Tree Stump Table


Thirteen years ago, my ex and I built a log home.  When it was finished, we had little bits of stumps left over from the construction phase and when I moved into my new home, I brought one of them with me.

I had used it on my front porch as a table for a decade and it was very weatherbeaten.  Naturally I didn't take any before photos of it, but below is a photo of the log house I used to live in and you can see where it used to sit on the front porch right beside the front door.


In my new home, I decided it would be nice to have it indoors so I painted it creamy white to clean it up a bit.  It looked better but was too plain for my liking.  I'm just not an "all white" kind of girl.  Ever since I redecorated my master bedroom, I'm right into a French cottage mode of decorating so guess what I used to embellish my new table?  Yup, that old fleur-de-lis pattern that I am now totally in love with.



This time I created a stencil of the printout that I have simply by cutting out the picture with a box cutter.  This made the job soooo much easier than trying to trace or free-hand draw the pattern on the bumpy surface.  With all the interest in script these days, I opted to write out fleur-de-lis all around the edge as well.




In addition to all of this, I had a nice surprise this week when a package arrived unexpectedly from Hadley Pottery.  But I need to backtrack a little here...  In January, Hadley offered a free bowl to Nesting Place blog subscribers and all you had to do was pay the shipping costs.  I've always wanted a piece of their pottery and when I saw the fleur-de-lis pattern, I had to have it.  Unfortunately for me, shipping to Canada wasn't among the options on the website so I emailed Hadley's customer service department to ask if the offer had been limited to US residents.  Hadley emailed back with a Kentucky telephone number to call to arrange for my bowl to be shipped but after a game of telephone tag, I gave up the ghost before my long-distance phone charges exceeded the cost of the bowl!!   Lo & behold, Hadley generously sent me the bowl of my choice without me having to pay anything at all.  What amazing customer service!

Here is my little bowl:

And so my love affair with the fleur-de-lis continues :)

Have a fabulous and creative week!



47 comments:

Classy Clutter said...

This is adorable! I hope you'll link this up to my new linky party! I'm a new follower! Hope you'll stop by and follow along if you'd like!

Mallory @ Classy Clutter

http://classyclutter.blogspot.com/2012/02/saturday-spotlight-2.html

Predictable Me said...

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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Neat looking table..like how you painted it.

Blessings,
Linda

Gwen said...

A very elegant stump. What you did with it is imaginative and BTW the log cabin is FANTASTIC. Would you attempt to build another one day? If you do I will come and help:).............then I will be able to learn how.
xxx

Janel@hatingmartha said...

That's lovely! And what a great sentiment behind it! I'm in Wisconsin and see lots of log homes...your is up there with the best of them! Lovely!

aimee said...

what a great idea, i would love it if you could pop over and link up at my party on today at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunday-show-off-linky-party-2.html

Betsy said...

I love how you transformed the stump for a second time. It's a perfect fit for your beautiful home.

outjunking said...

That stump turned out way better than I thought this story might go. I was picturing some bumpy knotted crooked pine stump thing. But you have a wonderful table now and that stump has won me over big time.
Good job,
Lisa

reFresh reStyle said...

I love your stump table! I finally did something with two that I had sitting around and just love them. One thing that I like even more is that ours was free and I see them selling for over $100! The script and fleur de lis is perfect. Have a great day!
Debbie
ps. I love it when companies do great things :)

momto8 said...

the symbol for the New orleans Saints too...my husband and boys just looked up the meaning ...very interesting!! your table looks great!!

Mel said...

Anne, this looks amazing!

I think the writing is what really makes it unique and chic. Well done, my friend.

Audrey said...

Love this stump table. Great job. I have one sitting in a planter bed and need to get it off the dirt before it starts to rot.
Blessings.
Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures
http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/

Farmer's Wyfe said...

I'm not sure why I never made it over to your blog, but I LOVE it!! This piece is so creative and pretty!! What a fantastic job!!! Have a fun week!! :)

Geckostone said...

