The Evolution Of A Tree

 

We are very partial to making or repurposing things in my household. Old railways sleepers, wooden palettes, concrete paving blocks - things that have been given a new life in our house. Recently Prince B’s friend was cutting down some big trees and offered us a tree stump. I told Prince B to bring that sucker home so we could make a sidetable or stool (and by we I mean him). The initial idea was a solid block of tree stump which would be stripped of bark, sanded smooth and blackened. So Prince B sawed a few inches off the stump to make the right height of stool/table but the part he cut off was calling out to me more than the stump itself. I had some hairpin legs lying around and decided it would look amazing with just this section on the legs.

The original plan was to burn the wood black, but blackening wood can have very varied and unreliable results so in the end I decided just to stain it ebony instead. Prince B doesn’t like it as the stain came out shiny, and he wanted it matte, but I’m going to add a matte varnish on top. I still think it looks amazing.

 
The tree stump section all striped of its bark and sanded smooth

The tree stump section all striped of its bark and sanded smooth

Legs attached

Legs attached

Getting ready to attach some legs (the table legs, not Prince B’s!)

Getting ready to attach some legs (the table legs, not Prince B’s!)

Ebony staining in progress

Ebony staining in progress

The finished table is very modern and cool and fits perfectly with our interior. I love it although it will be better when I make it more matte.

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