Maybe it started with "The Giving Tree"...

"I don't need very much now, " said the boy, 
"just a quiet place to site and rest.
I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, 
straightening herself up
as much as she could, 
"well, an old stump is good
for sitting and resting."
Come, Boy, sit down. 
Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.

Or maybe it is our desire to bring a bit of nature into our homes...

But either way, I am loving tree stumps. You can use them as furniture, decor, even in the kitchen!

Tree Stump Coffee Tables

Tree Stump Side Tables

Tree Stump Chairs

Tree Stump Platters/Pedestals
Source: etsy.com via Samantha on Pinterest

Tree Stump Dining Tables

So how does one get a stump? Well 'rev' up your chainsaw and head to the forest! Or according to "The Art of Doing Stuff" seek out someone who sells firewood. And then, request a stump. 

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Next, allow your stump to dry out for at least one month. 

Photo by the Art of Doing Stuff Here

Now it's time to remove the bark. Seems oak bark is easier to remove than walnut, but either way, be prepared to use a prybar and a hammer. 

Photo by the Art of Doing Stuff- Here

Then sand down your stump so it is smooth to the touch. 

Photo by The Art of Doing Stuff-Here

 Finally apply the stain. 

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You can also add these cool legs- from Ikea. 

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And there you have it- a tree stump table. Beautiful. Straight from the outdoors into your home. 

For more details check out these great tutorials:

Do you have any stumps in your home?

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