from the archives, old spool redo

from the archives, old spool redo

With it being a new year, and the second full year of this blog I am still feeling out what works. Also gaining new people daily following along. So, with this in mind I am going to bring back from the archives one project a month. Today I am sharing the old spool redo. You can find the story and tutorial here.
I got this from Craigslist for free while picking up the cane chairs. Luckily for me the home owner did not know what could be done with this. The potential was endless. I zeroed in really quick on what I wanted to do. Use it as book shelf for my kids. Books are the one thing both Dale and I never tire of buying for our kids. We see the benefit and love that we have three little book worms. The more the merrier in terms of books.


One year later it is still the home for all things book. My kids like that they can reach any story. It has been moved, and moved, and moved. But for the past few months it is in the corner of the study.


With it being up against the wall it makes it difficult to get around to the back. The bonus of this is we rotate it. And in doing so my kids discover long lost books that have been in the back. There is a few nicks in the paint, but it has held up really well for all of the abuse that it has gotten.


If I am being real here (which I pride myself on being) I will say it can be some work to keep the books to stay in the shelves. If one or two tumble out sometimes they all follow. However, I snapped these pictures in the middle of the day on a whim. No planning or staging was done what so ever, so it is possible to keep them neatly in there. Just a little more organization and staying on top of it. I think it is worth it to have this wonderfully unique bookshelf.


I was still in the early stages of blogging and not used to keeping photographic examples of my steps. But this one is pretty straight forward. If there is any questions on how to re create this, let me know. I am more then happy to answer.


As the kids get older and the books become less and less, or they want to keep them in their room. I will be confiscating this and putting it in my room. Dale and I have boxes of books in the basement and no place to put them. I have my eye on this. We could get another spool, but they are a random, sent from the decorating gods, once in a lifetime thing. I have not seen one since. So for now, my kids have this awesome book shelf, I have a great piece in my home, and my books collect dust in the basement. One day…..

This is the shelf a few months ago, on a not so organized day with the bookshelf.
Any tricks or tips on how to keep a book shelf neat and tidy? Other then not having them or being a angry person who hovers over anyone picking a book? Is there a happy median to book shelf organization?



  1. Emily, I love this! What a great way to use an old spool! My husband works for an electrical company and is always bringing them home for projects. Will have to keep this one in mind πŸ™‚

  2. You were lucky to get that spool and I love what you did with it! I love books too but have only saved one shelf worth for each girl. I don't even know if they'll want them one day but for now I'm saving them. Maybe a basket for the spill over of extra books that don't get back in and then once a week it's time to return them to the shelf (kids must do).?

    • It was a lucky find for me. The basket idea is a great one. Usually there is just a pile until I have had enough of the mess, but I like the basket idea. Who does not love baskets anyways? Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

  3. Such a great idea to use the spool as a book shelf. So creative and I love how some white paint totally transformed it. As far as ways to keep the books organized, I typically place the smaller books in clear containers. This way, our book shelf doesn't spill over with loose books as often.

    • The white paint made it feel more polished and done. The clear containers is a great idea! See, if I ever have a parenting question I will just post it and get some awesome ideas πŸ™‚

  4. What a neat project! I love how it turned out! We'd be honored to have you share this at our weekly link party. Hope to see you there!

  5. What a super cool idea! This would so great in a kids playroom. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty πŸ™‚

    Life With Lorelai

  6. Hello cute lady! I’m loving it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for partying with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Again, great project! Love that it's 2 levels. We're book lovers at our house so the more storage the better! Thanks for sharing this project at Something To Talk About Link Party!

  8. I love that bookcase! Those spools are so cool anyway, but I never would've thought of that!

  9. Emily – love this and have chosen to feature you at this week's Thank Goodness It's Thursday party! πŸ™‚

  10. Are you kidding?! You must be the energizer Bunny πŸ™‚ Love this project too. We are always on the hunt for different ways to store and showcase books…great job. Thanks for sharing!

    Vicki and Jennifer

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