Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tree Stump Table

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. 

The process was pretty simple!  Using my Dremel, I sanded the top and bottom of the stump smooth.


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 left the stump in the garage for a few days to dry.


Once the stump was dry I gave it a couple coats of clear enamel to protect it from scratches and spills. 

I love the rustic-natural look of the stump table!

It's perfect for a small plant,

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. 





57 comments:

  1. I love it Brandi. Fantastic idea :)

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  2. Love how your stump turned out the deep color looks good.

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  3. I love tree stump tables when they are the real thing. :)

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  4. Wow sweet Brandi...you're still at it, ha, the lady with many talents!! Love this!
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  5. I have a stump with which to do this very same project. My problem is that the top is not level! LOL And you know how hard it's gonna be for me to play around with THAT! Can you say power tools?
    Yours turned out wonderful~ so cool and trendy. Visiting from WOW. :- Sue

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  6. I love them, Brandi ~ we wheeled one home last summer for my son's room. :) Your's looks nice with the dark stain!

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  7. of course it looks fantastic! I expect nothing less from you. Love it!!!

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  8. Looks fantastic Brandy and your right it's the perfect spot for a little plant.

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  9. This is a great project. I have a few pieces of an old tree sitting in my yard waiting for me. Glad I found your little tutorial!

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  10. That looks fabulous Miss Brandi!

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  11. LOVE this idea. I bet you are so glad you saved it! Looks great.

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  12. It turned out very nice, Brandi and looks fantastic with your beautiful pillow and bowl. xx

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  13. Beautiful, love the gloss finish.

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  14. Hi Brandi, such a great idea I like the finish you put on it....I can't imagine that you will take time to rest and have a snack so I'm guessing your kids will enjoy this cute table :)

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  15. Looks really good, I love earthy touches in homes.

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  16. You need your own tv program! You have the most amazing creative eye. Its perfect!!!

    Coming from an old wood worker, I too loved fallen trees. It does take a log a few years to totally dry. I would advise you to put some sort of nail-in plastic casters on the bottom of that stump to get it up off the floor. You need to keep some air circulating under that stump. There is still some moisture in the stump and it could effect your wood flooring. You can get those at the hardware store. They are about 1/4 thick and are the size of a quarter and come in various colors, they are smooth and will not scratch the floor. I know caster is not the name for it, but its all I can think of at the moment. You can see them on the bottom of chair legs, some are metal but you want the acrylic ones.

    I love your creative eye!! GOD sure blessed you and I checked out your Fall porch. WOW!!! Like I said, HGTV needs YOU!!! Or, you need your own craft shop to sell your creations.

    GOD bless you this Easter week.

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  17. LOVE THIS BRANDI! HOW CREATIVE!

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  18. OMG it turned out so good I saw it on instagram I love it

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  19. I love this! - We've used tree stumps for tables outside, but what a cook idea bringing them in finishing them! So glad you stopped by ThousandStoryKitchen.com - I'm looking forward to exploring your blog!

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  20. I love it! I've been thinking of doing matching tree stump tables for my seating space in my office. I was thinking about painting them gold, though!

    Whitney
    The Decor Chronices

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  21. What a cool idea! I wish I had thought of this when we had a tree cut down last year!

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  22. I've never seen it stained only painted and I love it this way. Very cool MS Brandi!

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  23. REALLY cool idea, Brandi! I remember the ones used on your porch (I think that was one of the first posts of yours that I saw), and creating one for the indoors was a terrific idea. It's a Brandi original! Hope you signed the bottom of it! :-) Happy Easter to you and yours!!!

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  24. Your stump turned out great! Love the idea.

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  25. Awesome job, It turned out GREAT!

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  26. i love it! It looks very doable and something I could even do. thanks for the tutorial. Please share this on my linky party, if you get a chance: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-linky-party-1.html

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  27. This turned out so well! I've had my eye on a stump table for a while now, but I don't have a backyard so for now it's just a dream. I really like the dark stain you chose too. It makes it look more like a finished piece of furniture. I love it!

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  28. Very clever use of a tree stump. I just love the markings on the cut top and on the bar. I would never have been able to think of doing this and I could use one or two of those! Thanks ever so much for the tutorial. Dropping by from BNOP, Jane

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  29. love love! I have one outside between two chairs by the firepit!
    Such a great look anywhere really!
    ~Tana

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  30. I love how you stained your table. I made one last year and left it natural. I might need to add some darker color to it. Beautiful job!
    Holly @ http://downtoearthstyle.blogspot.com/

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  31. Interesting, very interesting.

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  32. So cool, Brandi!!! I saw a similar one at Room and Board for $300?? Since I don't have stumps....thinking of buying that. But will check with my neighbors for stumps first! Fingers crossed.

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  33. This has been on my must have list...forever! I'm green with envy! :) Turned out AWESOME!

    XO, Aimee

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  34. I LOVE how this turned out, Brandi! Well done. I have been on the hunt for a stump for so long now - I don't know if I'm ever going to find one!

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  35. You should be on TV! GREAT!

    xoRebecca

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  36. i LOVE this! you are so creative! thanks for sharing!!!

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  37. I love this idea! Yours turned out fabulous. I've pinned to do this...we have a woodpile and lots haven't been split yet. Some I use for bird bath holders, now I have another use for them! Thanks for the inspiration...pinned!
    Debbie :)

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  38. This is JUST what I have been thinking about... and just waiting for a cottage tree to need cutting down!! Thanks for sharing how you did it! I'll be sure to use your tips :-)

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

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  39. That is awesome! Thanks for tips on how to do this. I like the natural look but I like this enhanced look better!!

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  40. Excellent! I found you on Roadkill Rescue and was completely drawn to your project because I too have a stump I've been wanting to do a project with. I was thinking about hollowing out part of it to set a plant in, BUT I'm really loving how yours turned out with the stain. I may have to do that instead. Thanks so much!

    I'd love if you shared this at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/04/show-tell-21-link-party.html

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  41. What a great idea Brandi, it looks awesome! I wouldn't have thought to use stain on it, but I really like the way it turned out.

    Debbie

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  42. How special to use a part of your tree. The table turned out great! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  43. Such a wonderful project! I am visiting from Karen's blog where I saw the gorgeous pillow you made and that she won! I'm very impressed!

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  44. This is fantastic, and something I have thought of trying. We were going to grab some stumps from a nearby empty lot, but they were HEAVY! Great inspiration!

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  45. Desperately need a tree stump for my living room! If only I could find one (it's very difficult in the city)! You rocked it!

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  46. Your side table looks great! I love that it's a combo of rustic and shiny.

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  47. This is so my style! I love it! Newest Follower. I would love for you to link up with me at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks,
    Angela

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  48. I'd love to do this for small spaces outdoors. Very Cute!

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