DIY Tree Stump Side Table

DIY Tree Stump Side Table

I’ve been wanting to make this tree stump side table for years but needed to find the right tree stump. Last summer, I was still living in my old house where there was a backyard filled with large beautiful trees. Sadly, the landlord had to cut them all down as they were causing issues with the house foundation and one had gotten infested with bugs causing it to rot. I had lived a decade in that house and had spent many hours in the backyard; it was a little escape for me. All of this also happened right at the time my marriage fell apart, to me it was very symbolic. In honor of that decade, I kept the stump and have finally turned it into a side table, which I now use on my balcony.


  1. Tree stump
  2. Hammer
  3. Chisel
  4. Sandpaper
  5. White paint
  6. Paintbrush & cloth
  7. Varathane (I used clear satin finish)
  8. Nylon glides (or felt furniture pads)

Bark Removal:

Once you find your tree stump, you do need to let it dry out for a while, I let mine sit for about 4 months. This makes the removal of the bark easier. After you’ve let it dry, remove the bark using a chisel and hammer. If it dried enough the bark will peel right off. Next, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges and then wipe it clean with a damp sponge.

Paint + Sealant:

Once you’ve de-barked the stump, it’s now ready to paint and seal. I love the whitewash look, so I painted the stump white using a wide paintbrush and cloth. I did a couple of coats, letting it dry properly between coats. Then I sealed it using 4 coats of Varathane. Make sure to let it dry completely between coats.

Last Step:

The last step is to add feet. You can use felt furniture pads if you’re using the table indoor, I used nylon glides since I’m using it outside. This helps lift the stump off the floor, even just a little, to prevent mold or damage to your floors.

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Author: Ange-line

Ange-line Tetrault is a housewares & lifestyle designer. Haus Alchemist is a lifestyle blog where she shares her love of design and wellbeing to help you alchemize your life and unlock the magic within.

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