How to finish a tree stump table

How to Make a Tree Stump Table


If you've ever thought about making a tree stump table, fall is a good time to actually do it. That's right. It's tree stump season! Fall sees a lot of firewood deliveries and trees coming down in storms which gives you, the intrepid reclaimer, easy access to tree trunks. Let's get started.

You can control the height of your table with the legs you choose for it.

10 years ago I made a tree stump table. It got shared, copied and posted about so much it's one of 3 posts that I consider to have kickstarted my blogging career (thanks in part to Design*Sponge loving it too.) That table still sits in my living room looking as good as the day I made it.

Stump tables, made out of tree trunks, are one part architectural piece, one part table, one part bugs. Don't worry. We'll get rid of the bugs.

The point is they aren't just a place to put your coffee, a stump table brings the outside in giving your room a cozy organic feel.

They can feel modern or completely hygge and organic. It depends on how you finish them.

DIY stump table made with tree trunk.

FYI! You can also use these as bases for a stump table with a glass top.

These two tree stump ideas are for using them indoors and no chain saws are involved.

I'll show you how to make an unfinished table that's similar to the famous Crate and Barrel tree stump table and a finished one that sits on tall legs.

First the finished stump table that's on legs.

Table of Contents

  1. Tree stump
  2. Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  3. Polyurethane (high gloss, semi-gloss, satin … whichever you want) I used satin which has just a nice sheen
  4. Paint brush
  5. 1 package of 4, 6" Capita legs from Ikea (these legs aren't available at Ikea anymore but they ARE available on Amazon.)
  6. Drill and appropriate bits

First things first. You have to get yourself a tree stump.

Where to find a tree stump?

Keep your eye out for city workers or private tree companies taking down trees. Pull over, ask them if you an have a section of a branch if they're big or the stump. Simple as that.

Call up places near you that sell firewood. They advertise a lot during this time of year so they'll be easy to find. That's what makes fall tree stump season!

I got my stump delivered with my yearly wood order.

How big should it be?

It depends if you want your table to be on legs or sit directly on the floor. I like the look of legs.
Your legs will be 6 inches high, so figure out how tall your stump needs to be for where you want to put it.

Generally you're going to want a tall tree stump for this.

If your sofa has arms at 25" and you want it to be around level with the arms, then you need a stump that's 18" tall.
My stump is 15" across by 18" high, with the 6" legs it's a total of 24" high. This brings it to just below the arm of my sofa.


Step 1 DRY IT

Allow your stump to dry out for at least a month. It’ll lose several pounds and the bark will loosen, making step 2 easier.

Coincidentally if you allow yourself to dry out for a month you’ll lose several pounds too.

You can dry the stump outside for a couple of months, then bring it inside for a couple of weeks.
If your stump was already cut and dried from wherever you got it, you can just bring it inside for a couple of weeks.


Now the work begins. You have to remove the bark. Sometimes this is easy, sometimes it isn't.
The first stump table I made was from Oak. The bark just pulled off with my hands.

The second stump table I made was from Walnut. The bark was a nightmare to remove. I needed an array of tools and a 14' length of prayer beads.

To remove the stump's bark, you'll need these tools to do it:

A Hammer

A Prybar


After your stump has dried inside for a couple of weeks insert the prybar between the bark and the stump. Hammer it enough to loosen the wood then either keep hammering or pull the bark loose with your fingers. Keep doing this all the way around the stump until all the bark is off.

And yes, you do need to remove the bark. If you don't, over time it'll loosen and fall off on its own leaving you with a cruddy looking piece of crud as a table.

If the bark is particularly stubborn, like this stupid thing was ... do the same thing but with wood chisels. They're sharper and will cut through the fibres between the bark and the stump better than a prybar. Be careful not to hack into the wood with the chisel though.

Do not hack into yourself either. Wood chisels are sharp on all sides, not just the tips, so be careful.

Now your stump is cleaned of its bark.

When it's dried out the stump might split a bit like this. That's O.K. It adds character.

Step 3 - SAND IT

The stump now needs to be sanded to get all the little hairs and slivers off it.

You need a smooth stump. Use a variety of sandpaper grits to sand it smooth.

Start with the coarsest grit, gradually working your way to sanding the stump with the smoothest grit.

Get rid of all the hairs.

Sand until you can run your hand over the stump and it feels smooth.

