Make Your Own Log Table With Fancy Lighting
Building your own furniture needn't be costly or complicated. Steph and Vicki, a mother and daughter team from Tallahassee, have proven just that by completing an ambitious DIY project in just three days. And all for just $30!
Their project came to life when they found a hollowed out tree trunk on the side of a road. If you're interested in following in their footsteps, you can get hold of a similar stump from a local tree surgeon.
1. First, remove the bark from the stump using a rubber mallet and chisel.
2. If the stump isn't completely hollow, break away any remaining wood in the middle.
3. Next, even out the bottom so that the stump can sit flat. When sawing, use a strip of aluminum tape as a guide for eveness.
4. Now sand the outside of the stump. Start with a low grit and work up to 220.
5. It's now time to add a little color to the stump. Here, a metallic gold spray paint has been used.
6. To create the table top, a thin layer of epoxy is needed to seal the top of the stump. First, use contact paper to seal the top so the epoxy can be held inside.
7. After turning over the stump, pour in the epoxy from the other side. Once the epoxy has cured, peel off the contact paper.
Epoxy works better than glass or plastic because it fills in all the contours of the hole.
8. For the lighting, you'll need to find PVC piping that will fit inside the stump. The PVC piping will also need to fit around a pool noodle. Shorten the pipe and pool noodle to the length of the stump.
9. Next, thread the cable of the lamp through the pool noodle.
10. With the lamp facing upwards, insert the pool noodle and PVC piping combination into the stump. Attach three strips of wood to the bottom of the stump to act as feet.
So that's how you turn an old tree stump into chic living room furniture with fancy lighting. For an even more breathtaking effect, use a remote-operated bulb that can change color at the click of a button.
Check out the step-by-step guide here...
There you have it — making your own furniture isn't that hard. As Steph and Vicki have shown, a classy side table needn't cost a bundle either. Great job!