How To Make A Concrete Tabletop

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Concrete is surprisingly manageable medium with an earthy vibe and unbeatable durability. It’s also forgiving – if you mix in a little too much or not quite enough water, you still be OK. Counter top concrete is done with a fairly dry mix that will set overnight.

Rough edges and small air pockets add rustic appeal to concrete. This project is relatively small ( the top is 24×48 inches ) so you can pour it without a wire –  mesh stabilizer and heavy duty frame. For a table top larger than this, you will need both. To make the wood base shown, see at how to make a table base.

Follow Instruction How to make a concrete tabletop below :

What you’ll need :

  • Concrete trowel
  • Rubberized work gloves
  • Shovel
  • Two 70 pound bags of concrete ( we used  concrete counter mix)
  • Wheel barrow
  • Hand held drill with paddle mixer
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Biodegradable colorant
  • 2×4 boards
  • 2x28x52 inch foam insulation board
  • Foam tape
  • Three 2x2x48 inch foam strips

 

  • Step 1

Tape the foam insulation strips together ( a ), forming a  24 x 48 inch rectangle.tape the rectangle to the foam insulation board.

  •  Step 2

Build a wooden frame from 2×4 boards to fit tightly around the foam frame. Set the mold on a solid surface.

  • Step 3

Mix colorant according to manufacturer’s instruction. We put a bag of pre measured colorant in a 5 gallon bucket of water ( b ) , then used a paddle mixer to blend.

  • Step 4

Mix concrete according to instructions. We poured the colorant into the wheelbarrow ( c ). added the concrete mix (d), and used a shovel to blend. The concrete is ready to use when it’s the consistency of cookie dough.

  • Step 5

Wearing work gloves, put concrete mix into the mold, pressing the mix into the frame ( e ). smooth with the trowel (f). follow manufacturer’s instructions to allow the concrete to cure.

  • Step 6

Remove the mold and place table top base. You’ll need two people to move this heavy tabletop.

 

 

 

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