Once your stump is smooth wipe over it with a damp, lint free cloth or a tack cloth.

A lot of wood dust will come off. Keep wiping until your cloth comes away clean.

Now flip your stump over and get ready for the fun part.


Get your pre-purchased legs. Like I said, mine are the Capita legs from Ikea which are soon to be discontinued. You can buy the exact Ikea Capita legs on Amazon though.

To make the end table more like the $900 Crate and Barrel one, ditch the long legs and use little bun feet like these instead. You'll also need a wider, more squat stump.

Each leg comes with a bracket that you screw into the base of your table.

Whatever kind of legs you get make sure the height is adjustable like these are. Adjustable legs on the table means you can make sure it's level without having to squish up a folded up piece of paper. Or if you're a certain age and type - a book of matches.

Don't forget. Adjustable legs are the way to make sure your stump table is level.

Place your legs on the underside of your stump. You can use all 4 legs or just 3. I'm partial to 3, but 4 is definitely more stable.

Use a measuring tape to make sure they're an equal distance apart.

Once you have the legs positioned, mark the holes in the plates with either a pencil or a marker.

Remove the legs and fit your drill with the appropriate sized drill bit.

Pre-drill holes at the spots you marked for the screws.

Once all your holes are predrilled, place your legs and brackets back on and screw them into place.

To make my life easier, I put all my screws into a little dish. Don't question it. Just do it.

Now all your legs are on!


If there are any sections where you accidentally took too much of the wood off (it's lighter underneath) you can skim over it with some stain. I have a whack of different cans of stain so I picked the one I thought would match the best.

Appropriately, it was "Walnut" stain for this walnut stump.

Just wipe it onto the light portion of your wood with some paper towel. It just darkens it up enough to make it blend in a little better. There will still be a colour variation, just not quite as distinct. Again, the look and colour and grain will be different depending on what type of wood stump you're working with.

The staining is a matter of choice. On my first stump table I didn't do it ... on this one I did.
Let your stain soak in and dry.


Now you have to seal all that hard work in.

To stop your stump from drying out even more and to keep it from getting marked on top when you put things down on it you should seal your tree stump.

You can use any wood sealer. If you want a completely natural look I'd recommend sealing it with Thompsons Water Seal which will give the look of having no finish on it at all. Just remember that Thompsons Water Seal is water based which means it can only go on natural wood or wood that has been stained with a water based stain.

I used an oil based Polyurethane to make my stump top as durable as possible. I tend to be a bit spilly and bangy.

If you're using an oil based finish use a natural bristle brush.

Seal the whole stump.

Seal the top, sides and bottom of the stump with 2-3 coats.

The top of the stump will get really dark, but it'll lighten up once the finish sinks in and dries.


After your first coat dries, gently sand off any burrs and bumps.

The sanding will leave the finish with a white haze. Don't worry about it. It'll go away once you apply another coat of finish. Seal the sides and underside again 1-2 more times according to the manufacturer's directions.

Your stump may need up to 6 coats on the top. Because of the open grain, the finish soaks into the top a lot more and requires more coats. Always let your finish dry the recommended amount of time in between coats.

Once you've completed all coats of finish you're done.

Want to paint it?

If you're rather have a painted stump table, after sanding and wiping it apply a coat of primer. Once the primer has dried you can paint it with either water based or oil based paint.


  • Tree stump (your choice for size)
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Polyurethane (high gloss, semi-gloss, satin … whichever you want) I used satin which has just a nice sheen
  • Paint brush
  • 1 package of 4, 6" Capita legs from Ikea (or similar)


  • Drill


Get your stump and allow it to dry out for at least a month. It will lose weight over this period and the bark will shrink away from the wood.

If you let your stump dry outside, as opposed to inside you'll still need to let it dry out inside for another couple of weeks to acclimatize it.

Once the stump has dried out remove the bark from it using a prybar and a hammer to chisel it away. Be careful not to gouge the wood stump.

If the bark is difficult to get off let it dry longer or carefully use a chisel with a hammer to remove it.

Sand your stump to get it smooth and then run over it with a tack cloth or damp cloth to remove any sawdust.

Flip the stump over so you're working on the underside of it and screw in the legs. Pre-drill your screw holes and make sure to measure so your legs are equal distances apart.

Stain and seal the table if desired.


