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

You’ll need:

  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Sand it smooth with the sandpaper or an orbital sanding mouse and make sure there are no rough or sharp edges.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Position the castors equidistant and as far apart as possible to give the table stability.
  6. Mark the position of the holes.
  7. Drill small holes for the screws first as it makes it easier to screw them in, or use an electric screwdriver.