In this DIY garden project upcycling expert Sacha Olivier of Once Upon A Time shows how easy it is to turn a tree stump into a stunning side table, perfect for the patio
- A tree stump – cut to the desired height
- a hammer and chisel
- paint in the colour of your choice (optional)
- a paintbrush
- heavy grit sandpaper or sanding mouse
- three castors (not essential, but they make it easier to move your side table around)
- a drill and an electric screwdriver
How to do it:
- If you’re in a hurry, remove the bark with a hammer and chisel by wedging the chisel between the bark and the stump. Otherwise leave the stump outside for a few months and the bark will peel off easily.
- Sand it smooth with the sandpaper or an orbital sanding mouse and make sure there are no rough or sharp edges.
- I painted mine with a light wash of white paint mixed with water, but you can leave it natural or finish it the way you prefer.
- Attach the castors – if the stump isn’t level use washers or spacers to adjust the height, otherwise use a wood planer to get a level surface.
- Position the castors equidistant and as far apart as possible to give the table stability.
- Mark the position of the holes.
- Drill small holes for the screws first as it makes it easier to screw them in, or use an electric screwdriver.