I often go for a run at a park nearby. I’d seen this scene many times as I ran the loop around the park.
Several trees were cut down about a year ago and the remnants were just sitting there. One day after a winter run earlier this year, I decided to grab one of the wooden stumps. That sounds easier than it was since it was pretty heavy. I ended up rolling it over to the truck and then heaving it in.
I think the stump dried out a little more during the several months it sat in the garage because I noticed it’s actually lighter to lift now. Even with it being less heavy, I still wanted to be able to move it around easily, so I attached three casters I picked up from Home Depot. They were easy to attach, I just drilled in two screws to hold each wheel in place.
While most of the bark was already off, or at least easy to pull off, there was still a layer of dirt and debris that needed to be cleaned off. It came off easily using a small putty knife.
After that clean up, I got out my small electric sander and sanded the sides and top edges. I wiped it down with a wet cloth and decided to wait before I seal it. I am thinking about staining the sides with a dark stain and maybe doing a paint or metallic leaf treatment to the top. I’ve am going to live with it a little for now before choosing how to finish it off.
It’s so versatile. It serves well as both a stool for extra seating and a side table. And it was only $9 – the cost of the casters.
Are you a fan of the lighter natural look or do you prefer a dark stained finish? I am also thinking of gold leafing the top but leaving the sides as-is. I think the combination of luxe + organic can look great.
P.S. Check out the natural tree stump table for sale at West Elm.
While on vacation last week we had a version of this drink. I ended up making it at home the same day I returned and have been drinking it since. I made my own version using stevia, since I’m avoiding sugar, so it works just fine with any sweetener of your choice.
The idea is to make your favorite lemonade whether that be from a mix, can, or fresh lemons (I used fresh lemons since I wanted to use my own sweetener) but use sparkling instead of still water when making it. Next, zest fresh ginger directly into the lemonade mixture. I used one tablespoon of fresh ginger to make a batch in a one liter carafe. I added in a few sliced mint leaves for flavor and color. This drink is DELICIOUS and ginger is great for you. It would also be fun to add a flavored vodka for an alcoholic version.
Will you give this drink a try? I hope so!
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