How To Create An Outdoor Stone Table With Ready Mix Concrete
Among the most enjoyable tasks property owners can do is creating outdoor furniture. Plenty of people found out that it can be less stressful to manage as opposed to other DIY projects since it does not always need to be perfect. Moreover, you can work with old furniture you already have at hand and give it a new look especially when it is already damaged.
An outdoor stone table is one project you can take on. This is somewhat easy using DIY concrete supplies. If you haven’t worked with concrete before, that will not be a problem because this piece of furniture isn’t just low maintenance but also comes together quickly. Moreover, it can withstand the changes in weather. And when you have bought the wrong item, it will be easy to trade concrete supplies for those you’ll need.
Bring out your old table and spread a thick sheet of melamine – this will serve as the base. Create a border around the table using PVC molding and extend it based on your desired thickness for the tabletop. After that, screw the molding.
You can actually make use of different sizes of containers like ice cream tubs and old cans to create a very easy design for the tabletop. Consider removing the tops and bottoms – this will act as your design stencil.
Add water to the ready mix concrete. You have to make small batches of different colors of concrete. You can also make use of different coloring pigments to achieve the hues you desire.
Coat the table’s surface, the molding and the containers with cooking spray. Pour the concrete on the table while the different colored concrete into the containers. With a rubber mallet, consider tapping the underside of the table to guarantee that there will be no air bubbles in the concrete. Don’t forget to even out the surface using a trowel. Level also the concrete with a wood board. To completely even the surface, you must use a back and forth motion.
Wait for 2-3 days so the concrete will completely dry. After that, remove the mold and flip the concrete slab over. Using a sealant, seal the surface. Know that sealants are available in different finishes, which include wet, satin and matte.
With a masonry drillbit, drill the holes onto the table. Fasten the concrete slap using concrete anchors. That’s it, you now have a piece of outdoor furniture that will surely last for a very long time with just your ready mix concrete a little water and a little of your creativity.