I love the idea of a tree stump table! Re-purposing a natural element is one of my favorite things to do, throw in a little metal for an industrial touch and I’m thrilled!
I’ve been admiring Ellen DeGeneres’s coffee table for a couple of years, have you seen it? The Husband said that Ellen’s table looks like 2 cuts of a tree stump…
It reminded us of the tree stump from our River Birch that we had to have cut down earlier in the year…can’t you see the potential?!
So we decided to try to give our tree stump a little TLC and see if she could be repurposed into a table!
If you want to give this a try with a little tree stump of your own, here’s how we made our table!
* A tree stump (needs to be dried out)
*4 inch Channel (these make up the industrial looking legs) You can get this at a Steele Supply Company in your area-they will cut them to size. Google steele supply and you’ll be surprised to find one! 🙂
*Drill or Drill Press
*Primer & Spray Paint for the industrial legs (we used a flat dark gray)
*Grinder or sander to soften rough edges of the metal
*Screws and screwdriver
*Water Based Polyurethane
*Brush to apply the Polyurethane
***Don’t forget to use protective eyewear***
First, The Husband cut the stump to make it level…
Protective ear phones are a big help when using a really loud chain saw!
Next you take the bark off. We used the pressure washer…
And a scraper…
The bark came off a lot easier than we thought!
And just look at that gorgeous wood-grain underneath…
If you wet the stump to get the bark off, let it dry. It won’t take long…a day or two, depending on the weather.
Next comes a little sanding…
We sanded the wood smooth and using the sand paper, softened the edges.
The Husband sands a lot of wood projects and he always wears a mask.
Now for those industrial legs! I love these…we used 3 pieces and made holes where they would be attached to the bottom of the tree stump…
The Husband used his drill press to make the holes but you can easily use a drill…
He used a grinder to file off the rough edges of the metal legs…
Prime and Paint the metal-
After it dries mark your holes for attaching the metal to the bottom of the tree stump. Attach the metal to the stump using long screws.
We brought the table into the den before we applied a water based sealer so we put the drop cloth underneath…
Using a brush, we applied the polyurethane…you can see how it brings out the character of the wood,(left side has the polyurethane/ right side hasn’t been sealed yet)… but you could simply apply a furniture wax if you didn’t want to use sealer.
We love it!
And it looks a little like Ellen’s table don’t ‘cha think?
I’m entering this little project in East Coast Creative’s
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