Oophs, I’m doing it again!
Oops, I’m doing it again!
Actually, I’ve been doing it all along.
It might be intervention time.
Friends are hiding their tables and chairs from me.
Now I’ve collected my obsession to share.
My passion is repurposing old furniture.
But my obsession is repurposing old S~P~I~N~D~L~E~S!!!
I did a collection of 10 things to do with an old spindle last year.
Now I doing it again with more things to do with a broken spindle!!
Here’s my decorative, do not climb to the roof with this ladder…made with spindles!
The sweetest feet ever! They look awesome on the bottom of my repurposed frame turned tray!
Spindles light up my life. And now our home.
When I had the opportunity to join the “Best of DIY” I turned to spindles to make a crate.
Spindles on video
Here’s a little video on working with spindles.
Making things from spindles have been my obsession for years! The first spindle angel I made was over 15 years ago.
These clocks hands were made from spindles. It doesn’t have the clock stuff to make it tick, but I still find myself glancing at it to check the time. I have plans for a huge clock…shhh! Don’t tell anyone.
My obsession is affecting other DIY projects.
When I was in the middle of making a plate holder from dowels I thought, “What about one made with an old spindle!”
I stand them up on end and add to most displays…
and if they won’t stand…I lean them!
NOW…I’m even wearing old spindles!!
And making them for friends to wear.
I think this obsession started as a six-year-old child. I loved staying with my grandparents on their old farm. They had a wonderful old spindle bed with worn off paint. I can still remember the following turns and curves with my hands.
Someday I will walk into the house and all my friends and family will be sitting around an empty chair. They will start telling stories about how I took the legs from the old family dining table. Or the time, I split the spindle legs from the chair back and now no one can lead back. They might tell about the time the coffee table top was left on the floor while the legs were turned into chandeliers.
But I know every one of them is waiting for their spindle necklace!!
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If anyone asks you if the time is correct on your spindle clock, tell them, “yes. twice a day!”
I just recently saw a spindle craft and I love the idea. I can’t find old spindles anywhere. I happened upon your post and I got even more excited. Can u give me advice of where to go looking for old furniture parts or old banister spindles. I have had no luck.
Hey, Sue, I’m actually writing a post to help readers find spindles. I’ll give you a sneak peek. Most of the spindles I’ve found at a thrift store and yard sales. The problem although is they are attached to a chair seat or table top. That involves taking the furniture apart and deciding if taking the piece apart is worth the spindles. Fortunately, most furniture at a thrift store or yard sale is cheap. Habitat for humanity is another great place for inexpensive furniture where getting a spindle is more valuable than keeping the furniture together. Antique stores come in second. I’ve bought bucket fulls of spindles. The price may be more but they usually don’t have a seat attached to them. Of course, you can find new spindles in home depot and in a few larger lumber yards. I’ve bought chairs that netted 12 spindles for a dollar and spent $32 for one amazing spindle! I hope you follow me, I’ll be adding the post in the next couple of weeks. ~Jeanette
I have obsession with spindles too. I have quite a collection. Mostly I have used them for pedestals for servers or candlesticks. Love your ideas….lots of inspiration. Keep them coming.
Thank you, Mary! What is it about spindles that draw us to them? So fun! I need to write and 10 more again post!
This is my first visit to your site. I’m excited to say the least. Thank you for sharing with us.
Marva! I’m so happy you stopped by. My door is always open! 😀
Every time I go into my garage I see spindles I bought just because I liked the way they looked. But I cringe because they just sit there because I can’t think of anything to do with them. You have saved the day! I love your ideas and I’m on my way to the garage to finally start a project using them!
Oh Norma, thank you so much. You made my day too! I can’t wait to see what you make with your spindles. You can share your project by clicking the “share your project” over on the left. Have a fun and creative day, Jeanette
I repurpose almost anything and was so inspired by your spindle chandelier!! I have been transforming chandeliers into solar light chandeliers!! Now with my cool pile of old spindles I loved but didn’t know what I could do with them, I now know thanks to you!!!! Thanks a 1,000,000!! 🙂
Katie, you made my day!!! I would love to see one of your solar light chandeliers! 🙂 Jeanette
Great ideas! I love old spindles!!
Thanks Heather! They are fun to work with and find! Jeanette
Love them! I will now be on the lookout for some. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thank you so much Dee! Soon your eyes will be trained to spot them in a pile of furniture! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Jeanette