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.
Terra Stool - Made from acacia wood atop three sturdy, hand-forged recycled iron legs, these quirky pieces make rustic stools or side tables. Some radial cracking is to be expected. Some assembly required. Sizes are approximate.
DIY Stump Turned Table for indoor or outdoor.(redheadcandecorate) Bug spray the heck out of it Dry for a week. Brush off dirt. Electric sand enough to get a fresh, clean look. Glossy polyurethane paint - many coats as you like!