Tree Stump Table


Thirteen years ago, my ex and I built a log home.  When it was finished, we had little bits of stumps left over from the construction phase and when I moved into my new home, I brought one of them with me.

I had used it on my front porch as a table for a decade and it was very weatherbeaten.  Naturally I didn't take any before photos of it, but below is a photo of the log house I used to live in and you can see where it used to sit on the front porch right beside the front door.


In my new home, I decided it would be nice to have it indoors so I painted it creamy white to clean it up a bit.  It looked better but was too plain for my liking.  I'm just not an "all white" kind of girl.  Ever since I redecorated my master bedroom, I'm right into a French cottage mode of decorating so guess what I used to embellish my new table?  Yup, that old fleur-de-lis pattern that I am now totally in love with.

This time I created a stencil of the printout that I have simply by cutting out the picture with a box cutter.  This made the job soooo much easier than trying to trace or free-hand draw the pattern on the bumpy surface.  With all the interest in script these days, I opted to write out fleur-de-lis all around the edge as well.




In addition to all of this, I had a nice surprise this week when a package arrived unexpectedly from Hadley Pottery.  But I need to backtrack a little here...  In January, Hadley offered a free bowl to Nesting Place blog subscribers and all you had to do was pay the shipping costs.  I've always wanted a piece of their pottery and when I saw the fleur-de-lis pattern, I had to have it.  Unfortunately for me, shipping to Canada wasn't among the options on the website so I emailed Hadley's customer service department to ask if the offer had been limited to US residents.  Hadley emailed back with a Kentucky telephone number to call to arrange for my bowl to be shipped but after a game of telephone tag, I gave up the ghost before my long-distance phone charges exceeded the cost of the bowl!!   Lo & behold, Hadley generously sent me the bowl of my choice without me having to pay anything at all.  What amazing customer service!

Here is my little bowl:

And so my love affair with the fleur-de-lis continues :)

Have a fabulous and creative week!



47 comments:

  1. This is adorable! I hope you'll link this up to my new linky party! I'm a new follower! Hope you'll stop by and follow along if you'd like!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

    http://classyclutter.blogspot.com/2012/02/saturday-spotlight-2.html

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  2. Im your newest follower from the LF Party Hop. Hope you'll get the chance to stop on over at http://grandmasamazingjourney.blogspot.com and follow as well.

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  3. Neat looking table..like how you painted it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. A very elegant stump. What you did with it is imaginative and BTW the log cabin is FANTASTIC. Would you attempt to build another one day? If you do I will come and help:).............then I will be able to learn how.
    xxx

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  5. That's lovely! And what a great sentiment behind it! I'm in Wisconsin and see lots of log homes...your is up there with the best of them! Lovely!

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  6. what a great idea, i would love it if you could pop over and link up at my party on today at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunday-show-off-linky-party-2.html

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  7. I love how you transformed the stump for a second time. It's a perfect fit for your beautiful home.

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  8. That stump turned out way better than I thought this story might go. I was picturing some bumpy knotted crooked pine stump thing. But you have a wonderful table now and that stump has won me over big time.
    Good job,
    Lisa

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  9. I love your stump table! I finally did something with two that I had sitting around and just love them. One thing that I like even more is that ours was free and I see them selling for over $100! The script and fleur de lis is perfect. Have a great day!
    Debbie
    ps. I love it when companies do great things :)

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  10. the symbol for the New orleans Saints too...my husband and boys just looked up the meaning ...very interesting!! your table looks great!!

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  11. Anne, this looks amazing!

    I think the writing is what really makes it unique and chic. Well done, my friend.

