This week I've focused mainly on projects/ideas that take very little skill, time, or cash. Today I am going to step up the skill level just a bit, but I think you'll agree the extra effort is worth it. :)
Sometimes I make things out of necessity, but most of the time I make things because I have an off-the-wall idea that I want to try out. I've been sitting on this combo concrete and wood side table idea for months now, and I finally got around to fleshing it out! :)
Any ideas on how I made it?! You'll be surprised at how easy it is! :)
Let's start with a materials list. You will need:
- A Circular Concrete Form (find these at Home Depot or your local concrete supplier)
- Wood Bath Mat (mine are from Target)
- Construction Adhesive
- ARDEX Feather Finish (find a distributor here!)
- Concrete Sealer
Step 1- Cut your concrete form down to the desired size. We used a table saw, but you could use a jigsaw or hand saw.
Step 2- Use a jigsaw to cut out a 3/4 inch plywood circle that will fit just inside the concrete tube. Try to make this a nice, tight fit, but don't worry if the piece is slightly undersized.
Step 3- Screw or nail the plywood piece into place so that it is flush with the top edge of the concrete form.
(You may be wondering why my piece all of a sudden turned green. We used this in a commercial a few months ago and had to paint it because we were shooting on a green screen. That is the only reason it is green. You do not need to paint your piece green.)
Step 4- Next, mix up your ARDEX Feather Finish to a pancake like consistency and use a trowel to cover the whole piece. Make sure you add a little extra Feather Finish to the edges so that we can sand things down without revealing the tube underneath.
Tip- ARDEX dries very hard, which means it is difficult to sand. I've learned that if you use a very fine grit sand paper before the ARDEX is totally dry, you will get a nice, smooth finish with a fraction of the work!
Step 5- Once the ARDEX is completely dry and you have sanded it down to your desired finish, use construction adhesive to attach the wood bath mats around the concrete form. Once the mats were in place on my piece, I added extra adhesive around the top and bottom edges. Use ratchet straps to hold the mat(s) in place until the construction adhesive dries completely. (PS- I made sure to cut my concrete form so that the height of the mat matched up perfectly. This made the fabrication super easy!)
Step 6- Use concrete sealer to keep the top of the table from getting stains. We like GST's Satin Seal Acrylic Sealer (order it here!).
And here's the final look!
I love the texture of the wood tiles. And I think the warm wood and the cool concrete are a nice combo.
Overall the piece is functional, textural, and affordable- that's a win in my book! :) What do you think?