Tree Stump End Tables

DIY Tree Stump End Table: what wood to choose for tree stump end tables that will keep its bark, and not fall off as it dries, and how to paint them.
DIY Tree Stump End Table:  what wood to choose for tree stump end tables that will keep its bark, and not fall off as it dries, and how to paint them.

I’ve been wanting some tree stump end tables for ages. My problem has been that I live near the city, and don’t have access to things like trees and chainsaws anymore. There is a little place near my house though that sells firewood. One day I stopped in to see if they had any good stumps, and how much they’d be. I struck gold.


  • honey locust hardwood tree stumps
  • sand paper
  • primer that blocks heavy stains
  • gloss white paint
  • white felt 
  • wood glue

How To Make Tree Stump End Tables

The guy who ran the place where I bought the wood was interested in my project, and when I told him I wanted the bark to stay on to add texture, he suggested some honey locust hard wood he had.  He said that honey locust was the only wood he knew of that kept its bark even after it’s dry.  Update:  after eight years the bark is still attached and looks great!

I went in for one stump, but the only thing better than one great stump is, of course, two. So I went for it and got two. He cut one to make it a little shorter for me, so I’d have two heights.

how to make wood stump end tables

Next I headed to the hardware store and picked up a primer designed to cover the natural wood tannins, and some gloss white paint.

tree stump end tables

After letting them the wood dry out a bit for a few weeks, I sanded the tops of the them smooth, with some sandpaper.  Next I primed and painted them.

I also covered the bottom of the tree stumps with some white felt to help protect the floors from any scratches.

painted tree stump end tables

I love, love, love how they turned out. They’re even cooler than the West Elm version.

DIY tree stump end tables

how to make a tree stump end table

I set them up as little tables in my dining room, and love how they look with our woodland theme for Christmas. Perhaps after Christmas I’ll move them into the living room, or family room as a coffee table.


tree stump end tables

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With my DIY tree stump end tables, life is really a party!

how to make wood stump end tables

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  1. Cute! How in the world did you paint them and get every nook and cranny covered?? They look fantastic – was it a pain to get them completely white?

  2. Teri, they weren’t too hard to paint, just used a good primer and a smallish paint brush to get into all the little spots.
    thanks, Dannyelle

  3. Tree Stump End Tables I have many tree stumps in our backyard, because the trees were cut done when the road was reconstructed, I’m happy to know that it can turn into a table, thanks for posting this kind of blog, it will be a big help to me and also for someone out there who want to make this DIY.

  4. I read your article on DIY tree stump end tables and I loved it! You did a great job explaining what wood to choose for making these tables from tree stumps that will keep the bark intact and paint them. Your instructions were easy to follow and gave me a lot of ideas about how to make my own DIY table too.

  5. Thanks, they’re still going strong all these years later. A really fun DIY project to tackle. Good luck with them.

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