A friend did a little pickin' for me at an estate sale and one of the things she got for me was a round table top that had been made from a cable or wire spool. It wanted to be a table again, so I created this rustic, industrial table--perfect for a small coffee or cocktail spot.
The original table was obviously carefully made from linoleum that looks like wood (see picture below). Someone had cut and glued it down on the wood spool with great precision, but I preferred the underside of the table or the real wood side.
I started by making a square table apron from reclaimed wood.
I didn't take too many process pictures. But I cut 1"x 1" boards the length between the legs (which are made from pallet boards) to attach to the inside of the apron. These allowed me to attach the table top from the inside without screws showing and helped to secure the legs.
I did secure the pallet wood legs with 2 1/2" screws screwed through the front of the table apron.
I stenciled the top using individual letter stencils. I traced a round tray to make a chalk line for straight lettering.
I stained the whole piece with Minwax stain in Early American
After cutting two stools down (you are supposed to have 12" between a table top and chair seat-- I cut these down so that there is 10"), I painted them white, distressed them and used the same stain on them.A clear finish completed this project.
This little, industrial set would make a great table for a morning cup of coffee with a friend or an evening cocktail. It is the kind of piece that doesn't take up too much space, but creates a cozy extra spot to enjoy.