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
- 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.