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Tree Stump Furniture: I’m Obsessed!

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I’m not sure why, but I have developed a massive crush with tree stump furniture. By “furniture,” I mean side tables or stools. I love the natural textures and the casual look of them. Plus, they are versatile and can be easily moved around to different rooms. I’ve been collecting images in a Pinterest board and here are some of my favourites:

Reclaimed wood side table

Reclaimed wood timber coffeetable/stool/seat by Real Wood Works: $201.61

Dipped tree stump side table

Proverbs 31 Girl created this piece herself. I love the dipped look!

Tree stump side table from West Elm

This image from West Elm is exactly how I’d like to use them. Two tables. Easily moved around. $217.16 each.

Knowing my little obsession, Hubby came across some large tree branches and brought them home. When I saw them in the garage, I was so excited! But he cautioned me not to get too anxious because this wood needed to dry out first.

That was more than a year ago. I had no idea about this “drying out” business. I thought I could just have a branch chainsawed up and *voila* – perfect new tree stump furniture! Needless to say, I am not thrilled with all this waiting around.

But remember how my birthday wasn’t too long ago? Well … guess what I got?! Yep, my new tree stump furniture!

tree stump - side table - on coffee with julie

Both Hubby and I really love the cracks that came along during the drying process. They add so much character!

Side table with wenge and popular wood

The original tree stump is poplar tree, while the darker more polished piece on the top is wenge. If this wenge wood sounds familiar, you might remember it from our master bedroom bed and side tables … it’s left over from those.

sliders on bottom of side table

Hubby added sliders on the bottom of both side tables so that we could easily push them around without scratching the floors. I was really surprised how heavy these tables turned out to be! I can barely lift one, so this little extra is very handy.

two stump tables

Hubby still can’t believe that people actually want tree stumps in their living rooms. But I am just as in love with them as ever! What do you think about the tree stump furniture trend?

P.S. Yes, it’s true! I am doing a giveaway for straight cash. It’s open to anyone in the world. 185 smackeroos could be yours! Enter here. (Closes on Nov 18/13.) 

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  1. Those are gorgeous. Flat out gorgeous. I am officially jonesing for one of my own!

    Pinned!

  2. I LOVE tree stump furniture! We saved a lot of stumps this summer for future projects! I can’t wait to get started! LOVE what you created!

  3. Love it! We’re in the process (I say process due to the drying time) of making a tree stump table from old birch tree branches. I love these tables!

  4. I love these! Thankfully our in laws live in the forest and we got out materials for free! I love the top on yours.

  5. I love them. Love love love them.
    We’ve used them as side tables on the patio for the last two or three summers, but now they’re coming inside to dry!

    I’m going to be handing this post to DH and saying, “Do it, please.” : D

  6. Oh my goodness, these are flat out amazing. Totally wish my husband could make something like that. Beautiful beautiful.

  7. They’re gorgeous.

  8. Love them sooooo much!!

  9. They are awesome, love how they turned out and your darker wood tops makes them extra awesome. I too love the trend and made some for my house- http://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2012/tree-stump-end-tables/

  10. I have a feeling there will be quite few husbands quietly cursing your talented husband, as we all go to them begging for a table like this!

    gorgeous :)

  11. I shared all these nice comments with Hubby last night. He was so flattered!

  12. I am also obsessed with tree trunk furniture! I have a special hankering for side tables :)

  13. Those are just beautiful!

  14. These are fabulous – I actually like your square ones even better than the inspiration shots! Is your hubby taking orders? :)

  15. I say YAY! Especially when paired with really modern furniture. I love the warmth of wood; every room should have at least a little

  16. I love them! I am scouring the net looking for local stores to purchase them at….but am now considering making them my next project.

  17. Hi, would love you to mention my Tree Trunk Table work (if you like it) on your site…Thanks
    Nicole

  18. reminds me of the serenity stumps that I saw in an Ottawa magazine:

    http://pureserenityinteriors.com/furniture-eco-friendly-stumps.php

    and they are naturally fallen also and you can choose the type of wood!

    kudos for such a great diy!

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  20. Love reading all your posts!
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    We also sell live edge cutting boards & butchers blocks! Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Hickory,Olive Wood
    Bring the outdoors in!!!
    ps. thanks Katherine for mentioning us!!

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