If you want a very natural look to your stump, use a water based stain followed by Thompson's Water seal.

For optimal protection and a bit of a sheen on your stump use an oil based stain and a Polyurethane finish in satin.

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Unfinished stump table

This is pretty obvious, but if you'd rather make a more natural looking log side table, just skip adding stain and any finish to it.

For an even more organic look, leave the legs off of it.

To make one just find a log, let it dry out, then sand it smooth.

What types of wood can you use to make a stump table?

Wood from deciduous trees: Ash, black walnut, birch, cypress, cherry, elm, maple and oak are all good choices.

You should AVOID conifers. Those trees that have resin that are a sticky mess. Trees like cedar, fir, juniper, pine, redwood, spruce, yew, larch should not be used. (think of how sticky the bottom of a Christmas tree is after cutting it)

The only drawback to these tables? Everyone is going to want you to make them one. So you can either start a blog, get a following, contemplate quitting, keep at it, and then one day write a post about how to build a stump table that you can tell them about.

Or you can just skip all that and direct them to this post instead.

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Make a Tree Stump Side Table

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You guys, I just love this project from Brittany, and I am so honored that she would share it here in a guest post while I'm snuggling my sweet baby girl. Thanks Brittany! 

Hi, everyone! I’m really excited to be guest posting on Simply Designing today! My name is Brittany, and I blog about DIY, home, and garden at by Brittany Goldwyn. Today I am sharing a tutorial about how to make a tree stump side table!

This tree stump side table project had been a long time coming. It's an easy project when it comes down to it, but it took a lot of patience. That's because you have to wait for your stump to dry completely before you can start working on it, and that can be anywhere from weeks to months depending on when the tree was cut down and what conditions the stump has been sitting in. My process was even longer because my dad accidentally chucked my first stump that I had drying out at their house. He thought I had forgotten about it because it had been drying for so long! (It's okay dad, I forgive you.) So when my parents recently took down a tree in their backyard, I was all over finding the best stump from the pile to start my tree stump side table project again.

Here was my inspiration from West Elm...with a $249 price tag.

West Elm

Lovely, but $249? Nah. Not when you just bought a house! Take a look at my version:

Maybe I'm biased, but I actually like mine better! What do you think? I love how mine has a bit deeper of a color and a little bit more shine to it. So let's chat about what I used and how I did it!

Here's what you need to make a tree stump side table:

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  • Tree stump or pry bar
  • Flat tip screwdriver
  • Bleach and water
  • 220-grit sandpaper (assorted pack here)
  • Minwax Stain in Special Walnut
  • Minwax Polyurethane in Semigloss
And here's how to do it!

Step 1: Find a stump and peel off the bark. My parents had just taken down a tree in their backyard a few weeks before and kept it for firewood. We looked through the pile and picked the most even stump we could find.

Then I used a flat tip screwdriver to peel off the bark. This bark removal process was MUCH easier than what I had to go through when I made my DIY cat tree using real branches. I could not believe how easy this stump was!

(P.S., you can check out a detailed post I did on how to strip and finished tree branches for decor here!)

Step 2: Clean up your stump. Once I'd removed all of the bark, I had to clean it up. There was some mold growing on the stump due to some of the moisture it still had in it, so I wiped it down with a bleach and water mix at a 1:3 ratio to kill everything that was living on this bad boy. Here is pre-bleach:

Step 3: Once it's clean, it needs to dry! My stump still had quite a bit of drying to do, so we set it in my parents' basement right next to a dehumidifier to dry out for a few months. You don't need to use a dehumidifier, but it just helped to speed up the process.

You can still see some of the stains from where the mold was growing, but the mold itself is long gone. Once the stump dried out completely, it lost a few pounds, too. Here's my dry stump. You can see some of the staining on the side that I ended up making the bottom:

Step 4: Sand and stain your stump! Polish any rough spots using a 220-grit sandpaper. For the stain, you can keep it looking natural and use a light stain or go dark. I decided on something in the middle. Stain your stump just as you would any other piece of wood. (See my full post on how to stain and finish wood here!)

Step 5: Finish it off. To finish my stump, I gave it two generous coats of Minwax Polyurethane in Semigloss. Make sure to sand lightly in between the first and second coat.

And here it is, done!

This was an easy I said, it just took a lot of patience waiting for it to dry out! There was some heated discussion in our house about which end it should stand on...I love it this way, but my husband and friend both wanted it flipped. What do you think?


