my wooden spool dilemma

Hey, hey!  Happy Monday!  How are you?

I am great!

I am gearing up for company to come visit.  FUN!!

That’s one thing about living on an island.  We get our fair share of visitors.  :)

Luckily, we mostly like them all.  😉  We had about a year there where we had at least one week of company every month.  I became quite the tour guide. Hence my knowledge of the top 10 free things to do in Curacao.  I’m ready to get to doing a few of those again soon.

You know how it goes, don’t you?!?  You have these really cool things to do in your town, but you don’t usually do them unless you’re showing them to visitors.

Or you have this really cool room in your house … or on the roof as it may be … and you don’t spend as much time up there as you could.  Because it’s always there.  I’ll just go up tomorrow.  Or next week.  Or sometime soon, for sure!  :)
wooden spool

But I got a pretty good chuckle on my most recent little trip to the roof in the company is coming vein.  It is our guest room after all.  :)

See, I had started this little nightstand project … in June.

You know those wooden spools they use to coil large lengths of cords?  Well, come to think of it, I don’t remember seeing them in the states.  But they are at every construction site around here.  We used to use one as a coffee table, actually.
wooden spool

And I had painted a small one and wrapped sisal rope around the center …

wooden spool

… but I didn’t have enough rope so I took this random bit of fishing net I had found at the beach …

wooden spool

… to cover up the top part of the center.  But as I was taking some pictures of it, I realized I didn’t love it.  It just needed to be all sisal.

Or all fish net.

Or beglittered.

Just different somehow.

So I bought more sisal.

And proceeded to make sisal coasters.

Because when I saw the sisal in October, I totally forgot why I had bought it in June.
wooden spoolI’d even forgotten that I’d brought a couple of blue ball jars up to the roof one sunny day with my old point and shoot … love how you can see that in the shadow. (total sarcasm there)

Do you ever do that?

Totally forget about projects you’re working on?  Buy new supplies for said project but then just make something new entirely because you have no memory of buying said supply for a specific project?  Not go to certain areas of your home for months?

I do.  :/

One of my cousins who is coming to visit … and the genius behind the beglittered tea lights … says she can’t wait to see all of my projects in person.

I’m just hoping she can look past all of the unfinished projects as effectively as I can.  :)

And tell me, what should I do about this little unfinished wooden spool dilemma?

And, check out our guest room that is on our roof with a pallet bed here.

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  1. says

    Now you’ve got my mind all-a-flutter! I kind of like it they way it is though. It gives that weathered-by-the-island-air kind of vibe and there isn’t much more relaxing for guests than that – right? I’m sure no matter what you do, it will be great. Enjoy your company – most of them anyway 😉

    • says

      Thank you, Shari. When I look at the pics I start to think it might just be right for the space. Weathered-by-the-island-air as you say might just be the right look. :)

  2. says

    When your company gets up on the roof… are they even looking at that side table? I am pretty sure the answer to that is NO! :))) And if you didn’t tell me it was not meant to look like that, I would have no idea. Play if off… and have fun! Just don’t let her read this post.

  3. szinteriors says

    I’ve been wanting a spool for a long time, and not too long ago noticed one at the end of a veeeery long driveway I pass on my walks. Still haven’t had the courage to ask about it… Visions of a visit in the dark of night come to mind 😉 But it’s pretty big… Can’t you just picture the great escape of that scenario? LOL

  4. says

    I actually think it looks pretty cool as is. The two elements just add a bit of interest, if you ask me. Oh, you weren’t asking me? 😉

  5. says

    I finally gave up on my Wooden Spool, which I was so excited when I found it near a dumpster. I bequeathed to my helper, “Emma”, who undoubtedly make it so cute I will want it back. Yes to everything you said. My home is one big unfinished project because I got distracted by the next thing. Whatever. Have fun with your cousin! Maybe she can help you finish the projects!

  6. says

    I really love this table! I definitely agree that it should be all sisal versus the combo of sisal and fishing net.

    I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who totally forgets about projects they were working on. It happens to me all the time!

  7. says

    I remember my parents having these as tables growing up.I would love to find one for myself! I just saw on a blog where someone did something with a spool…let me see if I pinned it or can remember!


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