Come see how my DIY Concrete Table Top has held up after 2 years of use. See what I would do differently, and take a peek at couple of small changes that I’ve made.
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If you follow the DIY blog-o-sphere, you probably know that concrete counter tops have been super popular over that past 5 years or so.
Well, when it was time for me to update my kitchen table set, I turned to concrete and went the DIY route. Today I’m back to answer the most common questions I receive about this table. I also figured now would be the perfect time to show you how I’ve updated the space!
My DIY Concrete Table 2 Years Ago:
(click here to see the full tutorial)
OK – so for the nitty gritty. Here are the answers to common questions I get asked about this crazy DIY project.
How has the concrete held up?
Pretty darn well. And let me remind you. This table has withheld: paint, play doh, meal time, craft projects, crayons, markers, and so much more (my twins are 4.5 years old).
This table top never had the perfectly smooth, poured concrete look. It wasn’t in the cards for me and my patience level. I’m actually really glad that the concrete had some texture to it. As the concrete has worn, it has only added to the character of the table.
There is only one spot where the concrete has chipped away, showing the wood underneath.
Not to mention the dents from that time my son went to town with a meat tenderizer. Character, right!?!?!
What do you use to clean it?
I just use a mild cleaner (like Method or Mrs. Meyers) other times I just use vinegar/water mixture. The concrete sealer is so easy to clean!
Would you do it again?
Yes! I don’t think this will be our “forever” kitchen table, but it has been the perfect solution while the twins are young. My hope is to use this table in a craft room/home office when we upgrade to a large home – then I will invest in our “forever” table. For now, this is perfect.
What would you do differently?
I would have been more patient with the sanding, especially on the edges and under side of the table, now that I know how much use this table has gotten. The extra work would have been worth it.
Also – if I could have chosen, I would not do this to a table that had a leaf. Many people have asked me if the concrete cracks. The answer is yes – one small crack right down the middle where the divide for the leaf was located:
The Changes We’ve Made
- I bought this indoor/outdoor rug. For the longest time, I was hesitant to put a rug under this table – I was afraid it would be impossible to clean, and quickly get destroyed by my kids. But I’m really happy with this rug. It’s made from recycled plastic, yet super soft. It’s easy to vacuum, and when it needs serious cleaning, I can just hose it off outside!
- Added two new x-back farmhouse chairs – I’m absolutely in LOVE with them!
- I then refinished bench to coordinate with the new chairs. After stripping off ALL of the paint, I re-stained the top with a mix of mostly Golden Oak with a bit of Classic Gray. The legs got two coats of “Cannon Ball” from Ace Hardware.
- I bought new sideboard (major clearance from Target) and updated with peel-and-stick wallpaper. See the full tutorial here.
- See how I made this DIY chalkboard here.
- I upcycled cardboard boxes for extra storage.
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Mary Ellen Kirking says
Someday I want to try this look! You did a great job!