A Couple Of Stumps

I’m sure you may have spied them in some of my previous posts, and if you’ve hung with me long enough you have heard me rant and rave over wanting them…so I thought I’d share how I FINALLY got them:)


So, here’s the picture that I originally saw that put the idea in my noggin….

and her site  actually had a really good tutorial on how to make them.

As I was looking around a little more I found a few more fun ideas…

tree stump end tables cute- but loving the chair cushion! so awesome!So, now that I knew what I wanted, I had to figure out how to come across some stumps!  If you remember correctly my hubby surprised me one night by bringing home a couple of stumps he found at his friends house.  I”m sure his friend raised his eyebrows at the request and said sure….

Although it was a good attempt, they were just too small:(

So imagine my giddyness when my dear friend Leah said, “I think I saw the heavens open up and angels sing when I saw these stumps for you.”  and then she sent me this text…


That one in the middle, and his match was just a bit away.  They were perfect in size!!  I was so excited!!  Let the work begin…

These stumps had been sitting in her fathers burn pile (shocking I know!) for over a year.  So they were nice and dry.  If you want to attempt this, I have heard you should let them dry for a month and then bring them inside somewhere to dry for at least another month.  I myself just started getting straight to work on it:)

I brought in the troops!


Tate was in love.  I used a wedge and a hammer to chip off the bark, and it seriously came off in about 30 minu

tes for both stumps.


Since the logs were so dry it definitely helped, if you use fresh logs you may need to use a bit more elbow grease.

Here’s how the stump looked after we got all of the bark off.


And look what we found…some little critters living inside.  Ahhh!! So, I googled how to get ants out and most information said to use sprays and things I didn’t have.  I did find out that if you could get the stump away from the ground and away from water that was better, because ants need water to live.  So, I set these stumps in our shed for a week before I started attacking them.

I think most of the ants came out before, but as soon as I pulled out the power sander and smoothed out the wood, I think I scared the rest of them out.

After I finished sanding it down, I applied my stain.  I chose dark walnut, which went on super dark since a lot of the wood was soft from sitting so long.  Having known that I may have went a little bit lighter, or tried it in a little spot before I started gobbing it on…but I didn’t.  Cause that’s how I do stuff:)  When the stain was dry I applied 3 coat of polyuerthane on the sides and about 6 on the top and bottom to seal them good.

So, here’s how they turned out….


                                                                                           I like that they are both a little unique



                                        and I must warn you, you may have to use felt pads to make sure everything stand straight…

unless you have                serious talent with the chain saw.



                                                     a couple of close-ups (and me loving my new lens:)



                                                                       I like a bit of the dark contrast…


                       and I’m still considering putting casters on the bottom of them to raise them up a bit.


                                                                                     but for now they’ll stay….


                                                                  and we haven’t even found one ant yet:)


fingers crossed!

So, two stumps table cost me about $15 worth of stain and poly, not too bad huh?


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11 thoughts on “A Couple Of Stumps”

  1. Hi Allie
    I found your site this morning (googled ‘distressed furniture’) and I can’t believe the first post I read is on stumps! I live in the Scottish Highlands so we have forests (and stumps) everywhere. I burn wood from the forest on my woodburner, so my fireplace is swamped by carefully arranged bits of tree,, drying out. A recent visitor was so impressed with my ‘fireplace feature’ that he asked me to send a photo for his wife to see. I tried to point out that it’s not a rustic design feature, it’s actual rustic living…
    Anyway, I have two beautiful stumps in my garden, one of which I use as a chopping block, but I’ve never thought of bringing the other one inside (Kicking myself for not having that idea!). So thank you so much for the inspiration. From my first brief look around your site I’m sure I’ll be getting plenty more ideas from you too. Now I’m off to inspect that stump….. :-)

  2. Allie – I think you need to come in and gut my house and start from scratch…. love all of your decorating posts!

  3. Rebecca Warpula

    Allie, my house needs you!!! or wait, maybe it would give you a “lack of design and cool ideas” heart attach.. Better stay away!
    Love you!

  4. This is do cool!! I love the contrast of the dark stain and white furniture. You did an awesome job. ;)

    Oh, and I think any ants left are now forever entombed inside the stumps because of the many coats of poly. ;)-

  5. Okay … not to stir the pot or anything, but … I did see some antlers in one “source” picture you posted. Does that mean Ryan might get to bring his caribou (or whatever it is) back inside????? It would go well with the stumps!!! :)

    1. Oh Renee..love you and how you look out for Ry:) Some elk antlers may already be hanging up in our house:) That may have to be another post!

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