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Eco-style furniture is incredibly popular, but very expensive. In our master class, we will tell you in detail how to make a trendy table from a stump with your own hands for a minimum of funds

Nowadays, eco-style furniture and decor are becoming increasingly popular. Natural materials are used in the interiors of ultra-modern houses and apartments, but such decorative elements are very expensive.

For example, the cost of famous Ullat tables and cabinets from Bleu Nature in Moscow reaches up to $2,000. funds.

The first step is to find a suitable stump. It's not that hard to get it.

  • Ask the owners of country houses you know - they may have left whole parts of the tree for firewood.
  • There are many firewood companies, you can ask them
  • Finally, you can go to the nearest forest with a saw, select a well-preserved fallen tree and cut it.

If the stump is very fresh, you will have to wait until it dries. This may take a couple of months. Place the stump in a dry room, lifting it up with stands. If you are sure that your stump has been a green tree for a long time, you can skip this step. If the bark easily moves away from the trunk, the stump is ready for processing.

Carefully remove the bark from the stump using a chisel, pry bar or chisel.

Now we need to align our future table.

Brush off dust and debris from the floor and use a spirit level to find a level area. Then install the stump on this area and use the same level to check how even it is.

If the surface is curved, smooth it out with a plane - just grind off the protruding edge.

After this, the surface should be smoothed by removing the traces of the planer with a grinder or coarse-grained sandpaper.

After the cut is sufficiently even and smooth, put the barrel on its side and start sanding.

The easiest and fastest way is to use a disc sander, in extreme cases you can get by with a normal sandpaper, but it will take much more time and effort.

After processing the side surfaces, it is necessary to clean the cracks from dirt and dust.

It's great if your stump has an imperfect, interesting texture created by knots and cracks. Use a chisel or chisel to gently scrape away any remaining dirt from the stump without damaging the wood structure.

Fold up a piece of sandpaper and carefully sand the inside of the cracks. Then clean the cracks from dust and dust with a vacuum cleaner.

It's time to put the stump back on its feet!

In our example, these special furniture stands are used. You can use any other or, for example, furniture wheels.

There are two reasons to use such "legs":

1) it will protect your floor from scratches;

2) by lifting the stump off the ground, you create air circulation, which will not allow your table to rot.

Now our future table is ready for varnishing.

This example uses Minwax's Polycrylic. In Russia, such protective coatings are also called scuba diving. You can use any water-based varnish suitable for woodworking, and the color will depend on your preference: you can whiten your table or, conversely, paint it in a coffee shade. Our master heroes have chosen a natural transparent tone.

However, after applying the first coat, the surface still darkened a little.

After applying the first layer, let our stump dry for at least half an hour (the time depends on your varnish, pay attention to the label). After that, you need to go over the entire surface with fine-grained sandpaper (our heroes use grit 320).

Sanding is a very important part for the final result. Before this, it is necessary to carefully remove all dust so that subsequent layers lie more evenly.

For a good result, you must apply at least 4 coats of lacquer. It sounds laborious, but it is the first layer that takes the most time, after which things will go much faster. After the last layer, leave the stump to dry without sanding it.

Almost done! But pay attention to this brilliance.

It does not look very modern and is more suitable for the interior of a summer house. The final polishing will help to get rid of the shine and give our table a finished look. Our heroes use a soft abrasive fiber (NShM - non-woven grinding material). You can find a similar one at a hardware store, or you can use any other polishing material.

Our table is finally ready to be used for its intended purpose.

These are the tables you can get using white aqua varnish in several layers.

And of course, no one forbids painting the stump in the desired color after applying a primer or primer to get, for example, such an ultra-modern table.

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Growing crops with a long growing season through seedlings is a painstaking process that takes more than one month. And, you see, it is incredibly disappointing when the results of our labors perish in a matter of days. It is very difficult for seedlings grown on a windowsill to adjust and get used to a new habitat, although open ground conditions are much more natural for plants. Our task is to do everything possible so that their survival rate approaches 100%.

When there is a desire to plant and grow a small care garden, in which, if you work, then not “till you drop”, then you have to look for suitable ornamental plants. Naturally, these plants should not be demanding on soils, watering, resistant to diseases and pests. But, not only that, we also need them to be decorative as well! And if they also bloomed beautifully ... And what do you think? There are such plants. Today we’ll talk about one of them - holly mahonia.

