Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY...Tree Stump Table






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A while back, I shared a post about having a few dead and dying pine trees removed from our backyard. See full post here.


 
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After this huge tree was cut down, I was left with a huge stack of these…



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While staring at these beautiful, raw stumps…I envisioned some of them looking more like some of these…

 
 
DIY tree stump side tables

A Beautiful Mess


 

 
 
 
 
 
tree trunk art
 
 
 
 
I picked one of my stumps and got to work! There are many tutorials on how to DIY a tree stump table…I followed some of the tips from Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff blog. Her step by step tutorial is excellent!
 
 
I started with this stump…
 
 
 
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Since the tree had been dead for a while before we cut it down, the bark peeled right off with my hands. Then all I had to do was sand the top and sides…



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I used several different grits of sandpaper…starting with the roughest 60 grit, then working down to the finest 150 grit. This gave the sides a nice smooth finish…



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I noticed that the top of my stump had a couple of deep pits…



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I used some Elmer’s Wood Filler and a putty knife to fill the holes. Just apply a couple of coats of putty, sanding between each application…
 
 
 
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Next step was to attach some legs. I found this set at Ikea, and they worked perfectly!



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I  really liked the color and grain patterns on the sides of the stump…



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I decided to stain the sides with a semi transparent stain to enhance, not cover up the variations. I used Wood Classics stain from Sherwin Williams in Pickled White. I also decided to paint the top with some ASCP in Old White…



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Somehow I did not get photos of these two simple steps…bad blogger! However, just follow the directions on the can for the stain, let dry overnight, then paint the top with a couple of coats of ASCP – using your blue painters tape to make a nice smooth line…



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And here it is! All styled and ready for sale at our shop Hip Chick Designs. I really like the way the white top and grayish sides have a beachy/coastal feel and look!



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I love the way it turned out! I think I will make a couple more like this. I also have plans to make a few on casters, and some smaller ones to be used in groupings. Luckily I have a pile of stumps to choose from right in my backyard!








11 comments:

  1. love it! any luck selling it? FABULOUS

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  2. LOVE how you gave the log legs! I actually having a few logs in my garage waiting to be turned into tables! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

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  3. Beautiful! Those are going to sell so fast!

    -Lane

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  4. Wow! So cute with the painted top!! I have a few of these waiting in my shed... my husband said they need to "cure" before peeling and bringing them inside... perhaps that was a bit of a story?? Anyhow, yours turned out amazingly! I love it!!
    Krista

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  5. We have tree stumps around our camp fire, but I'd better make some like your for inside the house.

    Goedele

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  6. Wow, great idea! I will keep this in mind!

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  7. I so love this table! Great job using what you have!

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  8. how fun! i love this diy project too and enlisted my dad to help. he has a farm with lots of trees and has a stump waiting for me. only he says it will take 10 years to dry out. er, hope that's an exaggeration dad. i really like the look of the legs, though my waiting-for-me stump is 200 lbs. i'll have to some pretty substantial ones!

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  9. I love that the tree is being reused in such a unique and creative way. We're removing a tree from our yard, and I'm half tempted to keep a few feet of the trunk. I would love to recreate your idea of the rolling tree trunk tables!

    Sara Welsh | http://www.EntiraFamilyClinics.com

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  10. Hi, Did the pickled white stain give the stump the grey tint ?

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