When we had a few dead trees cut down in our yard last year, I saved some of the stumps to decorate with. I used a couple stumps to spruce up our fall porch, then decided to turn one of the stumps into a side table.
Next, using my paint roller I gave the stump multiple coats of stain. Allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. I left the bottom of the stump untouched, since it would be on the floor.
I love the rustic-natural look of the stump table!
or a spot to set a drink and a snack while we're watching TV.
Best of all, it was rather inexpensive to pull the whole thing together and my kids think I'm pretty cool for bringing the outside in!
*ETA- In order for this project to work you need to allow your stump to dry completely. Our stump sat outside to dry for many months on a covered porch, to protect it from the elements. Be sure to elevate your stump off the ground while drying to prevent mold.