Ashley sent me a sweet email last week. When I checked her out my jaw hit the floor. This girl is a very gifted photographer in Oklahoma. Her talent doesn’t stop with her photographs…she is brimming with interior design creativity as well.
Here’s the scoop. Ashley photographed Tim and Kara’s ALSO very snazzy home a while back. Then Ashley had the idea to commission Tim to create a concrete table top to replace the existing wood top on their dining table. Are you following me?
This is Ashley’s kitchen table before.
The table top frame. Tim used a smooth surface, it reminded me of formica. He screwed 4 pieces of wood into the larger board. The pieces stood out from the board about an inch & a half.
Tim used a higher grade of concrete, I am not sure exactly what it was.
Pouring some of the concrete. This picture shows one mix that did not have enough water and a more correct mixture.
Tim smoothing the concrete. Once the top was smoothed it dried (I think ‘cured’ is the technical word) for several days. The top of the table had a more unique hand troughed looked. The bottom was more uniform and smooth. We used the bottom side as the top side of our table.
This table is actually 3 boards pocket screwed to a base. The base was made of 3 old stair banisters from my parents house and then one turned leg to match the other three (my grandpa turned the 4th leg for me). We used 2×4 for the rest of the base.
After taking the table top out of the mold Tim sanded down all the edges using a hand sander that looked like a big rock (how is that for technical?)
To install the top to the base, Tim just applied gobs of silicone to the table base and then the guys set the concrete on top. The table is HEAVY…it won’t be going anywhere!
After installed we did several coats of a sealer on top. I don’t know what type of sealer it was. Tim also mentioned that some people top it off with beeswax, we haven’t done that yet, but might try.
Thanks for the tutorial Ahsley! I love the sleek, modern look of the concrete paired with the white, wood turned legs. I am so going to work on convincing my husband to consider this for our dining table.
To see Tim’s instructions on making concrete countertops go here.
To see more of Ashley’s blog and home go here.