We have this wall in our house that desperately needed a cool console table. After scouring the web we came across a console table with concrete top from the Heston Collection at Restoration Hardware that we loved. It looked relatively easy to build and we have been dying to try a concrete project so we decided that this was the one. Read on to see how we built this $1500+ Restoration Hardware table for under $200.
Time to Complete
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- (3) 50lb Bag Concrete Countertop Mix
- 3/4” x 4’ x 8’ Melamine
- 100% Silicone
- 6″ x 6″ Wire Mesh (Remesh)
- (4) 4 x 4 x 8′ Kiln Dried SPF Posts
- 3/4″ Pine Dowel
- 5″ Wood Screws
- 1-5/8″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Diablo SandNet Discs
- Stone Sealer
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Time needed: 2 days.
The tutorial below will show you the steps required to make your own console table with concrete top.
- Cut List
While I do realize there is going to be a lot of melamine waste, make sure to save it as it makes for great future concrete forms.
- Assembling the Concrete Form
- Creating Roundovers
- Pouring the Concrete Top
- Polishing the Concrete
After allowing ample time to cure, you can remove the top from the form by unscrewing the sides and pulling them off. Then carefully flip it over and begin the finishing process. The surface should be pretty smooth but to get a nicely polished surface start by removing any imperfections with a 120 grit sanding disc on an random orbital sander.
For applications like this where the finer particles would gum up typical sandpaper, I recommend the Diablo SandNet sanding discs. Not only are they easy to knock the dust out of (since they are a mesh disc), but they last way longer than ordinary sandpaper and they go all the way up to 400 grit for a polished finish. After the 120 grit is done you can move up to 220 grit and finish it off with 400 grit.
- Sealing the Concrete
There are many different ways to seal concrete and prevent staining. Some use wax. You can also use a low luster penetrating sealer like I did, or you can use one that adds a bit of shine to the surface. Or, if you like the natural look and character of ring marks from wet glasses and evidence that the surface has been used then don’t add any sealer at all. Your call.
- Assembling the Large Rectangle
- Attaching the Legs
- Attaching the Legs (cont.)
- Setting the Concrete Top