Simply rub white chalk onto greasy stains and rub chalk in. Reapply more chalk onto stain and rub again. The chalk powder will absorb the grease, making the stain easily removable by the laundry soap in the wash.
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.