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DIY Outdoor Rolling Stump Side Table

Create the perfect outdoor rolling side table using a tree stump!

You guys!

I am so exciting that I finally tackled this outdoor project.

It’s been on my mental “to do” list for a few years now.

And I have to credit a friend of mine for finally getting the ball rolling. She messaged me the other day that she had some nice tree stumps I might like – and sent me a picture of hers all nicely sanded and smooth.

I was sold.

I knew it would be the perfect little side table on our deck this year… we are switching a few things around and it works really well with a new addition that I plan to share with you soon!

So here is how you can make your own simple & thrifty DIY outdoor rolling stump side table…

And add a little rustic chic feel to your deck or patio this summer.

DIY Rolling Stump Side Table graphic.

I toyed around with how I wanted to finish this guy off.

I knew I wanted to stain the stump and give it a protective coat of outdoor varathane.

But I thought I might want to paint it? Maybe a “dipped” looking finish on the bottom?

In the end, life won out and I didn’t have time to tackle anything extravagant. I figure I can always add some paint down the road, but once it’s painted it’s hard to go back.

Here is what the chunk of log or stump looked like before I started…

The tree stump on a working table.

We did some serious sanding work on this guy.

And I mean, serious.

It took a while with this simple little palm sander. We put in a fair bit of elbow grease to supplement it’s measly power.

But in the end it finally started to smooth out beautifully…

Using a palm sander to smooth the top of the tree stump.

I used both of these stains to create the colour I wanted, I started by going over it with the Natural Oak and then added some of the Dark Mahogany to make the finish at little darker, saturated and more rich. I’m big on the convenience of these wipe-on stain cloths and have used them on quite a few projects.

Wood finishing wipe cloths for stain.

The tree stump after being stained, on the table.

I wanted to make this a cute and handy little rolling table, so I added some inexpensive castors.

Four casters on the tree stump, ready to be used.

To add the castors I spaced them out evenly, marked the wholes, and then predrilled the holes…

Drilling a hole in the stump for the casters.


The rolling tree stump table with a glass on it.

Fun, right?

I love it! And I can’t wait to add a couple of other new woodsy additions to our deck and share it all with you again:)

The DIY rolling stump with a glass and a nautical vase on the top of it.

An outdoor chair with a vibrant blue, and yellow pillow on it beside the stump.

The stump table on the porch.

Think you might want to try this woodland outdoor table?

It’s a great and inexpensive way to add a little cute rustic touch to your outdoor decor – or you could even make this for indoors as well!



This is awesome! Pin it to remember it!

DIY Rolling Stump Outdoor Side Table poster.

This week my friends from the DIY Challenge are sharing their own awesome Outdoor DIY projects in anticipation of this Sunday’s link up – the theme is {wait for it….} “Outdoor Projects”.

A little more inspiration

Here is what my amazing cohosts have come up with for this challenge:

5 Fabulous Outdoor DIYs poster.

Summer Wildflower Door Basket at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer

Backyard Pallet Bar at The Hankful House

5 DIY Summer Planter Ideas at House by Hoff

DIY Rolling Stump Outdoor Side Table at The Happy Housie (you are here!)

DIY Headboard Bench at Artsy Chicks Rule

Get your DIY on outdoor DIY projects graphic.

If you are a fellow blogger, I hope to see you back here on Sunday to share your projects with us!

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  1. Did it have bark on it before you started? I have two stumps that I rolled home last summer, still with bark. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Ginger,
      If you want to keep them more natural looking, then you could just sand and seal the top and bottom and leave the bark on. Our stump had sat to dry for a while so the bark peeled off (as it often will as the log dried out). So it is possible that the bark will start chipping off. In that case, you might want to help it along and chip the rest of the bark off before sanding and then sealing it.
      Hope that helps,

  2. Super organic design (yes, the log) and to me, a log side table looks fab, especially when so well done.
    I had no idea those wipes existed. I’ll look for them!

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