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Building a Concrete Coffee Table

Decorating with concrete can be a great way to add modern touches to a classic home, and building a concrete coffee table is an easy way to incorporate concrete into the design of a room.

Project Instructions

When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.

Step 1
Use a circular saw to cut four balusters into 12” length pieces and another four balusters into 18” length pieces.

Step 2
Sand down the rough edges of the balusters.

Step 3
Build the form for the concrete table, using the melamine as the base and the 2x2s or 2x4s as braces.

Step 4
Seal the form with latex or silicone caulk. Once the caulking is dry, wipe the form to remove dust and dirt, before pouring in the concrete.

Step 5
Mix the QUIKRETE® Countertop Mix , according to packaging instructions, and pour it into the form.

Step 6
Pack the concrete so that it reaches every corner, and vibrate the form with a hammer.

Step 7
Let the concrete cure for at least 48 hours before removing the form.

TIP: While the concrete is curing, cover it with a plastic sheet. This will help to control the moisture level and prevent against cracking.

Step 8
Remove the form and scrape off any residual caulk.

Step 9
Use the balusters to build the table base.

TIP: drill pilot holes before screwing, to prevent the balusters from splitting.

Step 10
Place the concrete slab on top of the base.

Shopping List

  • Commercial-Grade QUIKRETE® Countertop Mix in White
  • 36” Long 1” Square Fir Balusters
  • Melamine Board
  • Scrap 2x4s or 2x2s
  • 2” Trim Head Square Drive Screws
  • Latex or silicone caulk
  • Hammer
  • 18 Volt Cordless Drill
  • 18 volt Circular Saw
  • 18 Volt Impact Driver (optional)
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Safety Glasses