We've admired tree-stump stools with painted tops before (see DIY: Garden Stools); we also like these side tables made from felled logs, with exteriors painted glossy white. Designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf came up with the idea for a project in Provence.
Did you have to say goodbye to a favorite tree? Ask the arborist to save you a piece about this size. You can remove the bark, lightly sand and then seal (with poly, or beeswax) and use as a table. Good idea for some of our trees we need to inspiration