3 Electrical Upcycles For Leftover Electrical Supplies

As a homeowner, you most likely understand the various tasks necessary for maintaining your home's appeal, value, and function. From replacing roofing shingles and pressure washing your deck to fixing a broken window, these tasks are essential for protecting your home's investment. Considering an estimated 51,000 house fires stem from improper electrical systems, periodic updates and replacements on your electrical system are imperative. Of course, these updates require professional contractors, like those from Sun Coast Electric & Networking Inc, and various supplies. Rewiring parts of your home's electrical system may require multiple spools of new wire. These spools range in height and width, but they are large pieces of wood that can overwhelm local landfills. Americans generated an estimated 254 million tons of trash in 2013 alone, so reducing waste by reusing these large wire spools is smart. If you are updating parts of your home's electrical system, consider these unique upcycles for leftover supplies.

Coffee Table

To get started, wash the wire spool using a solution of liquid dish soap and warm water. Allow the spool to dry overnight. Wearing safety goggles and work gloves, remove any staples, screws, or nails from the wire spool. Flip the spool upside down to check under the rims for leftover staples, screws, and nails, as well.

Sand around the edges of the spool using paper or a power sander. Apply a coat of paint or wood stain to the entire spool and allow it to dry overnight. For a rustic look, leave the wire spool in its original state.

Place your new coffee table in your family or living room and arrange decorative accents on top for added appeal.


A leftover electrical spool can also become a stylish ottoman for resting your feet. After cleaning, sanding, and painting, cut a piece of foam into a circular shape that fits the top of the spool.

For the best comfort, use a thick piece of foam. Attach the foam directly to the top of the wire spool using hot glue. After choosing a piece of fabric in your favorite color or patterns, cut into circular shape. Be sure to cut a circle a few inches wider than the circular shape of the spool's top.

Place the fabric over the top of the spool, covering the cushion. Wrap the outer portion of the fabric under the top rim of the spool, stapling and pulling tighter as you go.

This affordable ottoman will become a favorite space for relaxing. In addition, you will enjoy the simple act of reducing waste in your local landfills.

Curtain Rods

Dressing your windows with drapes and curtains is important for your home's appeal, but also for privacy and preventing heat loss through the glass panes. Unfortunately, curtain rods for each window of your house can become expensive, so consider creating your own out of conduit leftover from an electrical project.

To create two 5-foot long curtain rods, use one 10-foot long metal conduit. Cut the rod directly in half to form the two pieces. You will also need the following:

  • 4 ½-inch conduit straps – You will need 2 straps for each window.
  • 4 L-shaped brackets – You will need 2 brackets for each window.
  • 4 Decorative Finials – You will need 2 finials for the ends of each rod. Use cabinet knobs that can screw into the ends of the rod.
  • Spray Paint

Measure two inches from the end of a conduit and attach one strap. Apply a coat of paint to the conduits with attached straps. Also, spray paint the brackets and finials to match. Allow to dry overnight.

Use your drill to install an l-bracket directly above each side of the window frame. Place the conduit into the bracket to ensure it is level. Hang your window treatment on the conduit rod and place onto the brackets. Screw your finials into the ends of the conduit curtain to complete the look.

After an electrical repair or replacement, you may have waste that can easily become beautiful furniture and home accents. Using these unique upcycles, you can reduce waste and enhance the look and function of your home.