We were looking through a magazine this weekend, and we saw these great side tables that looked like they were simply tree trunks that have been sanded and sealed. (And they were going for about $200 each!) Alberto immediately thought of the wood blocks sitting in the back yard from several trees that we had cut down last Spring.
A few minutes later I was in the yard, peeling off bark and sanding a couple of tree trunks. (Sometimes I wonder what our neighbors think . . .) “There go those crazy gays again!” We’re crazy all right. Crazy about finding ways to decorate our home without spending a fortune!!!
Here’s what we used to make the side tables:
- Two tree trunks
- High gloss varnish
This is what we needed to put them together:
- Sander (It’s worth renting one for this project!)
- Sandpaper (Coarse, Medium and Fine)
- Paint brush
Let’s make some side tables!
- Select two trunks that are level on the bottom and are approximately the same height. Next, using the chisel, strip the bark off of the trunks. This was easier than it sounds simply because the wood had been sitting outside for several months. I also stripped the first layer of the trunk to get rid of any insects or disease.
- Sand the top and sides of the trunks. I started with the coarse sandpaper to get rid of any layers that I missed with the chisel. Then I sanded a few more times with the medium and fine sandpaper.
- After wiping off the excess dust from the trunks, stain them by applying the stain and wiping it back off with the rag. Be sure to do small sections at a time so that you don’t let the stain dry before wiping it off because that will cause the finish to be blotchy.
- Apply a second coat.
- Apply a coat of the varnish and let dry.
As always if you’re just sitting around waiting for varnish to dry, it’s time for a cocktail break! In keeping with our “We need Spring!” attitude, Alberto thought of having a Mojito. It just conjures up Spring on the spot. Of course, he’s added his own twist! Lime twist to be exact. I love a good Lime Mojito, and you will too! Here’s the recipe…
The finish line!
- Using very fine sandpaper, lightly sand the tables.
- Reapply another coat of varnish.
- Repeat as many times as needed to get the desired finish.
These tables will make great additions to the family room…and they were really very simple to make!