My wonderful guy knows that I am always on the hunt for new ideas and projects to attempt so he brought me home the perfect item to refurbish. If you haven't figured it out what it is already its a wooden reel! It has so much character with all of the staples, nails, wooden knots, rusty bolts and I particularly love the stamps! We even have the perfect place for this beautiful piece.

Our current coffee table is old and is quite wobbly because one of the casters broke in half. We have to awkwardly slide it around when we want to use it and the shape doesn't compliment our sectional. A new circular coffee table will be a great upgrade to what we currently have and I may even add castors so it can be rolled around..

The only thing that I dislike about the reel is the hand written 100m. I feel as if it takes away from the authenticity and overall look. The other side didn't have any hand written notes but it wasn't nearly as nice and requires more work.

Since this project requires quite a bit of work to get it ready for our living space I will be working on this over the next couple weeks until its complete. I started with sanding the top.

There were many splinters since the wood was soft and weathered but I didn't want to remove the stamps. I decided that the best course of action would be to use a fine sanding paper to remove all raised wood grain. This allowed to me lightly sand without taking to much off. I wasn't left with a super smooth surface but I like the rustic appearance and feel.

Be very careful while sanding since the nails and staples are very sharp. I actually sliced open my finger during the process and it wasn't pleasant to say the least.

As you can see the labels are a little lighter, the edges are smoother and the stains are faded but there is still plenty of character. I ended up stopping at this point because of my stabbed finger but I will continue sanding the base next weekend.

Word of the Day: Chatter

An undesirable, repetitive pattern created on wood from an unbalanced electric sander.

Happy Refurbishing!

AuthorCamille Pacori