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  12. Love this stump table. Great job. I have one sitting in a planter bed and need to get it off the dirt before it starts to rot.
    Blessings.
    Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures
    http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/

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  13. I'm not sure why I never made it over to your blog, but I LOVE it!! This piece is so creative and pretty!! What a fantastic job!!! Have a fun week!! :)

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  14. Anne, your stump table came out beautiful, what a great idea!!! And getting the bowl was such a cool surprise! I love your cabin, I want to live there!!!Deb

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  15. Wow, oh wow with everything! Love, love the new look of the tree stump, it's very cool the way you used it as a table. And I love your free bowl you got....lucky you! Great post! Diane

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  16. What a unique table! I love it!!!

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  17. Marvelous use of the old stump, Anne! You really know how to repurpose things. I noticed that as I scrolled down your blog. The table is gorgeous.

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  18. Love this! How very creative!!!

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  19. Perfect!

    It really goes with your home and the glass is an excellent touch.

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  20. This is such a great idea! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  21. That was a clever idea to use a log for a table!

    Thank you so much for comment of love and sympathy. It is very nice and thoughtful of you and it helped so much to know I am loved :)

    sending hugs back XOXO
    Myric

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  22. Hi Anne, A fleur-de-lis is such a classic motif and perfect for your new table!

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  23. Very creative! I love what you did. ~ Megan

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  24. Looks great! It's amazing what a stump of wood can turn into!!!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

    --Katie

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  25. Who doesn't love a beautiful log from the outdoors. I love to bring the outdoors inside.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  26. I don't believe in coincidences. The fleur-de-lys lovely plate is a sigh of good luck and happiness, I think :)

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  27. What a fun stump and wonderful bowl. I'm with you--not an all-white kind of gal. The fleur-de-lis stencil and your handwriting are the perfect complement to a token of the great outdoors.

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  28. Love this! I'm pinning it for inspiration! You're site is adorable!

    -Samm @ LittleHouseintheBigD.blogspot.com

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  29. Turned out great! To match my decor I might have stenciled shells on it :o)

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  30. I am in love with this table! Now I'm going to be wishing I had a stump to copy your idea!
    Cindy

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  31. Wow!! This really cought my attention, I love this!! Great Job! I'm a new follower. I can't wait to see more great projects!

    Ivy

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  32. Found you off Sassy Sites. This is really cool. Would love for you to stop by sometime!
    -Melissa

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  33. Love this idea and your home!! I found you on the link party at My Romantic Home. Glad I did! You have many great posts.

    http://shabbysweettea.com

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  34. how i wish i logged into your site last week. this week i had a tree taken down, all is gone.
    i would have loved to do what you did. truly loved your idea. elizabeth
    hope you can find the time to check out our site.
    thegreeleygirls.com

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  35. Very cool! I love all of your little touches! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark - I always love having you. I will be featuring this today. Happy Sunday!
    Jenn :)

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  36. Adorable idea.....Looks great.

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  37. HELLO dearie - I've featured you over at NORTHERN COTTAGE. Come on over & grab a button to spread the word! xo

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  38. It looks awesome! I love the glass table top--brilliant idea!

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  39. How cool...way to dress up a stump! I want to find some tree stumps now! :) I love the fleur-de-lis patterns too! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

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  40. This is actually really cute. The thumbnail didn't do it justice. I am glad I hopped on over to see it in its entirety. Great job! Love the piece of cut glass on top of it!

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  41. This is precious, Anne! Great idea! Your log home is fabulous! Thank you for sharing your home and creative project at Potpourri Friday!

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  42. Thank you for sharing, it looks so delightful, I am so glad to meet you. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I will follow on my way out because I am sure I will enjoy engaging and supporting your special place now I have found you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  43. This is simply lovely. I like the table and it was so adorable as what Pam said. Big thanks.

    Chares | Philippines properties for sale

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  44. LOVE findhing a fellow Canadian!
    And I absolutely adore this project. I have two tree stumps sitting in my driveway wating for their special upgrade! Thanks for the inspiration! Love it!

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  45. Great job on the table. I love how you painted it.

    lisa

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  46. Tres jolie. Je les aime les scripte et le colour nouveau de blanc!

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