DIY Tree Stump Tables

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Finally back from my European hiatus! I had a magical time but I’ve never been happier to be back home! I mean, you DON’T even get free refills there.

I had been throwing around the idea of these tree stump tables for a while. Again, everyone thought I was crazy! No idea why. I love them, and retail “tree stump tables” go for hundreds of dollars.

In January, I saved 3 stumps from getting the firewood axe and put them in a barn to dry out since they had been sitting in the snow for weeks. Forgot about them for a while but came back to them in May when the weather was getting friendlier.

Aside from finally finding the perfect stumps, it was such an amazingly simple process.

And I could not be more in love! They ended up even better than I imagined. And most days, I have a pretty unrealistic imagination…

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We started by removing all the bark with a hammer and chisel. Since the stumps had been drying in a barn for nearly five months, it didn’t take long.

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I love how they aren’t perfect. And you can still see pieces of the original bark in the cracks.

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I had my lovely assistant help me sand down each stump with a coarse and fine grit sander.

sanding-tree-stumpsAfter the sanding was finished, we started with the first of many coats of polyurethane.

The directions said we could add a new coat after 4-6 hours but for each coat to fully dry, I think we waited about 24 hours. One coat each day.

I used a clear satin polyurethane. I preferred satin to glossy. I think we did 4 in total. On all sides and the top and bottom.

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My boyfriend is the smartest. He set the stumps on a wooden board so the plastic drop cloth wouldn’t stick to the bottom of the stump. This is why I keep him around. I’m the imaginative talent! I can’t be in charge of these little details. He’s also amazing.

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I like to think they look even better than the retail stumps! If I had the means, one thing I might have done differently is hollow them out. They are HEAVY. For now, I will just get a nice workout every time I decide I need a furniture rearrangement!

I like them clumped together for now in a little coffee table set up but may use them separately in the future.

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The ceramic mushroom coffee mugs are from my recent trip to Europe! Came all the way home from Prague in one piece. Absolutely worth it!

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14 Responses to DIY Tree Stump Tables

  1. Krystal says:

    They came out GREAT. This is such an awesome tutorial. I would love to try this!

  2. Your tables look absolutely amazing! I’ve been wanting to attempt this project for a while now but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect stump. Hope mine cane turn out as amazing as yours!

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  5. lou says:

    These are awesome!! I have been in love with that end table for so long! How did you keep the logs from splitting? I am having trouble keeping them from splitting and cracking when they dry out.

    • Thank you! Luckily, there wasn’t any major splitting. We kept the trunks in an enclosed work room so I’m assuming that type of controlled environment helped. I did have some minor cracking that you can see if you look directly at the tops of the trunks. I was a little concerned at first, but we continued on and they still turned out great! I kind of love that they aren’t perfect!

  6. Katie says:

    Hi! Found you on the CRAFT link up party. These are amazing!! PINNED!

  7. Lindsay says:

    If these were used outdoors for s patio would the weather ruin them? Or is the poly protective?

    • That’s a good question! Even though there are quite a few coats of polyurethane, I assume keeping them outside would have some effect on them eventually. Change in pressure/temperature could have some effect on the wood itself. For shorter periods of time I think it would be fine but you may want to move them into shelter when not being used.

  8. nancy says:

    they look like they still have the bark on them. was that something special, or just my imagination?

  9. nancy says:

    thanks for replying. I also like the look.

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