RECLAIMED TREE STUMP STOOL
I had been antique picking, garbage picking and kijiji searching for a small stool to put into our daughters room ever since we gave their room a makeover. I almost purchased an old crate that had been painted pink and was chipping, but I just couldn't justify paying $25 on something that wasn't guaranteed to work.
After much searching and coming up short I was caused to think outside the box. I was driving home from school pick up when I noticed all the trees in town were being given a little spring spruce, and that's when the idea hit!
So for the next couple of weeks we were on the look out for the perfect stump!
After a couple weeks of searching we finally found the perfect tree stump and got to work right away.
How To Make You Own Reclaimed Tree Stump Stool
1. Peel back the bark with whatever you've got on hand. We used a mixture of screw drivers and chisels, we had some little hand eager to help.
2. Sand down to desired look. We gave the top a thorough sand as we knew the girls would be standing and sitting on it. The sides and bottom where given a light sand to remove any sharpe edges that could possibly scratch little skin.
3. Tape and paint. We were going for the "dipped" look so we wanted to tape off the bottom portion of our stump so that we could accomplish that. I also had little hands helping to create their stool so this was just a little added percussion :)
4. Apply Hemp Oil. This next step I would not do next time. I originally was going for a very natural look and was just looking to hydrate the wood and give it a nice soft finish. Hemp Oil is great for this. It is also very kids and pet friendly, so I thought it would be perfect!
And there you have it! An eco friendly, cost officiant DIY stepping stool!!!!
Just look at how cute our littest looks getting into her reading nook!!!
Ants LOVE Hemp Oil! A few days after bringing the stool into the girls room we had an alarming scream come from the bedroom. We live in an old home so we tend to share our space with the odd critter from time to time (my husband found a toad in the basement today). I wish this wasn't the case but I think it just comes with the "old home" handbook.
Long story short the stool was just covered, I mean covered with ants! We had to call in reinforcements to take care of it, a.k.a the hubby!
SO I have entered a new step into to accommodate the other "old home" owners.
5. Skip step 4 and head right to 5 if you live in an old home! To fix our Hemp loving ants I resorted to removing the stump, spraying it down and applying Touch Coat by Fusion Mineral Paint this is a water-based poly that just wipes on. (Any form of Poly would work)
I would love to see pictures if any of you try it out!