Upcycled Cable Reel Table

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these old cable reels for free – yah go me! they have become so popular now for upcycling.  People are now charging extortive money for them!

I wanted one for my garden, as the table we had, had seen better days and was literally falling apart. So here is my before picture, I had just started sanding it.

Upcycle cable reel table

and here it is all finished and sitting nice and pretty in the garden, with some flowers that I wish I could say I grew in my garden but ahem no ….


I decided against painting it, I know! major shock for me too! I just gave it a good sand down with my trusty hand sander.  I left the wording on it and left it a bit rustic and rough looking.  I then gave it two good coats of wood decking oil, left it to soak in and thats it!

Here’s a few shots of the work in hand.

Upcycle cable reel table

A nice effective upcycle and there’s even a little hole to put your umbrella in, result !

Upcycle cable reel table

So have you used a cable reel in any project? I’d love to try a smaller one for a coffee table.

Till next time ….

M x


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27 thoughts on “Upcycled Cable Reel Table

  1. amylovestosew says:

    How clever – this looks great. Our garden is a bit of a non-starter at the moment, we really haven’t got to grips with it since we moved. Maybe one day I can create a lovely space and have a unique table like this – thanks for the inspiration #craftingismytherapy


  2. Me, You and Magoo says:

    Love this! As you know I have one in my own garden…they are so sturdy & perfect for leaving outside. I prefer the natural look, although I have seen some lovely painted ones on Pinterest. Thank you for linking up with #craftingismytherapy


  3. Meg | Hello Farmhouse says:

    This is so awesome! My husband brought one of these home from work several years ago, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I wish I was clever enough to turn it into a table. Such a great idea!

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  4. Becky, Cuddle Fairy says:

    Oh I love this! It turned out fab. I like how you didn’t do too much – you preserved the cool original look! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK x

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  5. ljdove23 says:

    What a fab, creative idea!! I love this, it’s a great table but also so unique! I’m useless at anything like this, our table is just a boring old glass one I’m afraid! #BloggerClubUK

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