Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing a DIY I did for a pretty little tree stump side table. I know I'm not the first one to get this idea, but I've been seeing them around for a while and have wanted to make one forever. They are pretty expensive in stores, but if you can get your hands on a tree stump for free, it's a super cheap project. I'm happy to finally have tackled this project...and it was pretty easy, too! It just takes a lot of patience. :)The first thing you need to do is find a stump. I was very lucky that my parents had just had a tree taken down in their backyard, so I had plenty to choose from! My dad and I dug through the pile to find the most even stump so we wouldn't have to do any additional leveling.
Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
This tree had been taken down relatively recently, so the bark was still pretty fresh. That made it SUPER easy to remove the bark using a flat head screw driver. In the past, I've removed the bark from tree parts and it has been really difficult (see my DIY cat tree with real branches). I think that waiting until the piece is totally dry makes it harder.
Once the bark was gone, I treated the piece with bleach water to kill some of the mold. Then I set it aside to dry out. This is the part that takes patience. I let it dry out for several months in a dry area (i.e., not sitting outside where it rains!).