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    cute and love the poof! :0)

  • Carole
    August 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Believe it or not, when I was in college my roommate and I came across one of these spools and we used it on our patio (as a table).

    I love what you’ve done with yours. :)

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