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DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top

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This post will show you how I made a DIY outdoor coffee table with a concrete top, except you don’t have to pour any concrete! I used concrete pavers and 2×2 as a much simpler approach. This project is featured in 30 Builds to Put Your KregJig to Work.

DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top (Cheater Version)

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. 🙂

DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top

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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And here’s how I made our patio coffee table with a paver top.

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Step 1: Cut pieces and drill pocket holes.

First I cut all pieces and used my Kreg Jig to drill all of the pocket holes. You can download the free printable build plans here for the whole cut list and guide for pocket holes.

Step 2: Assemble base structure.

Next I assembled the base of the coffee table like so. First I created the two rectangles for the sides. Then I added the four longer stretchers to assemble the bulk of the base.

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.

outdoor coffee table base

Step 3: Add base supports.

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!

filling out the supports on the base
supports added to the table base

Step 4: Stain, finish, and add pavers.

I stained and finished the base using Varathane wood stain in Kona and Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane in Satin.

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.

DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top
DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top
DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top

And here’s the finished table. We love it! In fact, I loved it so much I used the rest of my 2×2 to build a matching concrete paver side table. You can see it in the first pic below.

DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top
DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top
DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top
DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top

**UPDATE**

Hey all, it’s been a little over a year since I shared my plans for a DIY outdoor coffee table with a concrete top. This post has been pretty popular, so I wanted to provide an update. We let the coffee table and side table sit outside, uncovered, all winter.

Keep in mind that there is a second-story deck above this area, so it was shielded from some of the elements. All I did this spring was thoroughly scrub everything down. You can read about that process in my post about how to get the yard ready for spring and summer.

Steps to Prep the Backyard for Spring and Summer

We did push the table out of the way when Ramona was first learning to walk and was very unsteady on her feet. You definitely don’t want a wobbly little baby/toddler around these concrete corners. But now that she is a much better walker, we have it pulled back out.

The only thing I might change—and might actually do some time this summer if I can find the time—is seal the pavers with Thompson’s Waterseal (see my post on using Thompson’s waterseal to seal clay pots).

DIY Outdoor Coffee Table With a Concrete Top

Using unsealed pavers means they act like giant coasters, which is great. But it can also be negative if you spill something on them like red wine or liquid candle wax from a mosquito candle. It is nearly impossible to clean it off.

But for now, we know it’s an outdoor table and isn’t going to be perfect. It’s still serving us really well and is the perfect size for this tiny space. Let me know if you build one!

Want to see more outdoor projects? Check out my DIY AC unit screen, my modern trellis build, and my water play table for toddlers.

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