DIY Farmhouse Style Wood Spool Table
This DIY farmhouse style wood spool table is SO easy to make that you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. I’ll show you exactly how to make one and you can add it to your indoor or outdoor decor! It’s the perfect side table or if you’d like to make a big one then just get a bigger spool and use the same directions!
I created this DIY wood spool table to go with my farmhouse style adirondack chairs. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and it was such a quick and easy project. I then accessorized it with farmhouse style decor. You can personalize this whitewashed wood spool table however you want!
Supplies You Need For the DIY Wood Spool Table
You can find wood cable spools at local places sometimes. Our power company was tossing them out. Some utility companies also give them away for free. I have also heard that Menards sells them. I picked out a size that would be the correct height for my chairs. The size doesn’t really matter, just get one that fits your space.
Minwax 618604444 White Wash Pickling Stain, quartLinzer 3121 0400 Stain Waterproofing Brush, 4Shop Towels (Pack of 25, 13 X 13 Inches) Commercial Grade Machine Washable Cotton Washcloths White Shop Rag – Perfect for Auto Mechanic Work and Bar Mop by Utopia TowelMinwax 63200444 Helmsman Spar Urethane, quart, Gloss
- Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain
- Stain brush (like this one)
- Rag (to wipe off excess stain)
Start by sanding the rough edges on the wood spool. Choose which side you want to be the top of your table as well. I liked the side with writing on it.
Then stir your Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain and use your stain brush to brush it on the table. Only do a couple boards at a time.
Then, use your rag to wipe off the excess stain. How long you let it sit will determine how much soaks in. I didn’t let mine sit long because I wanted a very faint whitewash on my wood spool.
Wipe it off and then continue to the next boards applying the stain.
Apply white wash to all wood surfaces. Allow it to dry and then flip over and do the other side. Finish it with two coats of spar urethane to seal it. Be sure to cover all surfaces, top and bottom. If you will be storing it outside then it is especially important to get in every nook and cranny.
Then the fun part! Style it with some farmhouse style decor or however you want to match your own theme.
I added some fun touches like these paper straws and mini succulent.
I also added a galvanized metal tray and pitcher. I love the combination of white washed wood and galvanized metal.
I placed mine on our deck between two adirondack chairs. It is the perfect table for that spot! I love it!
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This is super cute! I was wondering, how does it hold up against rain with those holes in the middle leading to the center cylinder?
Mine has held up perfectly and it has been outside for years now. The holes go straight through so it doesn’t collect any water in it.
I just made one as directed here using the exact brands and products listed and have found that the polyurethane made the whitewashed table look yellowed. It’s pretty terrible.
Wow I’m sorry to hear your table didn’t turn out. My table is still holding strong and not yellow at all. Sometimes the wrong type of polyurethane can cause yellowing over time but it doesn’t happen immediately. I’m not sure what went wrong for you for it to look yellow right away. That is definitely not normal.
Love this! What are the dimensions of the table please? That’s the perfect height for the chairs. I’m in the process of getting Adirondack chairs! Thanks!
I have the table at my cabin so I can’t measure it at the moment but it’s about 24″ diameter and the same height as the chairs 🙂
This turned out great! My daughter had a table like this and it would’ve looked so cute had she done your paint treatment! Great post! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday Linky Party on my blog and share this post with us. https://karinskottage.com/2020/07/centerpiece-wednesday-linky-party-july-22.html
Oh that is great Karin! Thanks
Hi Sarah, I LOVE this fun and functional piece. it looks great with the Adirondack chairs. I’m sharing your post on All About Home this evening.
Thank you so much Debra!
I have one that is painted an awful glossy green on the top. How can I still get this look?
I would try sanding the top to remove the paint and then follow the directions here to achieve the look.
I would love one of these on my deck to go with our Adirondack chairs. I’m quite liking the whitewash finish you gave your spool. I’m featuring your awesome table this weekend at the Snickerdoodle Party! Pinned 🙂
Thank you so much for the feature!!
This looks great….I’m about to begin on a spool given to me…and there’s another one. So, thank you for the info.
You’re welcome! Have fun with your project!
WOOW this DIY is mazing am really like this farm hose wooden table
Am try to adopt this transformation
Thank you so much
This spool table came out great! Perfect size for an outdoor table between chairs. Love how you choose to paint it.
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The table turned out SO good!! I love those old tables…they are brimming with possibilities!! Thanks so much for sharing this post at Home Imagined this week!!
Thank you so much!
What a fabulous project Sarah!
Thank you for sharing your farmhouse style wood spool table DIY at Create, Bake, Grow and Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.
Thank you so much Kerryanne!