After seeing the beautiful wood tables in Liz & Joe's House Tour and then thelog handrail post this morning, I'm feeling very woodsy! So, naturally (see what I did there?) I love the idea of turning old stumps into function furniture.
Alicia wrote about turning old stumps into rustic but modern tables on her blog, Thrifty and Chic, and now I am totally on the hunt for dried tree stumps! As Alicia warns in her post, it's very important to use dry stumps for this project. If there's any moisture in the wood you run the chance of encountering bugs and the paint may get mildew-y and gross.
Once Alicia found her seasoned tree stumps, she sanded them smooth before priming them. You could use either a spray primer or brush on primer. After the primer dried, Alicia gave the stumps a couple of coats of paint, followed by a coat of Polycrylic. After allowing for plenty of drying time, Alicia arranged the new stump tables in her living room as modern/natural coffee tables.
For a more natural look, you could skip the paint and apply the Polycrylic, or any other sealant, directly on the sanded tree stump.
Check out Alicia's full post on the project on her blog: Thrifty and Chic: Tree Stump Coffee Table.
Images: Thrifty and Chic