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Common parsnip, or Field parsnip, or Sowing parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) in the wild is widely distributed in regions with a temperate climate (central Russia, the North Caucasus, Crimea, the Urals, Altai, etc.), but is still rare in garden plots . True, today the popularity of parsnips is growing quite actively. In animal husbandry and beekeeping, it is used as a fodder plant and honey plant, and in cooking - as a tasty and healthy vegetable.

Among the plants, one species of which seems to take us to the tropical forests filled with aroma, quisqualis is one of the most "atmospheric". This is a rare and valuable indoor and greenhouse liana. And although the plant has long been reclassified as a genus of combretums, it is very difficult not to recognize it. This climber is unusual in every way. Inflorescences remain a favorite feature of quisqualis, in which graceful flowers from snow-white rather quickly repaint into crimson-red.

Quick and very tasty cabbage and pork salad. A similar salad is prepared by Koreans, apparently our hostesses spied on this delicious recipe from them. Indeed, this is a very quick dish to prepare, and even without special culinary experience, it is easy to prepare. Choose lean pork, a shoulder blade, a sirloin will do. Salo is better to cut. You can simply chop early cabbage, and I advise you to chop the winter cabbage thinly, sprinkle with salt and grind it with your hands.

Everyone's favorite among the ornamental and deciduous perennials hosta captivates not only with the beauty of the leaves. It is durable and relatively undemanding, growing in the right place for many years, but it can hardly be called fast-growing. The hosta propagates easily, although you will have to be patient to get spectacular, highly decorative bushes. To independently increase the host collection, first of all, you need to remember the features of this culture.

Dill spreads well by self-sowing, so many summer residents do not consider it necessary to sow this crop every year on the site. But at the same time, everyone understands that dill and dill are different. And the greens of carefully grown dill in the garden in their taste and aroma, as a rule, are superior to the greens of dill, which grows on its own. In this article, we will tell you how to have green dill in the beds in sufficient quantities from early spring to late autumn.

Stir fry with beef, soy noodles, vegetables and Iceberg lettuce - a quick dinner or lunch recipe for a busy person. It takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare it, and you can feed it to a couple of hungry mouths, which cannot bear to wait for a sophisticated dinner. Stir fry is a way of quickly frying vegetables and meat, which came to us from the east. Don't be upset if a wok is not among your kitchen utensils. A regular non-stick frying pan with a thick bottom will also work.

Among plants that can boast of variegated foliage, alpinia claims to be not only the rarest, but also the most original culture. It simultaneously reminds of bamboos and arrowroot calatheas, and sometimes even vriesias. True, it looks like the latter only with its inflorescences. Luxurious leaves, most often covered with variegated contrasting stripes, look so modern that the beauty of their flawless patterns and brilliance is impossible not to admire.

Vegetarian savoy cabbage rolls with mushrooms - steamed cabbage rolls for diet, vegetarian and lenten menus. Cabbage rolls are unusually tasty, very appetizing, and, if applicable to food, beautiful, unlike their counterparts from white cabbage, stewed in a brazier or fried in a pan. Savoy cabbage is tastier than white cabbage, the head is loose, it is easier to disassemble into individual leaves. The color of the leaves is from pale green to emerald green.

In winter, every summer resident is looking forward to spring and is happy to open the season with the first sowing of flower and vegetable crops for seedlings. But, unfortunately, the place on the windowsill is limited, and it is not always possible to place the required number of seedlings in cups in the apartment. In addition, some of the crops may simply not sprout, something will die ... And for us, summer residents, no matter how much you plant, it’s not enough! Therefore, at least some seedlings, but almost every gardener buys.

Growing annuals in the garden has at least two advantages over growing perennials. First, most popular annuals bloom profusely throughout their growing season. Secondly, many letniki are freely sown and appear in the garden year after year with minimal participation from the grower. Which letniki can be planted only once, and then, following simple tricks, meet them in the garden every season?

Are you the owner of the most beautiful garden, decorated according to all the rules of landscape design?

But suddenly they ran into a problem: they had to cut down a dried or diseased tree. What to do with the remaining stump, which spoils the view of the site so much?

Our advice: Show your imagination, make a little effort and turn an old stump into a bright and noticeable garden detail!

How can you decorate and how to use the remaining stump?

