Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Stump and Grind: How to Make a Tree Stump

Written by Molly Branstetter
It’s no secret that I have an obsession with things that are a blend of natural and glamorous. I’ve been wanting to make a tree stump side table for my husband and I for over a year, but for some reason I never got around to doing it. I have used a faux stump in a client’s home before, and it really makes the perfect footstool and side table. The best part about this project is (besides the paint), it was completely free! I love the look of all things “natural glam.”

Here is how I made my tree stump side table. I will make the tutorial short and sweet like this little guy.

1. Climb through the woods to find the perfect stump and avoid getting stung by a needley grass called Stinging Netto (I renamed it the devil’s grass). It burns like fire. Or, you could find a stump from someone chopping firewood (depending on where you live).

2. Let the stump dry out for a few weeks if it isn’t already dry.

3. With a chisel or a screwdriver, remove the bark.

4. Sand the heck out of it and wipe off with a damp cloth.

5. Take a champagne break. (Very important!)

6. Spray paint or stain your stump table in your color of choice (or you could leave it natural). I used a very golden silver.

7. Seal the stump with polyurethane. (Vermont Natural Coatings makes a great green polyurethane called PolyWhey.)

*The only thing that I spent money on was paint! I love nearly free!

Stumpy works perfectly next to my free “throwaway” wicker chair!

Gotta love the texture!

Once you are done creating your gorgeous stump, prop your feet up, read a good blog, and admire your hard work!

An altered version of this article originally appeared at The Poor Sophisticate.

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