Homemade Rustic Furniture


Rustic furniture’s textured and natural design lends itself well to handmade construction and DIY furniture design. Create warm, charming rustic furniture pieces from thick branches, treated tree stumps and everyday weathered, outdoor materials. Decorate your entire home in your homemade rustic furniture or add just a few elements throughout the home or outdoor spaces, warming up your space and creating a homey atmosphere. Building your furniture yourself requires a time investment but saves you money and contributes to a truly authentic rustic ambiance.

Things You'll Need

  • Three log sections, 2 feet tall or less, 9 inches or more in diameter
  • One large log section, at least 3 feet tall, 9 inches or more in diameter
  • Wood rasp
  • Small axe
  • Rough-grade sandpaper
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Wood primer
  • Two paintbrushes
  • Enamel paint
  • Rough-sawed 2-by-12-inch plank
  • Drill
  • Two 2-inch-long dowels
  • Rough-sawed 2-by-24-inch plank
  • Four clay pots of equal size

Stump Stool or Ottoman

  • Create rounded edges on your stump with the rasp. Remove any bark with your axe. Sand your stump smooth, starting with the rough sandpaper and completing the job with the fine sandpaper.

  • Fill any holes with wood filler; allow the filler to dry. Apply your wood primer to the top of your stump, starting the middle and working outward. Sand lightly over the primed top once the primer has dried.

  • Using the second clean brush, cover just the primed top of the stump with enamel paint.

Stump Bench

  • Prepare two log sections as directed for the ottoman.

  • Drill one pilot hole through both ends of the 2-by-12-inch plank, 6 inches in from each edge and from each side. Drill a 2-inch-deep hole in the center of the top of each stump.

  • Insert the dowels inside the holes in the stumps. Place the plank over the stumps, feeding the dowels into the holes in the plank, creating stump legs for the bench.

Low Rustic Coffee Table

  • Paint your pots and allow the paint to dry.

  • Place them upside down with their openings facing the ground, in a rectangular configuration, creating legs.

  • Spread glue over the exposed, upward-facing bottoms of your pots. Set your remaining plank over the pot legs, affixing them to the pots and creating an instant coffee table.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use dry wood for your stump projects. Find log sections for your stump projects in a local wooded area. Look for dry felled trees with large sections not in contact with the ground. Cut your sections of stumps right there in the woods, using a bucksaw.
  • Use caution with cutting dowels; wear very thick gloves and protective eye wear. Prime and paint in areas with plenty of ventilation.

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  • Photo Credit tree stump image by Radoslav Lazarov from Fotolia.com
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