  • as a flower bed or flower stand
  • "fabulous" (forest) decor for the garden
  • as garden furniture
  • art object with decorative painting or mosaic
  • natural style with moss
  • garden lamp
  • climbing support
  • paths and paths
  • grow mushrooms

Flower bed

What could be more beautiful than a bright blooming flower bed in the garden? The stump left from the tree will be an interesting solution in the design of the flower garden.

To do this, make a recess 10-20 cm in the central part of the stump (leaving the sides about 8 cm). Drainage should be placed at the bottom of the recess (fine gravel is possible). Fill the hole with the required planting mix.

Choose plants that match the style of your garden. It can be both flowering and herbaceous species.

Petunia, nasturtium, ornamental strawberries and other climbing plants are a great option for such a flower bed. Young or fern will look stylish.

Wildflowers are suitable for the "wild garden" - these are cornflowers, tagates (marigolds), phloxes. If there is a desire to close the entire stump, you can plant plants around it. Such a flower bed will not go unnoticed.

Fairy tale style

You can fantasize and experiment in a fabulous design, especially if the stump is located near the playground. You can make windows and doors, attach a ladder and a roof, put figures of gnomes, butterflies, lizards, birds nearby - whatever your heart desires. It will turn out such a small magical house-island that pleases both the kids and you.

You can also place a house or a bird feeder on a stump, build a mini-lake by filling the hole with water and planting moisture-loving plants.

You can also use the stump as a stand for potted plants.

Wood is a natural material that tends to deteriorate over time. Therefore, for any use of the stump, pre-treat it to protect it from destruction using special tools, paint or varnish.

Garden decor and sculpture

A single composition of stumps and various snags and branches left from the tree will look interesting and original.

Stump can serve as an excellent material for lovers of woodcarving. You can make amazing crafts: mushrooms, figurines of animals, fairy-tale characters or a garden scarecrow. There are many options for using an old stump. All of them are original and easy to perform. Imagine, come up with something of your own, and such a problem as a cut down tree will turn out to be not a problem at all, but a work of art.

Mossy stump. If the stump is in a dark and damp place, you can decorate it "antique" with moss. Moss can be cut in the forest or planting and "grow" it on your stump. To make the moss take root, pour a cup of buttermilk over it. For intensive growth of moss, it should be moistened from time to time.

Climbing plants can be planted next to such a composition. This option is suitable for natural style. And, it is quite possible that your pet will like it very much!

Decorative painting and mosaic

Try yourself as a decorator and paint a tree stump with simple ornaments. Such a masterpiece will look interesting on its own or can be used as garden furniture.

These can be stools or armchairs with backs, planters or mini tables for fruit and drinks. You can also attach a tabletop of any shape to a small stump, decorating it all, for example, with mosaics or paintings. The dining table is ready. Simple but tasteful. And most importantly, natural environmentally friendly materials

The stump can serve as an excellent platform for intellectual games. Draw multi-colored cells on the surface of the log house and in your free time you can play a game of checkers.

An interesting and rather unusual trend - the use of wood stumps in interior design, appeared just a couple of years ago. She was rapidly gaining momentum, and today stumps are no longer just a current trend, but a sign of style and taste.

Today, stumps are incredibly popular, and at the same time inexpensive and environmentally friendly material.

Stumps are often used as furniture for the home, it not only helps to update the space, but also awakens thoughts about our place in nature. As a rule, the result exceeds all expectations and turns out to be inexpensive, beautiful and unique.

Wood coffee table

DIY stump table

Especially often - in interiors, stumps are used as a table, bedside and coffee tables, as well as bathroom furniture.

Natural stump. The easiest way to use a stump in its original form as a table is to sand it a little to avoid getting a splinter.

Painted stump

Stump painted with gold paint (from a can)

The stump looks great in its natural form, but you can give it even more originality by painting it in any color, applying patterns with a brush or using a stencil.


If the stump is treated with a water-repellent impregnation, then it will also be suitable for the bathroom

Bathroom stump will become a very original decoration. It can be used as a table by the bathroom by placing bath accessories on it, or candles when you want to arrange an evening of relaxation.

Table with glass

The simplest use of a tree stump is to make a coffee table out of it. A glass top can be fitted on top for a more elegant look. The stump can also be put on legs or wheels, resulting in a very convenient mobile table.

