I am so excited to share this DIY project with you all! This DIY concrete side table is the perfect industrial/mid century inspired accent table for your home. And the best part? It’s so easy to make! Follow this step by step tutorial to make your very own concrete side table.
Heres everything you’ll need to make this concrete side table:
STEP 1: Mark the bucket
The first step in making this DIY concrete side table is prepping your buckets! You’ll need 2 multi purpose buckets – I used these ones from The Home Depot. Using the tape measure and pen, mark a line 2″ on the inside of the bucket. This will be your guide so you know how much to fill the bucket with concrete.
It’s really important to select your multi purpose buckets carefully. Check to make sure the bottom of the bucket is flat and the shape is not warped. I found this out the hard way when I discovered the bottom of my buckets were all warped and wavy. If you run into this problem, like I did, you can sand down the table top after it’s fully dry.
STEP 2: Mix the concrete
Now onto the fun part, mixing the concrete! Even by following the instructions on the cement bag, mixing the concrete is a bit of a guessing game. I suggest starting small and work your way up by adding more concrete and water as needed. Mix the concrete until you have an even consistency that holds its shape.
STEP 3: Pour The Concrete
Next you’ll transfer the mixed concrete into your clean bucket. Add the concrete slowly up until the 2″ marked line. Once the concrete is filled to the line, tap the sides of the bucket to remove air bubbles.
STEP 4: Insert The Side Table Legs
Next you’ll insert the wood side table legs into the wet concrete. I used these wood furniture legs and they worked great! Gently jiggle the legs to remove any air pockets. Make sure the legs are spaced equal distance apart. Set the bucket aside for 1-2 days and allow the concrete to harden.
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STEP 5: Remove The Table From The Mould
After 1-2 days it’s safe to remove the table from the bucket mould. Gently remove the table from the mould by pulling the legs. Note: The concrete will still be a bit soft so please handle your new accent table with care! Leave the table to dry an additional 2-3 days outside the mould.
STEP 6: Stain The Wood Legs
This step is optional, but since I was going for a mid century feel I wanted to stain my legs a greyish brown color. I used this oil based wood stain, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Its the perfect grey/brown!
Finished DIY Concrete Side Table
And there you have it, a super easy rustic DIY concrete side table! Working with concrete isn’t exactly easy, but I love how this little project turned out. I left the bottom edge of the concrete rough because I think it adds industrial charm, but if you prefer a smoother look you can easily sand it down.
I’ve been itching to try some concrete DIY projects and now that I’ve completed my first one I can’t wait to try more! Stay tuned in the weeks to come for more great DIY concrete home decor projects.