Tree stump ideas abound – and for good reason. Tree stumps bring in a rustic, natural flair to a home and can mixed with any style decor. I’ve even seen them mixed into the most frilly, feminine spaces for a little grit-and-glam action. And why not? They’re relatively easy to find and they’re FREE.
Finding a Tree Stump
Before my parents moved from my childhood home, the birch tree that had stood outside my brother’s window for all our growing up years died and had to be taken down. As a family who doesn’t like to see anything go to waste, my Dad cut up most of the tree into manageable pieces for my Mom and I to use.
It is generally recommended that you don’t bring fresh-cut wood into your home. I’m sure there are very specific reasons behind this, but I’m guessing it basically has to do with the fact that the wood needs to dry out some. And also the fact you don’t want to be bringing in all kinds of little bugs into your home. 😉
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Tree Stump Side Table How-To
I have a few of these birch tree stump side tables. I love using them on my porches and throughout my home. Some I left “as is” and just set them wherever I want. (Be sure to put felt or rubber feet on the bottoms so any remaining moisture from the wood won’t damage flooring).
However, my favorite tree stump side table is the one we attached casters to. We purchased some heavy-duty casters with rubber wheels and attached them with a drill to the underside of one of our stumps. Easy Peasy.
Note: you definitely want to use casters with rubber wheels. Otherwise the weight of the tree stump will do major damage to your floors. *They weigh a ton*. Also, you’ll want to use four casters. We only did three and the tree stump is a little tippy. Yes, I tell you this in my typical “what NOT to do” fashion – like my kitchen cabinets. Bless.
Maybe you’re thinking “Cute idea, but I’m not really a DIYer” – no worries. If you don’t want to DIY this project, Amazon has some really great tree stump side tables! Check these out…
Tree Stump Side Table in Your Home
Now that you’ve got your “au naturel” tree stump side table ready to roll (pun intended), it’s ready to grace your home anywhere you see fit. I’ve got a couple on my front porch, in my dining room and in my living room. Here it is next to my drop cloth covered chair I did a while ago.
A tree stump side table is a great accent piece and will make for a fun conversation starter. It can simply hold a good book and a coffee mug or you can create a seasonal vignette. I had so much fun playing with all my Fall goodies…(and this chippy farmhouse chair I painted is still one of my favorites).
Since Fall is my absolute favorite, I’ve currently got my tree stump side table holding antlers, leaves, berries and surrounded with all manner of Autumnal goodness. 😉
I hope this simple little project will make you rethink the next pile of tree stumps that you see. Happy decorating – and don’t forget to pin for later!
I’ve worked with some of my favorite bloggy friends and we’ve come together to give you a Fall-themed “Trash to Treasure” blog hop. So fun!
There are some really fun ideas here and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to hop around and check out what these amazing bloggers have come up with…maybe you’ll find your next Fall project!