Itching to get creative with a concrete side table? Today’s guide will help you create a table worthy of Pinterest and an Instagram flat lay.
Concrete Side Table | A Gift For An IG-Obsessed Partner
My wife, Lauren, has such an eye for aesthetics sometimes it drives me crazy. One of the things she’s currently obsessed with is getting a perfect flat lay. Since I can’t resist making her smile, I made her a concrete side table she can use as a background for her flat lay photos.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the concrete side table:
- Melamine board
- 1 1/2” vinyl trim
- Scrap wood pieces (2×4” would be best)
- Glue gun
- Big Stretch
- High Gloss Paint
- Wire Mesh
- Concrete countertop mix
- Putty Knife
- Angle Grinder with Flat Disk
- Hairpin Legs
Step 1: Make The Table Mold
Using a glue gun, attach your scrap wood pieces along the edges of your would-be teardrop table shape. Then, place your vinyl trim inside the edges of your wooden pieces.
Step 2: Secure The Mold
Continue using your glue gun and going around the outside of the mold. Doing this will secure the mold in place and prevent the mold from budging.
Step 3: Seal The Insides Of The Mold
Apply Big Stretch along the insides of the mold to ensure it’s sealed tight. Don’t forget to smoothen out the Big Stretch with your finger to get in all the nooks and crannies. Once it’s done, let the Big Stretch cure for at least 3 days before pouring concrete into it.
Step 4: Mark Measurements On Plywood
While waiting for the Big Stretch to cure, you can proceed with making a base for the concrete. To do this, measure the mold and note the markings on your plywood.
Step 5: Cut Plywood Base
Cut your plywood base using a jig saw.
Tip: Cut the plywood base smaller than your mold by about 2 inches from the edges.
Step 6: Paint Plywood Base
Prevent the plywood base from becoming too wet from the concrete by giving it a layer of resistance. To do this, paint on a coat of high gloss paint.
Step 7: Reinforce With Mesh
Make the table stronger with the help of wire mesh. Cut the mesh to the size of the mold, and place it on top of the plywood base. Then, drill in a handful of screws — just be sure not to drill all the way through.
Tip: Leave about half an inch of space between the head of the screw and the plywood base.
Step 8: Make A Bridge
Grab some scrap wood and make a bridge. The bridge will come in handy once you place the plywood base into the concrete, as it will hold the wire mesh and plywood base in place.
Step 9: Mix Your Concrete
Follow the instructions as specified in your concrete mix.
Tip: Add water slowly and sparingly to avoid having a watery concrete mix.
Step 10: Place Concrete In Mold
Use a small shovel to transfer the concrete mix to your mold. Don’t forget to wear a pair of gloves to help push the concrete into all the edges of the mold.
Step 11: Position The Plywood And Mesh Base
Place the plywood and mesh base on top of the concrete. Then, secure the screws of the bridge with your drill.
Tip: Rid air bubbles by shaking and vibrating the mold.
Step 12: Scrape Off Excess and Smoothen Concrete
Scrape off the excess concrete with your putty knife. You can also use it to help smoothen out the surface and edges. Once you’re done, let the concrete cure for 48 hours.
Step 13: Remove The Mold
Once the concrete has fully cured, you can proceed with removing the mold. Start by unscrewing the bridge. Then, remove the scrap wood blocks at the edge, followed by the vinyl trim. Don’t forget to make the table neater by trimming away any excess concrete shavings.
Step 14: Smoothen Out Edges
Don’t skip this step if you want to go the extra mile in smoothening your concrete table. Using an angle grinder and a flat disk, go over the surface and edges of your concrete table. Doing this will give the table a more rounded edge.
Step 15: Attach Table Legs
Attach your table’s hairpin legs with the help of a drill and a screw.
Tip: You can use whichever table leg design you’d prefer.
And that’s all there is to it!
Now, Lauren has a concrete side table to call her own and I get to be called “Best Husband In The World” again. Ahhh, life is good.
Press play on the video below for the full concrete side table tutorial:
To be honest, this concrete side table DIY has got me thinking about other projects I can make with concrete. Who knows? Maybe I’ll make something for myself next time.
Did you like this concrete side table DIY as much as Lauren did? Let us know in the comments below!
Wondering what to do with leftover concrete blocks? Here’s a list of creative DIY projects you can make!