I just couldn’t get the Restoration Hardware Heston Coffee Table out of my head (See photo below)… but I also couldn’t fathom spending $1,500+ either, so I built it for 90% less than what the sell it for 😂 I have the whole process documented in the highlights over on my Instagram under “DIY Concrete Coffee Table” if you want to see exactly how I did it. If not keep scrolling for the step by step instructions.

Supplies Needed

Table Top Steps

  1. Cut each one of the sheets of plywood into a 36″ diameter circles
    • You can do this a few different ways. I started out by putting a nail in the center of the board and measuring out 18″ and tying a string to the nail and drawing the circle. Next I cut out the circle with my Jigsaw. Repeating for each of the pieces of plywood. Now depending on how good you are with the Jigsaw this may be the easiest route for you. I however had some inconsistencies with my circles so I went back with our router and and evened out the edges as best as I could before attaching all three of the circles together.
    • They do sell router bits that will cut the 36″ from the start and you will end up with a better product but no-one has come over and said anything about my uneven circles 😂
  2. Now to connect them together.. here is a step I DIDN’T DO but you SHOULD… GLUE AND CLAMP the pieces together and then use 2″ screws from both sides. I only used screws and this created a little bit of a headache for me down the road but I was able fix it. I used 8 screws on each side but you probably won’t need that many if you use the glue.
  3. Once your glue has set up and everything is solid its time for the cement! I mixed small batches as I didn’t want to buy another box if I didn’t need to. Mix 24oz of Feather finish with 12oz of water, I used my hand paint pale with the liners so it was easier clean up. With mixing such a small batch it will dry quicker as well so you will want to work quickly.
    1. Apply a thin coat, starting around the edges and then the top.
    2. You want it as thin and smooth as possible. I found it easiest to achieve this by tilting the trowel outwards (top away) and spreading the product out and then tilting the trowel the opposite direction (bottom away) and pulling the mud towards me. While working in a circular motion around the table top.
    3. Once it is dry you will need to VERY lightly sand it with 220 grit, you are just trying to get rid of the rough edges and semi smooth.. that is it. You are not trying to get it like a baby’s bottom.
    4. Wipe it down and apply your second coat, try to make it as smooth as possible, so there is less sanding to do.
    5. Let it dry and then sand again.
    6. Repeat the process one final time with the 3rd coat.
  4. Now that you have 3 coats and the table is smooth.. your almost done 😀
  5. You can go straight in with the polyurethane, but… I took White Wash Stain and cut it with Willow Grey Stain until I got a light grey color that I liked and then I painted it onto the table (and then I PANICKED.. lol) This why the Instagram highlights stop right before this 😂
    • I thought the stain would still let the concrete show through but it didn’t.. so I let it dry and then we back in with the 220 grit and sanded until I got a weathered/worn look that I loved!
  6. Wipe down and apply the polyurethane.
  7. Once you complete the legs and the top is dry, attach from the underside with glue and screw, I did 2 screws per leg (so 8 screws holding the base to the top).

Table Base Steps

  1. Cut down your cedar boards 4 boards at 30″ at the long end of the 45 and 4 boards at 14″ at the long end of the 45
    • If you are not comfortable with Half Lap Joints (how I did it) you can make the base following the below steps.
      1. It’s easiest if you make 2 pairs for this method
      2. Find the center on 1 of the long boards for each pair, and mark it.
      3. Now measure the width of the other long board (not all 2×4’s are 1.5×3.5’s) in each pair.
      4. Take the width of the board you just measured for the corresponding pairs and divide that number in two.
      5. Take the first board you measured (the one with center marked) and measure out the distance you just found in step 4.
      6. You should have 3 lines on the board now, the two other lines should be the width of the other long board in the pair. You can check this by laying the “width” board on-top of the “marked” board.
      7. Once you know the marks are correct. Cut on the two outer lines.
      8. Now connect the two shorter boards to the long board (center to center) using wood glue and a Kreg jig and Kreg screws (Make sure to drill your holes on the long side so that the top/floor will hide them).
      9. Repeat with the other pair.
      10. To connect the short pieces to the long pieces, apply wood glue to the edges and screw together (again screwing from the long boards so they will be hidden once the table is done).
    • Ok so now onto how I did it.. I did half lap joints, but I haven’t been doing wood working long enough to feel confident in my ability to talk you through it, but you are in luck! Dusty with Dusty Lumber Company has a video showing you how it should be done.