An ordinary stump will look great as a bedside table. You can decorate it at your discretion.

Table with glass

Table on wheels

Stumps as chairs

Stumps make excellent stools. Small pillows can be placed on top of them to make it softer to sit. Hemp can also be used as decorative chairs, which will be a great addition to the interior. Having a backrest will make the stump chair even more comfortable.

If you contact the workshop, you can make an original author's chair or bench.

How to process interior stump

To create a table or cabinet, you need to find a suitable stump and process it correctly. The bark can be removed with a chisel, or left on.

Cut to size

Remove the bark from the stump

Sections of the stump should be sanded with a sandpaper and then cleaned of dust. Treat with a primer layer and open the stump with several layers of wood varnish.

Sand the stump with sandpaper

Apply water repellant

If the future table is intended for the bathroom, it is necessary to apply a water-repellent impregnation.

Other methods of using stumps in the interior

Small stumps can be used as a flower stand, so the home greenhouse will look very aesthetically pleasing.

Rotten flower stump


Birch stump pot

Stump vases will be a great addition to any interior. Moreover, the bark of the tree can be left for a more natural, natural appearance.

Stumps can even be used as unusual lighting fixtures. Inside the stump you need to place LED lamps that emit a warm light.

You can decorate the wall with cuts by sawing stumps into many rings. You can decorate the entire wall with cuts, or a fragment of it, as a result you get a unique panel. To do this, the saw cuts are simply attached to a clean, flat surface, on wood glue.

The perfect living room solution

Wood cut wall decor

A mirror cut with a cutter can be glued onto smooth layers of wood, and thus an original mirror can be obtained.

Most often, summer residents begin to think about how to decorate a stump in the garden with their own hands after trying to clear the site of unnecessary trees. Ugly tree stumps and stumps may remain on the site, which will need to be disposed of.

A flower bed made from an old stump can become a key decorative element in the landscape design of a country house.

Usually getting rid of stumps is done by uprooting them from the ground. If there is no need for a flat area, sometimes it is decided not to remove the remains of trees, but to turn them into decor items. Particularly interesting can be elements made in kindergarten in the form of fairy-tale characters and other funny gizmos.

Use for decorating hemp flower pots

Decorating saw cuts with original figurines, purchased or homemade.

Not only in front gardens and flowerbeds you can grow flowers - both vertical ridges and pots are suitable for this.

Try decorating an ugly stump that you really don't want to remove from the yard with potted flowering plants. Put a suitable size pot on the cut, set a few pieces around.

If the stump is very clumsy, with twists, bends, it is possible that in some of them it will also be possible to strengthen containers with plants.

Potted flowers may be already planted or re-planted.

The stump is additionally decorated with moss, it's nice to add a fairy-tale theme to it - bright large flowers, perhaps even artificial ones, fern, place animal figures next to it. This will help turn a relatively small space into a fairytale forest.

Decoration with ready-made jewelry

Gardens and suburban areas, lawns and even kitchen gardens are beautifully decorated with products purchased from the store, specially designed for this purpose. Products can be funny, bright and can be used to decorate stumps in an interesting and beautiful way.

To transform a stump into a fly agaric, it is enough to take an old basin, paint it with paint in the appropriate colors and put it on the stump.

If when cutting down a stump you get a large area, you can put a garden figurine on it - a frog, a hare, a cat. Paint the stump itself in any suitable color. You can make complementary decorations with your own hands - these can be flowers from caps from plastic bottles and jars nailed to a tree, or just a mosaic of multi-colored caps.

A classic option for transforming an old stump into something more beautiful or useful is to make a fungus out of it. It can be a fly agaric, a boletus, or just a blue-white-yellow miracle that will look beautiful in the middle of the site. If there are several stumps, it is easy to arrange a whole mushroom clearing.

This decor will require preliminary preparation. Pick up a few dilapidated basins - they can be full of holes, it's not scary. The basin will play the role of a mushroom cap, the stump will become a leg.

Turn the pelvis onto a saw cut, fix it on nails, paint it in the color that seems most suitable for you. Color the stump-leg. The mushroom can be left in this form, those who wish can add decorating elements, fresh flowers.

