Hey there, friends! I haven’t talked decorating in awhile (except for my fall updates, but that’s a bit different, since it’s temporary) because I’m actually in a bit of a transition after selling a lot of my furniture in our big garage sale. I’m using the money from that to buy things I truly love – but you know what? Since I don’t want to settle, I’m finding it’s taking awhile to find just what I want. And so, we’ve got a lot of empty space we’re living with. Which is why I’m loving my latest decorating find: a wood stump from our wood pile used as a side table! ‘Cause it was free, it’s fun and I didn’t have to sweat over it like I do when parting with my hard-earned cash.
Have you jumped on the wood-log decorating trend yet? I’ve wanted a stump side table since I saw the Nester with one (yes, it took me awhile…) and when I realized we had a large pile of beautiful Madrone logs in our wood pile, it was only a matter of time before I found one that would make a great side table.
I looked for the longest cut piece we had that had a flat top and bottom. This wood had been sitting for about a year, so it was dry and the tree’s naturally thin bark was almost off in most places, revealing the wonderfully mottled interior. I simply took a metal putty knife to the outside of the log I found and ran it down the sides to remove the remaining bark. It’s naturally smooth, so I didn’t do anything else to the outside of the stump.
To protect the floor from the cut wood on the bottom, I cut a piece of felt I had slightly smaller than the diameter and hot glued it to the stump. Voila! One of the easiest DIY’s ever.
Yes, people have questioned why I have a stump next to the chair since I put it in the living room, but I really like the earthy vibe it brings to the room. It’s a natural element that grounds the other furniture. I have plans to finally redo my Craigslist French chairs and I’m really looking forward to seeing the juxtaposition of the wood stump next to the curvy French chair. And there’s going to be more changes on the way as I bring a more ‘industrial cottage’ look to AOC.
So, are you bringing any wood into your decor, too?