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Tree Stump Side Table DIY

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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
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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.
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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!).
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I finished the piece with a stain and a polyurethane, and it turned out awesome!
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Have you tried to make a tree stump side table before?? What did you think--easy or difficult? Did you remove your bark or keep it on?To read more about this project and check out some more tips, I'd love to have you over on my blog at the link below. Happy Hometalking!

To see more: https://www.bybrittanygoldwyn.com/2016/11/make-a-tree-stump-side-table/

Got a question about this project?

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey

    Thanks for sharing this! Every once in a while a tree must come down for one reason or another. This is a perfect way to use parts of the tree. We have some wood waiting to be ready for just this purpose . . . Awesome! 👍

  • Theduke1234

    Naomie: Yeah, 3 or a groupin' sounds good. I have a forest full of wood, trees that have fallen and some cut down......I am plentiful with wood.......since I live in the woods........lol. I truly like your idea.......Thank you and have a great

  • Mary Coakley
    Mary Coakley Ireland

    I like the rustic look of it and you matched the colours great,the brown and wood shade perfect.

  • Angela Mehrer
    Angela Mehrer Allenton, MI

    I love this! We have a massive oak (seriously about 31/2-4 ft across) that has to come down. The limbs alone would be great for this, but I need ideas to use the actual trunk part. I don't want to waste such a beautiful old tree!

    • Alanda
      Alanda Kalispell, MT

      Cut through the make a large round and make a table top. Do the same with smaller dia branches and make stools.

  • Angela Mehrer
    Angela Mehrer Allenton, MI

    I'd love to get it milled into slabs. We're looking for someone to do it right now, so we'll see what we can come up with. It's my favorite tree, so it's hard to see it go.

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