I like sticking it to the man. I shop at small business, by local foods when I can, and NEVER shop at WalMart. I also DIY things because I can.
Now, Hubby and I are moving in a few weeks. This apartment has a super cool industrial feel, with exposed concrete ceilings and duct work. Because I’m cool and hip, I wanted some piece of concrete furniture to pull it all together. So I did some searching on the interwebs and found these gems at CB2.
However, I’m not going to spend $400 or $600 for a coffee table. No sir, not me. But was I out of options?
So I got a nice little coffee table for $10, found it on Craigslist. Then, I went to Home Depot. I love going to Home Depot, especially in cute outfits (preferably pink ones) and walking around like I know what the fuck I’m doing. No, I don’t need you to tell me where X is – I’m a big girl and I can get it all by myself. I picked up some Henry Feather Finish cement (was going to get Ardax but they didn’t have any) and I also grabbed some sand paper, mixing bucket & paint sticks, concrete sealer, and a trowel – all for a grand total of $30 bucks or so.
I started this project on Saturday and finished on Sunday. Los gatos were locked away because I did not want paw prints all over my wet concrete.
I started by
sanding it myself making Hubby sand it. The darker spots is the particle board underneath, it’s much rougher and probably better for concrete to bind to, but ain’t no body got time fo that.
Then, as Hubby was napping (we were both pretty sick this weekend, I was feeling better than he was), I started icing my table. Seriously, it was just like icing cakes. The only difference was the cement started drying really quickly, turning clay-ish after about 5 minutes. But I got it done because I’m a boss.
At first, I started with smooth edges but later decided I like them rough and unfinished looking, just to remind everyone that it’s concrete. I let the first coat dry for two hours, sanded it down a bit, and added another coat and let it dry overnight.
The next day, I smoothed the top out some more, and removed some sharp points with sandpaper. Then applied a concrete/stone sealant. Concrete is porous and will absorb any water and we’re terrible at using coasters at home, so this was necessary. So I sprayed that junk on, let it absorb, and sprayed on some more. I think I did about 4 coats.
I now have a super fancy, concrete topped coffee table for about $40. Suck it, CB2. I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on your shit, cause I can make my own.