I think I am going through some kind of personality crisis! I will tell you what is changing and you tell me if it’s a crisis I should be worried about. K? K. I think I have been in my masculine energy way too much in the last 10 years. I have come to hate cooking, grocery shopping, cute clothes, doing my hair, and wearing makeup. But, I used to love all of those things and now, it is not that I hate them… They just feel so hard! Is it a crisis? Can I get back my girlie mojo?
I started to feel like my thinking was “wrong” a while ago but now I am at the point of making changes. So, I am starting with cooking. I went to the store this weekend and got everything I needed to cook all week. So far I have made Sunday dinner and Monday night dinner was a hit. I am on a roll!
Then guess what I had to do next? That’s right I had to make a table to sit at to eat. LOL
I was actually looking for a table for the longest time and the ones I love are WAY out of my price range so I hit Facebook marketplace. After looking for a little while I found the perfect table, but it was in pretty rough condition. However, I loved the shape of it! As you know, I love the French style so I wanted it to look like an old French antique, so here’s what I did to it.
I tried to remove the damaged veneer, but it was not budging. So, I debated on painting or staining to a dark walnut for the base. I always knew it would need casters so it would be easy to move and also because it is really short.
I decided to try my old favorite walnut wood tone spray paint (purchased at Michael’s).
It worked like a charm! I was so excited about how the base turned out. Check out the before and after.
Next, I added casters. Aren’t these adorable? You can find them here.
Okay, that was the easy part. Now, I had to decide about the top. I thought of getting a 42-inch circle and staining it but I knew that wouldn’t match so I would have to paint the base. That was the last resort. I thought about painting the top but it was rough, rough. I then thought about plastering it, but just wasn’t sure. Then, it hit me! Why not do concrete?
I had some quickcrete leftover from my concrete accent bowls. There was one concern. Most of the time you need to make a mold for concrete and the top of my table is an octagon. So, I had a bright idea but wasn’t sure if it would work or not. I decided I would try troweling on the concrete in a fairly even layer then place something shiny over the top to act like a silicone mold would.
Let me tell you waiting for the concrete to dry was soooo hard so I made dinner, watched Ted Lasso with my hubs, and made some of my favorite tea. Then the results were in…
Before the big reveal, take a look at how I did it.
DIY ConCrete table top
- Design Masters walnut wood tone spray paint
- Brass Ball Casters
- Concrete mixer attachment for drill
- Ryobi Drill
- Dollar Tree clear shower curtain
- Cooking oil (for the shower curtain)
- Plastic trowel
How to create a concrete table top
- Mix Your Concrete
Mix your concrete with water using your concrete drill attachment until you get to a cake batter consistency.
- Pour and Spread the Concrete
Pour out onto your table then spread as evenly as possible with your plastic trowel.
- Prepping Curtain
Spread cooking oil onto your clear shower curtain with a paper towel.
- Add then Smooth Curtain
Place the oiled shower curtain over your even coat of concrete then pull it tight. Use your hands to smooth over the entire concrete table top to even and smooth the layer of concrete.
- Wait… Wait…
Leave to dry overnight.
- Revealing the Concrete Table Top
Remove the shower curtain. Sand if necessary with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth any rough spots.
- Finishing Touches
Now, you can wax over the top with linseed oil or butcher block oil to seal. This step is optional.
Here it is… my concrete table top diy!
It’s practically perfect except one unforeseen anomaly. The shower curtain fold lines showed. So, I’m going to see if I can live with it (but I probably can’t) or put a thin skim coat down. Either way I’ll keep you in the know!
Still I’m calling this concrete table top a huge win! I love how it looks!!!!
Now, does this mean I have to cook dinner again this week?