I don’t know about you, but I love free furniture. Well, I’ve had my eye on stump side tables for a while now. Here’s what I’m talking about:
Ouch! They’re cool, but that just is not happening at those prices. I was pretty sure I could make something very similar in a much less expensive way. We’ve had all of this wood sitting on the side of our house for the last year.
We are hoping to heat our house this winter with it, but I had my eye on a piece or two for this project.
A lot of them were short and skinny – great for Grant who had to chop these by hand, bad for me who wanted a tall, wide stump. I eventually found one that was wide enough for my liking, and I knew that I was going to put the stump on legs anyway, so this was perfect.
I started by removing all the bark with a hammer and chisel. This wood had been drying for over a year, so the bark fell off pretty easily.
After I got all the bark off, it was time to sand. I used my circular sander and it went pretty fast.
Now I’ve seen DIY-ers who have left the dark brown on the stump, but I wanted to get it all off, so the sanding took me a little longer.
I left dark brown on the bottom 4th or so of the stump because I had planned on adding a dipped paint to the stump. I did make sure it was sanded smooth though.
After that I applied two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain to the top and sides, not worrying about the very bottom. After that dried, I applied 2 coats of polyurethane. Some would suggest adding more, but I’m just impatient and my worst pet peeve in DIY projects is drying wait time. So it was all I could take to wait through the drying process of two coats of poly!
Then it was time to add the legs. I don’t know if you can tell yet, but my stump wasn’t exactly level. And we don’t have a chainsaw to fix that, so I had to improvise. I decided to use threaded pipe and floor flanges, because then I could screw them in to the desired length and try to even the top out a little.
After the legs were on, it was time to add the white paint. I applied the white paint after the top had poly on it. I was afraid that the poly would turn my white paint an icky yellow color. I used Frog Tape to make my paint line.
I added 2 coats of primer and then 3 coats of Valspar bright white in Semi-gloss.
And now for the finished project:
And my little model wanted to show it off too:
Isn’t it cute? Not perfect, but cute and full of character! And for under $10 vs. roughly $300?? I’ll take it!
Oh, and this last picture gives you a sneak peak at our new DYI flooring in our sunroom that I plan to share soon!