Start by finding a log that is the right size for your side table. I measured my recliner to see what would be a good height log to put next to it.
Use a Draw shaving tool or hatchet to shave off the bark from your log.
Sand down the sides and if you want a distressed look sand the top as well.
Then add Polyurethane. We used 3 coats on the sides and 4 or 5 coats on top since liquids would be resting on it.
Last, we added felt pads on the bottom of the log so that the log wouldn't scuff up our hardwood.
I love how this project turned out and I've already used it several times as a spot to set my drink or my iPhone while I'm reading in the recliner. Not too much longer and I'll have my hands full...literally!
Linking up with Anne for Pin-to-Present!