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DIY Concrete Dining Table Top

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I used to be the owner of a very poor, sad, mismatched dining set. I desperately wanted to update our kitchen look with something lighter and brighter. There was only one problem: my children. 2-year-old twins and nice furniture do not make for a winning combination. I knew I would have to go the DIY route on this one.
For about $100 in paint and concrete supplies, I was able to completely change the look of my dining set.
Cost: $100 Difficulty: Medium
Here's a lovely "before" picture. Do you like the stickers on the bench?!?
I know it's scary, and once you start, you really have to commit. Why? Because you have to basically ruin your surface before adding the concrete. Scuff up your surface really well with sandpaper (I've also seen people use a razor blade on laminate surfaces).
I used Henry FeatherFinish for the table top. You just mix it up with water. A little of this stuff goes a long way. I actually have some leftover, so suggestions for other concrete craft projects are currently being accepted!
Then apply a thin layer of the concrete. I ended up doing three thin layers, letting each dry in between and then sanding. I also painted the table legs, chairs, and bench "Ikea white."
It took over a week to complete, between priming, painting, and concrete. Each step wasn't particularly time consuming or difficult, you just have to be patient and let everything dry.
Here's the final product. I finished the top with a food safe sealer, and boy is it tough! My twins haven't been able to throw anything this table's way that I haven't been able to wipe off with soap and water.
Click over to the blog to see a full tutorial and source list.

To see more: http://thecrazycraftlady.com/2015/01/diy-concrete-dining-table-top-and-dining-set-makeover/

Before You Try This Project...

  • Daisy's Mom
    Daisy's Mom Easley, SC
    on Apr 17, 2015

    Girl, you've completed an amazing project! To think you've created this little masterpiece with two little people in the house. My hat is off to you! Julie

  • Tammy Sea
    Tammy Sea Hazel Green, AL
    on Apr 17, 2015

    Great job! That looks amazing! :)

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 17, 2015

    Love it!

  • Cindy Carley
    Cindy Carley Wamego, KS
    on Apr 19, 2015

    I wouldn't of thought of doing what you did, but we "love it"!!! ~~ Great idea!! ~ Thanks for sharing!!! :)

  • Suzie hometalk
    Suzie hometalk Mineral Ridge, OH
    on Apr 19, 2015

    Looks amazing!! L.O.V.E. the "before" stickers!!! My daughter used to put all the Wal-mart smiley face stickers on our plastic bathroom tile next to the tub and I left them there for years!!! - She's 20 now and I probably just got rid of them about 5 years ago...LOL

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