Decorating a sawn tree with DIY figures

Even if a person does not know how to handle tools, he can decorate an unnecessary stump using figures made by himself or purchased in a store. A wooden snag looks funny, on which lumberjacks made of tin are planted. Give them a tin saw in their hands and place it so that it is convenient to examine them. In the right places, you can fix the lumberjacks using nails, self-tapping screws, or simply fasten them with wire.

How to turn stumps in a summer cottage into chairs?

If you are good at using tools, try turning the stump-decorated area into a rest area. It is not difficult to convert stumps into comfortable chairs for sitting and relaxing in them, and it is not at all difficult to set up a table nearby.

If the old stump is large enough, it can make a whole chair with a back and armrests.

An old tree stump is a great garden seat, thicker ones work best. Ideally, you need to plan a chair even when the tree is just about to be cut down. Branches are removed - thinner upper ones, then thick lower ones. When you finally free the trunk from the branches, you need to work on the size of the future thing.

For a standard seat, a height of 40-60 cm is suitable. At the same time, do not forget that the chairs must have backs (if you are making a chair, and not a stool, for example). It is better to take the following dimensions: make the first cut with a chainsaw at the level of half a meter from the ground, the second - at the level of one hundred centimeters. This will be the seat and back.

Then make a cut in the trunk with a chainsaw at the height indicated for the seat. The depth of the notch should be approximately two-thirds of the thickness of the trunk. It is performed horizontally on the side in which the chair will be turned.

Next, a vertical cut is made that reaches the horizontal. This is done in order to remove excess wood from the place where the seat is formed. All work must be carried out with preliminary marking, observing safety precautions.

It turns out a rough version of the chair, which is subject to further finishing. Tools such as a mallet and a chisel, a hacksaw, a hammer, a grinder are useful for it, sometimes more professional devices are required. After finishing, you will get beautiful furniture for giving from the most natural materials. In order for a self-made chair to last for a long time, it is additionally treated with special chemicals.

Castles and stump houses

An old stump can be used as the basis for a fairy-tale decoration: a windmill, a dwarf's house or a sorcerer's castle.

From a stub that has not been uprooted, you can build a whole fairy-tale castle that will decorate and enliven your estate. Special works are not needed here - it's all a matter of fantasy. First, on a piece of paper, draw a structure that you would like to receive at the end of the work. The next steps will depend on the completed sketch.

It is easiest to work according to the following principle: the stump itself will serve as the skeleton of the product, to which decorative elements will be attached.

For example, from pieces of fiberboard or plywood sawn along the desired line, the base of the castle is formed, which is attached directly to the stump using self-tapping screws. Details must be impregnated with varnish - to protect against decay or painted in the desired color. In the same way, other parts of the structure can be strengthened on the basis.

If there are natural holes, hollows on the stump, the stairs attached to them look funny. On horizontal platforms you can place toy animals, furniture from children's sets.

An old bucket is also suitable for roofing - it can be painted in a bright color, and if there is a hole, live or artificial flowers are released through it.

"Flowering" stump on your site

Compositions of natural flowers and natural materials look wonderful - if you decorate an ugly stump with flowering plants, it always looks beautiful and does not go out of fashion. Plants can be herbaceous, annual flowers look good, in a pinch there is a large selection of ornamental plants in stores.

To start decorating, make a hole in the saw cut of the stump. Its dimensions must be chosen depending on the agrotechnical characteristics of the plant - the root system should feel as comfortable as possible in such a hole. The hole can be the size of a standard flower pot.

A nutrient substrate or soil with the addition of fertilizers is poured into the prepared bed for the root system. After that, the plant is planted. If desired, the stump can be additionally decorated by arranging a fence around it or by attaching windows made of branches painted in bright colors to it.

Wonderful garden figures are obtained from the stump. Come up with an image first - it can even be a cartoon character if you can embody it with a few details. They should be as simple as possible. For example, a stump decorated with flowers growing at the top can be further decorated. Flowers and grass act as hair on the head, at the bottom you can attach eyes from jar lids, a mouth and nose from improvised materials, and you get a cheerful face of a garden elf.

Dress a tall, clumsy stump in an old shirt, put a bucket or hat on your “head”, make eyes and a mouth - you will get a scarecrow or a pretty watchman of your lands.

By creating such figures, you will not only have a pleasant and useful time in the country, but you will also be able to properly use seemingly unnecessary things.

Instead of throwing old clothes and utensils in the landfill, think about how you can use them to decorate your garden items.

Vatutina Natalia

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