Hurricane Sandy hit us pretty hard here in Princeton, NJ. As a result, we had lots of downed trees. What to do with leftover cut tree stumps? Upcycle!! I’ve always wanted to have a natural look on our outside deck. So I decided to make end tables from the stumps. It was a bit more involved than I had anticipated. With three kids, I could only get to the project on the weekends. But after several months of procrastination and a step by step process, we now have beautiful, natural end tables on our deck just in time for summer!
Once the logs were completely stripped of their bark, it was time to sand them. I bought an inexpensive hand sander at Lowe’s for about $30.00.
It took awhile to sand the sides completely, but with the help of my kids, we got the job done!
Then we applied a clear gloss exterior stain. I only bought a quart and it was more than enough. We applied two coats to the top, sides and bottom.
Because the logs are so heavy, I wanted to be able to move them around for convenience. I bought wheels to attach to the bottoms. First, I drilled holes to make installing the screws easier.
Then I screwed each wheel in with “wood” screws (metal screws that are meant to screw into wood).
Once I was done, I turned the log upright to make sure it was balanced.
I now have two beautiful natural looking end tables for my deck! And the best thing is that they were upcycled from a natural disaster with the help of my kids!