How to Make a Farmhouse Style Cable Spool Table
A year or so ago, I brought home an antique Duncan Phyfe table table from an auction that I paid a pittance for. The table top was badly damaged, but the legs were beautiful. It’s been in my workshop getting stacked a mile high with stuff. It seemed silly to leave such pretty legs on a table that isn’t being put to good use, so I finally removed them.
Since one of the metal caps were missing on one of the tables, I removed them all and decided to work on that table.
I needed to find a new top for it, but couldn’t find one at the home improvement store, but my husband said he could get me a big wooden spool – the kind large wire is sold on. The boards remind me of a farmhouse table, so I wasn’t sure if it was the right style to go with the legs, but it was free, so I was willing to work with it. Because of the holes, I couldn’t just stain it, I was going to need to paint it.
I did stain it first, because I wanted the wood darker underneath the paint.
I painted it white and distressed it, and I loved the way it looked, but the bright white just didn’t look right against the gray legs.
I did a wash of graypaint over the white to see if that would give the top and the legs a more cohesive appearance.
But the obvious problem I still had, was what to do about all those big holes? I thought I’d try finding an old ironstone plate or a tarnished platter to mount over them, but I didn’t have either one that was large enough, and a trip to some antique stores didn’t yield one either. It occurred to me that Hobby Lobby may have a large wooden plaque I could use – I’d just need to paint it. They didn’t have a plaque that was big enough, but they did have these wooden plates, which were the perfect size – big enough to cover the holes, but not so big it would overwhelm the table top.
I painted it the darker gray to match the legs, distressed and waxed it, then attached it to the tabletop. It was an inexpensive and easy solution to the problem, and I’m in love with my new farmhouse cable spool table!
So, what do think of my new little farmhouse cable spool table? I’d love it if you let in the comments below.
If you enjoyed this project, you can see many more of my furniture makeovers HERE.