Concrete Patio Table
Am I the only one dreaming of patio furniture that’s WAY outside the budget!? I know my mom is too, so there has to be a few of us eh?...
To be honest, some of the most expensive patio furniture I've purchased has lasted the shortest amount of time. We needed an inexpensive solution for a patio table that wouldn't need replacement after one snowy winter.
After seeing some beautiful (and clearly time-worn) stone and concrete patio tables at restaurants, we decided to tackle our own DIY concrete patio table. Here's how we made it! More detail is available in the original post on my blog (linked below).
Before: We made our own concrete form out of old laminate countertop. Here's the empty form before the concrete was poured. I wish we had found a glossy countertop material, because i think the finish would have been crazy smooth, but this surplus matte one was well-priced and did the job well!
Step 1: Prep the Concrete Form and Reinforcing Mesh
Like so many DIY projects...the real time is spent on prep work! The form has a flat bottom with a strip of countertop attached around the outside to hold in the concrete. Then we cut a piece of reinforcing mesh to fit the form.
Step 2: Mixing up the concrete!
Unfortunately it was super hot outside when we poured this table, so we had to work fast. Ideally, I'd want to do this on a cooler, overcast day...but this was the time we had!
Step 3: Fill the Form with Concrete
We filled the form about half way deep with concrete. Then we tied in the reinforcing mesh so it would be in the middle of the tabletop. The remainder of the form was then filled with concrete.
Step 4: Include Fasteners to Attach Table Leg(s)
We found a vintage table stand on a buy-and-sell for our DIY concrete patio tabletop. It needed fasteners at the top to hold on the table top. We peeped the tabletop for the fasteners by placing them in the concrete as it set (on the bottom of the tabletop).
Step 5: Curing the Concrete and Stripping the Form
It was still a bit hot and dry out, so we kept the exposed surface of the concrete moist to help with curing. The concrete cured for 7 days before we stripped the form. The curing is continuing, but the concrete we used had sufficient strength by this point to strip the form.
Step 6: Sealing the Concrete
We applied a concrete sealant to the tabletop. There are lots of different kinds of sealant available for different finishes.
After: Here's how the table turned out! We have used it every day since and are still loving it :)
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Published June 22nd, 2018 2:20 PM
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Valerie jones on May 26, 2019
Looks awesome!!! Good job!!! I was expecting to see the standard concrete table, but this is wayyyy better! Got that mod feel!
What kind of fasteners did you use?
don’t they get buried in the concrete?
How much does this weigh?
Do they make something that is lighter then concrete? But durable for all types of weather?