how to build a concrete coffee table

How to Build a Concrete Coffee Table

Building a concrete coffee table is a great way to add a unique and stylish piece to your living room. Concrete is a durable material and can be used to create modern and minimalist looks in your home. The following steps will show you how to build a beautiful concrete coffee table of your own.


  • One sheet of 4-by-8 foot melamine-coated particle board
  • 30-pound concrete countertop mix
  • Wire mesh
  • Cement bonding additive
  • Speed mix drill attachment
  • Fiberglass reinforcing mesh
  • Tile nippers
  • Liquid rubber sealant
  • Concrete sealant
  • Paintable caulk
  • Steel trowel


  1. Use a saw to cut the 4-by-8 foot sheet of melamine into four pieces – two 24-by-48 inch pieces and two 24-by-38 inch pieces. Set the smaller pieces aside for now.
  2. Lay the two 24-by-48 pieces on the floor and use screws to attach the two pieces together to form a rectangular shape.
  3. Mix the concrete countertop mix according to the package instructions. Add the wire mesh to the mixture to give the table added strength.
  4. Add a few drops of the cement bonding additive to the mix and mix again.
  5. Spread the concrete mix inside the rectangular shape you created using the larger pieces of melamine. Use a steel trowel to level the surface.
  6. Cut four pieces of fiberglass reinforcing mesh and lay them over the top of the table. Secure the mesh in place with a few drops of liquid rubber.
  7. Mix a second batch of concrete countertop mix and spread it over the mesh. Be sure to trowel the mix to smooth the surface.
  8. Use tile nippers to cut the two 24-by-38 inch pieces of melamine into four pieces – two 24-by-33 inch pieces and two 24-by-8 inch pieces. Place these pieces around the perimeter of the table to create a border.
  9. Let the table dry for at least 24 hours. Then, seal the table with two coats of concrete sealant, allowing the sealant to dry between coats.
  10. For the legs, use screws to attach the two 24-by-8 inch pieces to the bottom of the table. Fill in any gaps with paintable caulk.
  11. Now, your concrete coffee table is ready to be enjoyed!

Congratulations! You’ve just created your own custom concrete Coffee Table. This unique piece is sure to add character and style to any living room.

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