DIY Wire Spool & Metal Tub Coffee Table

DIY wire spool & metal tub coffee table -
As many of you know I revealed out back patio makeover on the Home Depot website last week. & now after the reveal I’m going to break down everything that we did for the space. In the reveal post I mentioned we wanted to thrift everything & not spend much money to re-do this space. Well, when it came time to get a coffee table my head was spinning with ideas of things that we could do. While we were cleaning up our backyard I found this top of a wire spool & a lightbulb went off in my head to make a coffee table with it. My idea was to use a metal galvanized tub from Tractor Supply Company  for the base of the coffee table & place the wooden spool on top of the tub. With some wood stain, the spool top, and the galvanized tub we had a simple lovely coffee table for our back patio.

This spool top had been sitting in our backyard for over a year now & wasn’t in the best shape. We got our wire spool top from a local company. If you are looking for a wire spool {the whole thing or just the top} I would ask local electric/hardware companies to see if they have one they can give you. We used our electric sander to make an even surface. We also sprayed the piece with ortho bug spray to make sure if there were any bugs on this piece that they were all dead. After the piece was cleaned and sanded I stained the spool top with Minwax special walnut. After it was dry I took the sander to the piece again to give it an aged & distressed look. When it was done we simply set the spool top on to of the metal tub. Since the spool top is so heavy we didn’t need to use any adhesive to hold it on the tub. If you choose too you could use screws to hold the spool on top, but it wasn’t necessary in our case.

DIY wire spool & metal tub coffee table -

DIY wire spool & metal tub coffee table -

DIY wire spool & metal tub coffee table -

DIY wire spool & metal tub coffee table -
DIY wire spool & metal tub coffee table -

What do you think of our metal tub and wire spool coffee table? Have you made a coffee table before? What did you use? I would love to hear about it. Share in the comments below, find me on facebook, or chat with me on Instagram.  Stay tuned for a whole post on the patio later this week. Talk to you soon!


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  3. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Love the table!!! I want one. How wide is the spool top?
    What is a good paint to use? I assume it soaks up the paint since it is rough wood.
    HELP me have a table as charming as yours!


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