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I’m loving today’s guest post, because I’ve had tree stumps just waiting for some DIY treatment for months. And now that I’ve moved into a new home with more space to decorate, these just moved to the top of my list. You’re going to be seeing more and more home style and decor posts, because that’s what I’m immersed in right now, but most of them can inspire your wedding decor too. Plus, you know you’re going to be decorating your newly married space, so pin these posts now for after your wedding. Without further adieu, today’s guest post…

Hi Oh Lovely Day readers! I’m Aileen from the interiors & lifestyle blog At Home in Love, and I’m super excited to be guest blogging here today. Chandra asked me to share something post-wedding with you all, and I immediately thought this idea “wood” be perfect. I’ve been seeing stump tables everywhere, and (being the cheap skate and DIY fanatic that I am) I think they’re pretty awesome. Need a nightstand, side table, or extra seating for your next party? Tree stumps, my friends, they are the answer. Best of all, while they’re free (or nearly so), they look super cool and can totally hold their own against high-end, designer pieces.

 DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

I’ve seen stump tables done a number of ways. Sanded smooth or with the bark still on; bare wood, stained, or painted; with legs or just sitting on the floor–you can choose how much work you want to put into it and how you will personalize yours. But no matter what, start by finding a tree that has been cut down and get yourself a piece that is level and the height that you want it to be. Look on Craigslist (people often sell or give away wood when they get a tree cut down in their yard) or see if there’s a place that sells firewood near you. Let your stump dry out for about a month. Then, it’s up to you what to do with it!

DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

I like stumps as nightstands or side tables, personally. I’m planning to make one (or a few) for myself sometime soon.

DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

A quick way to add some personality to your stump tables is to paint the tops. Make sure to sand them first.

DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

On the flip side, you could leave the top unpainted and give the sides a coat of paint. You can even cut out legs from your stump!

DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

Don’t worry if the wood cracks a little–it just adds character.

DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

If you’re planning a party and don’t have enough seating, why not use a bunch of stumps? I love the rustic look these have (they would definitely work for a wedding too).

DIY tree stump tables | ohlovelyday.com

If you have little ones, I think this idea is adorable for an enchanted woodland party–toadstool chairs made of stumps with cushions on top!

What do you guys think of stump tables (and chairs)? Would you do it?

Thanks Chandra for having me! I would love if you guys check out my blog for more decorating and party inspiration.

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