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Tree Table

Tree stumps, used individually or clustered together, function as low tables in a living room. A coat of enamel paint applied to the tops serves a dual purpose: It adds a jolt of color and creates a smooth, sealed surface. Furniture gliders can be attached to protect the floor.




  • Electric sander
  • Tree stump
  • Sandpaper in extra-fine, fine, medium, and coarse grades
  • Wood filler
  • 2 paintbrushes, 1 for primer and 1 for paint
  • Wood primer
  • Enamel paint
  • Hammer
  • 3 to 4 furniture gliders


  1. Step 1


    Using the electric sander, prepare the surface of the stump. Sand, changing from coarse to medium to fine paper, until the top is smooth.

  2. Step 2

    If there are holes on the surface, use wood filler to conceal them. Let dry, and then rub the surface lightly by hand with fine sandpaper.

  3. Step 3

    With a paintbrush, apply wood primer to top surface, painting from the outside edges inward to keep primer from dripping down sides. Let dry, then sand lightly by hand with extra-fine paper.

  4. Step 4


    With other brush, apply enamel paint to top, again painting from the outside toward center. Let dry 2 to 3 days. 

  5. Step 5

    Sand lightly by hand with fine paper. Apply another light coat of enamel. Let dry for at least 2 days.

  6. Step 6

    To create feet, hammer furniture gliders into base.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2008



Reviews (2)

  • HotCookie 6 Sep, 2012

    Do you need to seal the bark?

  • achemma 25 Feb, 2012

    This would be adorable, if you dare, with the entire thing coated in paint! A bright and bold red or orange, or even a metallic silver would be awesome.