Anne, your stump table came out beautiful, what a great idea!!! And getting the bowl was such a cool surprise! I love your cabin, I want to live there!!!Deb

mE aNd mY tℎrIfTy IdEas said...

This is just awesome!

Diane said...

Wow, oh wow with everything! Love, love the new look of the tree stump, it's very cool the way you used it as a table. And I love your free bowl you got....lucky you! Great post! Diane

Artsy VaVa said...

What a unique table! I love it!!!

Faye said...

Marvelous use of the old stump, Anne! You really know how to repurpose things. I noticed that as I scrolled down your blog. The table is gorgeous.

Anna said...

Love this! How very creative!!!

EVA said...

Perfect!

It really goes with your home and the glass is an excellent touch.

Our Delightful Home said...

This is such a great idea! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

myric andreasen said...

That was a clever idea to use a log for a table!

Thank you so much for comment of love and sympathy. It is very nice and thoughtful of you and it helped so much to know I am loved :)

sending hugs back XOXO
Myric

Jennifer said...

Hi Anne, A fleur-de-lis is such a classic motif and perfect for your new table!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Very creative! I love what you did. ~ Megan

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Looks great! It's amazing what a stump of wood can turn into!!!

Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

--Katie

Nook and Cranny said...

Who doesn't love a beautiful log from the outdoors. I love to bring the outdoors inside.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Meeha Meeha said...

I don't believe in coincidences. The fleur-de-lys lovely plate is a sigh of good luck and happiness, I think :)

Ann said...

What a fun stump and wonderful bowl. I'm with you--not an all-white kind of gal. The fleur-de-lis stencil and your handwriting are the perfect complement to a token of the great outdoors.

Samm Spangler said...

Love this! I'm pinning it for inspiration! You're site is adorable!

-Samm @ LittleHouseintheBigD.blogspot.com

Heidi Lisa said...

Turned out great! To match my decor I might have stenciled shells on it :o)

Cindy F. Adkins said...

I am in love with this table! Now I'm going to be wishing I had a stump to copy your idea!
Cindy

Ivy@a dash of domestic said...

Wow!! This really cought my attention, I love this!! Great Job! I'm a new follower. I can't wait to see more great projects!

Ivy

Serendipity and Spice said...

Found you off Sassy Sites. This is really cool. Would love for you to stop by sometime!
-Melissa

Elyse said...

Love this idea and your home!! I found you on the link party at My Romantic Home. Glad I did! You have many great posts.

http://shabbysweettea.com

The Greeley Girls said...

how i wish i logged into your site last week. this week i had a tree taken down, all is gone.
i would have loved to do what you did. truly loved your idea. elizabeth
hope you can find the time to check out our site.
thegreeleygirls.com

Jenn Lifford said...

Very cool! I love all of your little touches! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark - I always love having you. I will be featuring this today. Happy Sunday!
Jenn :)

Pam said...

Adorable idea.....Looks great.

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Meg said...

It looks awesome! I love the glass table top--brilliant idea!

The Shady Porch said...

How cool...way to dress up a stump! I want to find some tree stumps now! :) I love the fleur-de-lis patterns too! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

Jen Lossing said...

This is actually really cute. The thumbnail didn't do it justice. I am glad I hopped on over to see it in its entirety. Great job! Love the piece of cut glass on top of it!

Honey at 2805 said...

This is precious, Anne! Great idea! Your log home is fabulous! Thank you for sharing your home and creative project at Potpourri Friday!

Special 'K' said...

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charlesalvarez23 said...

This is simply lovely. I like the table and it was so adorable as what Pam said. Big thanks.

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Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

LOVE findhing a fellow Canadian!
And I absolutely adore this project. I have two tree stumps sitting in my driveway wating for their special upgrade! Thanks for the inspiration! Love it!

Lisa Montsion said...

Great job on the table. I love how you painted it.

lisa

Amy Ellis said...

Tres jolie. Je les aime les scripte et le colour nouveau de blanc!