Hey there good looking! I made this knockoff of a 300 plus dollar side table from cb2 for under 30, and I'm pretty happy with it. Especially since 30 dollars got me a whole stump, and not a quarter of a stump.
As long as you don't mind a little elbow grease, spending some time sanding, and potentially inhaling a little sawdust, this DIY is super easy and pretty much impossible to mess up.
matte black paint
2 paint brushes
coarse sand paper
Find a stump, and gather your materials! Preferably a stump that is not infested with wood beetles (this means don't pick one with holes in it). I learned the hard way...
Using an electric sander, sand the stump until smooth. Wipe down the stump with a damp cloth, and allow to dry. Choose what end of the stump you want to be the top of the table, and then flip that side down.
Using the first paint brush, paint the bottom of the stump (the side facing up towards you). Then using irregular strokes, paint the stump about halfway. Make sure that the edge of the paint is uneven.
Working quickly, take the dry second brush and brush downwards through the wet paint onto the unpainted portion of the stump to create the ombre effect.
Allow the stump to dry completely overnight.
Flip the stump right side up and enjoy your new side table!