DIY Modern Stump Side Table

Simple Stylings
by Simple Stylings
You probably know that stump tables are all the rage right now and last year I stumbled across a nicely shaped stump in our neighborhood. I knew I would make a table out of it but I wanted to do something completely different to give it a modern edge
Things you'll need: Stump, electric sander, 80 and 220 grit sandpaper, painters tape, trashbag, drop cloth, 2 paint brushes, Wood protector and waterproofer (Thompson's Waterseal), paint, prong back studs.
Give your stump a good sanding using 80-grit sandpaper and an electric sander until almost smooth to the touch. Finish with the 220-grit sandpaper so the stump has a very smooth finish.
Pour your sealer into a bowl and paint the sealer onto the bottom of the stump with a paint brush. When the sealer is dry to the touch turn the stump over and repeat.
Next, tape off the area where you will be painting and brush on the sealer below the tape. Remove the tape.
When the sealer is dry to the touch re-tape the area where you will be painting. Paint two coats of white latex paint onto the taped-off area.
Next, tape off the area where you will be painting and brush on the sealer below the tape. Remove the tape.
When the paint is dry, turn the stump over and cover the bottom with a trash bag.
Choose any paint color that works with your decor and splatter paint your stump. To create a splatter pattern, get a generous amount of paint on your brush and swing it back and forth near the stump. Use one or as many colors as you like for an interesting and unique splatter design!
Remove the bag and tape and let the stump dry for 24 to 48 hours
When the paint is dry, gently hammer the studs into the wood along the edge of your paint line. This will give the stump table an edgy look and camouflage any imperfections in the paint line.
Add your new table to any room for an instant wow factor. The wood is protected and water-resistant, so it is perfect for holding beverages or styling with your favorite book or magazine. This piece is one-of-a-kind and can't be found in any store, so be proud of your new decor!
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  • Jenny Jenny on Dec 06, 2015
    What about the bugs that might be in the stump?

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  • Betty Ann Betty Ann on Jan 19, 2016
    Love this. I have a few stumps from a tree we cut a few yrs. ago, I'll make some come spring. Thanks for a great idea.

  • Cecelia Mcfarlane Cecelia Mcfarlane on Jul 07, 2017
    oh my gosh i jus love everything about this table, ill be doing a few fa sure  .