Looking for a statement wall piece for the cost of a 5x7 photo frame? Then you've come to the right place! I'm going to show you how I created a 42" piece of wall art for FREE!
I'm sure you've seen or maybe pinned all the fun things there are to do with the old, wooden cable spools. I've turned smaller ones into side tables and seen these big guys made into clocks and I love all the other ideas in between! I wanted to create something with a French flair for our Master bedroom makeover and we have very high ceilings, so it needed to leave an impact. Enter these 42" round wooden cable spools I scored from a junk yard! It was kind of a scary site that I had driven by over and over and I saw so many of these spools just sitting there and I knew I needed them! I was however too chicken to grab them solo, so I dragged the hubs along with me on a rescue mission and picked up 2 large and 2 small ones for projects just like this one!
You need to start by taking the spool apart. They are all assembled differently, but basically you need to unbolt the giant lag bolts and pull the top and bottom off the center tube. You will be left with at least one flat piece of wood to use. I do not have pictures of this step of my actual piece, but here are some google images to give you an idea of what it looks like before, and then when taken apart.
At this point you need to decide how you plan to finish your wooden circle. Paint or stain? I chose to do a layered painted effect to give it a weathered and worn look. I started by painting it gray, then layering it with white and sanding the finish away in areas. If you are not sure the direction to take this, I recommend playing with different ideas on the back first. I knew I wanted a phrase stenciled on mine, but I like to make my own stencils. So I pulled out my Cricut to cut out the phrase I decided on. "Chateau de Dormir no.7" which translates to "Castle of Sleep" and the 7 stands for the number of people in our family! I added the leaf design around the edges for more texture. You can see in the picture, once the image or words are cut on the Cricut, I use the negative image as my stencil.
Once the entire phrase was stenciled on and dried, I sanded it all again. This added to the aged and weathered look I was going for.
I am very pleased with how this turned out, especially since it makes such a large impact in the space and was FREE!
Have a question? Have you re-purposed a cable spool into something else? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org