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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?

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Pictured: Phillips Collection tables

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:

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Photo: via Love & Renovations

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.
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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!

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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.

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Photo: via A Beautiful Mess

GRANT: Stray Dog Designs has faux stumps (made of papier-mache) that are adorbs.

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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.

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Photo: Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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:

9 Responses

  1. Scotty says:

    Recycling is definitely de rigeur…no one's talking about cutting down a viable tree to make stumps (to answer a previous post). BUT, if you live in Hurricane-prone territory, eventually very large trees do come down and someone has to cut them up for removal. They end up costing a fortune to be trashed. What a waste! Using the stumps IN your garden as bases for potted plants or as tables, chairs, etc. is perfectly natural (and practical). It's been done for ages. Bringing a couple of them indoors is a fabulous idea–and if you don't want to attach individual casters, how about resting the stump on an iron metal plant 'plate' with its own casters? Just make sure you've allowed the stump to dry out thoroughly to remove any bugs and sealed it. Cap it (or not) with a heavy glass tabletop (or granite/marble slab) and you have a perfect table/objet d'art.

  2. Debbie says:

    I think the stump tables all glamed up or not can be beautiful in the right home. I don't believe in chopping down a tree to make tables & etc, but I do believe its great idea to reclaim woof from fallin trees or trees that needed to be brought down. They can be invasive if too close to a home or any other foundation. I believe in save your home not the tree!

  3. @karmen0715 says:

    I think it is a wonderful idea. I wish I could do this. Love the creativity of it.

  4. Sandra B. says:

    Yes, I agree should not cut down trees only if too close to house or dead trees. I had a tree cut down was dead, then had the tree people cut them and I use them outside as side tables, great for putting glasses and candles on.

  5. Rosalee says:

    Well I can't really vote because I am in between. First off I grew up in a rural area where tree furniture ( branches, stumps, limbs and roots) is common but also completely sourced from leftover bits of other projects and therefore very green and thrifty. ( Not to mention beautifully respected in the workmanship) So, would I pay a few hundred ( or a few thousand) for a tree stump to be spray painted gold and placed in the middle of my high rise downtown apartment…NO. Would I make use of a beautiful branch or piece of driftwood and repurpose it into something beautiful and useful? Yes! I would and have. You see my point…

  6. Juanita says:

    We had a tree get hit by lighting a few years ago. This is what I made from it (http://i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae330/fraidykat2/Storm/013-2.jpg)

  7. rwin says:

    No tree stumps for me…gold or otherwise.

  8. […] I was a BIG naysayer to the tree stump table, but smaller branches in shiny gold or silver, I’m totally behind. I know the trend has been […]

  9. Maggie says:

    I live on a large lot with old pines, cypress, and lots of volunteer very vigorous eucalyptus. Some die or block views. When the tree cutter comes, I make sure the last cut is dead level, at seat or table height, or to preserve an especially interesting curve or complexity… and then arrange and rearrange potted succulents, flowering iceplants, shells, found farm implements on them, old skilsaw blades for saucers… these stumps don't move, but sometimes they crumble. And yes, I have an iridescent silvery gray euc stump with perfect worm holes in my house, on a stained concrete floor. It matches my cat. There's not much difference between outside and inside. The funniest entry I ever saw in the Horchow catalog was for a stump: NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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