Anthropologie inspired Dip Dye Stump Table

dip dye trunks

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for Anthropologie.  I would move in there if they let me.  Really, right into the store.  And I don't think it would be awkward at all...

Welcome to my home!  Feel free to eat off my eclectic dishes while sitting on my bohemian furniture.  Please excuse me for not making my bed yet, but I can't decide which duvet I'm in the mood for. What's that? Why of course you can borrow some culottes from my ridiculously large closet.. but the jewelry is off limits! :-)

Most of Anthropologie's merchandise does have an original, one-of-a-kind feel to it, which can occasionally help a person (that'd be me) justify the price tag. But despite my mild to moderate obsession, even I couldn't help but roll my eyes (only a little bit, I swear dearest Anthropologie, and I promise it won't happen again if you'll let me live there) at these stump tables for $298-$398.

I half roll my eyes not because I don't love them, I do, of course, but because I believe this might actually be something I'm capable of making myself and for a LOT less than 300 dollars-ish!


scavenged stump
casters (optional) 


before trunks

  1. Finding the stump may actually be the hardest part of this project.  Believe it or not I actually had these stumps from some trees we cut down.  They were well aged and had already lost their bark.  If your's have bark, let them age for a couple of months in a warm, dry location such as an attic for a couple of months and then the bark will be much easier to scrape off.
  2. Sanding would be a great second step, except when you're so eager to get them painted you forget, which is what happened to me.... 
  3. Since my logs were fairly heavy, I purchased some swivel casters and screwed to the bottom. To level the logs I used a cut up paint stick as shims under the casters before screwing down.
  4. Next, just paint along the bottom.  Taping isn't necessary as it's meant to look "dipped".  Any paint color will work, I stuck with tonal hues...a cream and a pale gray. 
  5. Finally I used a satin polyurethane above the paint line and on the top.  I chose not to poly over the paint because I like the contrast of the matte paint and the satin wood. 

That's it! Bam! Now what else can I spend that $300 on?!?  I'm sure there must be something from Anthropologie....

dip dye trunks

If you've read my blog before you also know that I am already decorating for my someday-screened porch.  These are great in my living room for now, but they will look even better on my screened porch.  To see more of my someday-screened porch projects check out this West Elm inspired woven lampshade!