Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tree Stump Table

Shortly after moving in, our new neighbors took down some trees in their backyard. I mean a LOT of trees. The sounds of trucks and saws were heard day after day. After a while it looked like this:

Next, they started cutting the logs into smaller logs, like this:

I’ve always admired the cool, organic, tree stump tables in the West Elm catalog, like this one for $200:

 (By the way, what's up with those towels? They look exactly like a tallis)!

So, I knocked on their door and asked if I could take one of the logs. The first step was to remove all the bark. This was not as hard as I thought it would be. Some of it was already coming off, and the rest I “chiseled” off with a hammer and gardening tool. 

The next step was to sand the heck out of it. The surface was pretty rough so this was a job for my trusty electric sander. I started out with course sandpaper and moved on to finer paper after I achieved a nice somewhat smooth finish.

After many days of sanding I was left with this. 

Because it was going in a room with light floors and light painted furniture, I wanted it darker for more contrast. So, I picked up a can of Miniwax and gave it a quick coat of dark walnut stain.

I love how the finished table contrasts with my more formal chairs for an eclectic look.


  1. very cool! thanks for sharing how doable this is too.


  2. what a great idea. i have a stump just waiting for me to turn it into a table like yours :)

  3. Looks wonderful- love how your stump turned out!! I host a decorating party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to come share sometime!

  4. ....I LOVE THIS TABLE!!!!

    You are soooooooooooo lucky to have found those tree stumps - I hope you grabbed more than just the one!

    I have been dying for a table like the one at West Elm; but, like you, I'm so not willing to pay the price tag! Hmmmm, I wonder if my neighbors really like their trees....

    Take care,

  5. Love this so I pinned this. Hope you can swing by and join my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  6. I love stuff like this stump table.
    very good

    - KAT -

  7. I love stump table. Collected a couple already in the back of my house, but they are so crooked, I don't know how to trim off the top :( Would love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going now Happy new year! My

  8. It's beautiful! Love the look of it in the room.

  9. LOVE this and I've instructed my husband to go out and find one on his travels (visits farms on a regular basis)
    Jennie. x

    1. Thanks Jennie...I love it too! It's a conversation piece.

  10. love it. I made a stump table for our porch but didn't remove the bark. Basically did nothing to it. It was to hold my morning coffee or evening glass of wineI like this version for inside. It's been pinned!

    1. Thank you! I was afraid of the bugs so I took off the bark!


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