Project

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.

Tree Table

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

materials

  • 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

steps

  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.

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

     

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

  6. To create feet, hammer furniture gliders into base.

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