BRIANA: This topic comes to us courtesy of Lili and has been featured on our blog as a Daily Delight, in the Designer MacGyver column as a craft material and more. Yup, I’m axin’ about tree stumps! (Yup, I’m making terrible puns about chopping trees with axes!) So, are you a fan of the tree stump as a home accent? Or are you stumped by their appeal?
LILI: I’ve shown my hand here already by “delighting” these in the not-so-distant past, but I love them. Paint them gold, leave them raw, sand them down and finish them with shellac; I’m in. I love the dichotomy created by how unbuttoned and raw they are when placed in a rather tailored environment like so:
ALYSSA: I’m definitely the latter — completely stumped, baffled, dumbfounded as to why, in any form, this would be appealing inside the home. As a cool hangout spot on a campground? Sure. With some comfy cushions at a ski resort? Maybe. But spray painted gold and used as a coffee table in any random Midwestern home? Not sold.
[four minutes later]
ALYSSA: Hot-topic and hilarious debate happening here in the Chelsea office!
DEANNE REVEL: I would say no, but IT’S GOLD. Sign me up. #midastouch
CAMILLE: I’m just “meh” about using gilded stumps as tables. Like Lili, I’m taken with the dichotomy of high-end versus rustic but think these extraordinarily expensive gems aren’t even remotely worth the price. On the upside: If you like the look and are handy with a chainsaw, these look like an easy do-it-yourself project.
DAVID HAYNES: Ahem.
JESSICA: Best Defend the Trend reaction to date.
LEANNE: What David said.
LIZ: Ahem, Mr. Lorax…I do not think these are cool enough to cut down a tree just to make one. I’d rather have petrified wood any day. However, my neighbor had a tree cut down and we rolled the slabs over to our yard as outdoor tables/stools. They’re sturdy, comfortable…and best of all, free.
That brings me to point 2: These things are heaaaaavy. Unless you’re living with a lumberjack type, good luck ever rearranging your living room. And if you are living with a lumberjack, you might come home to see your table has been transformed into a chainsaw sculpture. Hope you like ornamental bears!
For those of us who can’t lift 300 pounds, Emma over at A Beautiful Mess had the right idea when she added casters to the bottom of this sanded-down, modern version.
JESSICA: I love petrified wood. Or anything wood, really – I practically stole my roommate’s petrified pinecone necklace. While I was in Atlanta browsing Scott’s Antique Market a few weeks ago, I saw plenty of glass-topped, tree stump tables.
Nice, right? But here’s the thing: after seeing about 40 of them, I couldn’t help but think as soon as I spilled something onto their gangly branches they would come back to life with a vengeance. You can see how it would be difficult for me to own a piece of stump furniture after a wild vision like that.
It’s even more difficult to take log furniture seriously when it reminds me of that time my friends and I went on a camping trip, spent what seemed like hours trying to make a good fire before getting frustrated and tossing a giant log on it. It did not catch fire. We eventually got so frustrated we kicked the log into the creek.
And now I just can’t take it seriously because I can’t stop picturing the Lorax staring at me.
We’ve talked tree stumps, now it’s your turn to tell us what you think: