This post will show you how I made a DIY outdoor coffee table using concrete pavers and 2×2.
I first made over our tiny backyard for the spring 2018 One Room Challenge and shared everything in this post. Then in July I shared an update. Part of that update was moving the table and benches up to the balcony and creating more of a lounge space in the backyard.
We scored a great deal on a loveseat and two matching chairs on closeout at Target, but we needed a small coffee table to complete the space. I mean really small…it’s a small deck, and the new furniture took up a decent amount of space.
So I built one. 🙂
I wanted a concrete top but didn’t want to mess with making a mold, pouring concrete, setting it, etc. etc. So pavers are the next best thing! They might not look as good as one large concrete slab, but I think they look pretty damn good. As a bonus, I decided not to seal them, so they just act as coasters when you set a drink on them.
Here’s what I used:
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- 2×2 pine (cut list below)
- Random orbit sander
- 12×12 concrete pavers
- Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive
- Varathane wood stain in Kona
- Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane in Satin
- Kreg Jig and 2.5″ pocket hole screws
And here’s how I made our DIY concrete paver outdoor coffee table.
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Step 1: First I cut all pieces and used my Kreg Jig to drill all of the pocket holes. All of the 32″ and 8.5″ pieces have one pocket hole in each end. The 15.5″ pieces have no pocket holes.
Step 2: Next I assembled the base of the coffee table like so. Two 8.5″ pieces screw into each 15.5″ piece to create the legs Then the 32″ pieces also screw into the side of the legs (on the 15.5″ pieces) to connect each leg and form supports.
To construct the table, it’s best to either have a second set of hands to hold everything in place, or you can use clamps to keep everything secure.
Step 3: Once the base was complete, I added an additional three support pieces along the top of the table base to help support the pavers. I only used three small pavers, but they are heavy!
Once everything was dry, I ran adhesive along the entire top of the table and carefully placed each paver. I didn’t use clamps or add any additional weight because the pavers are so heavy themselves.
I let it dry completely before letting any rain get on it or before using it for anything.
We love it! In fact, I loved it so much I used the rest of my 2×2 to build a matching side table. I’ll be sharing the plans for those in the future 🙂
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