After dropping all our money on getting married, a trans-Atlantic move, a green card and all that unexpected stuff that you need for a new apartment, we are pretty much done spending for a while.
Low on cash, we have been thrifty finding a cool dinner table behind the chicken coop, we revamped a kitchen cart for pots and pans from a surplus store, and I designed my own Pendleton pillow with the help of my friend Gale and her sewing machine.
I really like how these little bursts of inspiration have personalized the look of our apartment, and in order to keep going in that direction I have decided to take our creativity into the bedroom and make tree stump bedside tables. After all, in the city of lumber, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a stump or two. After looking around for some advice on how to go about this, I found that the lovely miss Karen of The Art Of Doing Stuff has a full stump table tutorial on her blog, which I am reposting in my own words (a bit shorter) below for your convenience.
Will let you know how my stumps come out when they are done!
- Tree stump
- Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
- Wood stain (optional)
- Polyurethane (high gloss, semi-gloss, satin … whichever you want)
- Paint brush
- 1 package of 4 Capita Legs, (I want my stump legless, so I'm skipping this).
- Drill and appropriate bits
- Pry bar or wood chisel
|1. Get stump in size and wood you like. Drag it home and let it dry for about a month (or longer, if you're lazy) for the bark to loosen, which will make step 2 easier.|
|Step 2. Remove the bark. |
This part sucks as, depending on the wood, it can be quite difficult.
|Step 3. You now have a barkless stump. |
You now sand it down to get rid of all the hair and slivers.
|Step 4. Your stump is now completely smooth. |
Wipe it off with a damp, lint free cloth to remove all the wood dust.
|Step 5. If you want legs on your stump (which I don't, but I'll include this step for completeness sake anyway), flip it over and place your legs on the underside of your stump. 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, and drill holes at the spots you marked for the screws. Once all your holes are pre-drilled, place your legs and brackets back on and screw them into place.|
|Congratulations, you have now made your own, home made tree stump table!|