Made to last: 8 creative ideas for building sturdy furniture and decorations with concrete


Furnishing your home with new furniture and decor can be a tedious endeavor. It seems like you either have to splurge for high-quality craftsmanship or sacrifice durability for an affordable price. But what if you don’t have to make that choice? While concrete might not be the foreground when considering building your own furniture, it is actually an ideal material to work with. It is easy to use, durable, and can handle a lot. QUIKRETE makes your job even easier with its pre-mixed and conditioned concrete products. In fact, you can make tables, lamps and other decorative pieces for your home using just one bag of QUIKRETE. Read on for inspiring ideas on how to make durable furniture with QUIKRETE supplies.

1. Coffee table

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Guests will be amazed to find that this modern coffee table does not come from a fancy Scandinavian store, but rather that you made it! What’s even more impressive is that it only requires the QUIKRETE countertop mix, melamine panel, and spruce balusters. The mold is made of melamine, which you then fill with QUIKRETE Countertop Mix. While the concrete is hardening, you can build the base of the baluster. After 48 hours, you can place the concrete slab on the balusters. Watch this video for start to finish instructions.

2. Terrazzo table

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Terrazzo is a trendy material, but it doesn’t come cheap. Morgan and Sean McBride of Charleston Crafted learned how to replicate the look using QUIKRETE Countertop Mix with broken glass tiles and added stones. They also included a hint of teal dye in the mix for an added effect. The McBrides placed their “terrazzo” concrete slab on a wooden base to create a side table. Check out their blog post for directions.

3. Lamp

Photo: Quikrete via Yuni Min

Illuminate your space in style with a chic lamp like this. While a large table lamp that fits on a budget is hard to come by, this DIY version is easy to make and the supplies are affordable. Yuni from Love Your Abode used a cylindrical plastic container for the pantry with a PVC pipe centered in the middle to create a hole for the wiring. Gently add QUIKRETE Concrete Mix to the mold and allow to cure for at least 48 hours before painting and adding the lamp kit. The best part is that the base of the lamp is totally customizable. While Yuni has chosen to add a marble effect accented with metallic paint, you can decorate it however you like. Check out Yuni’s instructions here.

4. Nesting tables

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Having enough surfaces and space for them is a common conundrum. These concrete nesting tables are a sturdy, modern upgrade to the flimsy folding table tops. The crisp lines and seamless edges may make you feel like they require technical expertise to build, but it’s actually so simple that a novice can do them. The secret? Lego. Create the desired tabletop mold from baseplates and LEGO bricks. Spoon QUIKRETE Countertop Mix and use a wooden dowel to push concrete down into mold. Once it has hardened for 20 hours, you can remove the bricks. Follow the instructions in this video to create your own nesting tables.

5. Bar table

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A high table is a versatile piece for the home. You can use it as a breakfast counter in the kitchen, as a console table in the living room, or as a home bar in the basement. While an industrial-style table like this would set you back a pretty dime if you bought it at a store, it’s actually quite affordable for DIY. Build a mold for the tabletop using melamine and rebar, and fill it with QUIKRETE Countertop Mix. After allowing it to cure for 48 hours, you can screw it into the base which is constructed from plywood and iron pipe fittings, then use QUIKRETE Acrylic Concrete Cure & Seal to protect the top. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to assemble your own tall bar table. Feel free to adjust the measurements to make it fit exactly what you want in your home.

6. Pet bowl holder

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Stop tripping over your dog or cat’s food and water bowls. This concrete feed station is rock solid and will not tip over at the slightest blow. The base mold is made of melamine and whiteboard with stainless steel dog bowls placed in the center. Pour QUIKRETE 5000 into the mold, making sure to push it down and into the corners, and add rubber furniture glides to prevent scratches on the floor. Allow 48 hours for it to harden before removing the mold. There you have it, a tip-proof power station! Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.

7. Storage of firewood

Photo: Quikrete via Leane Brenes

Stack your firewood in a stylish and organized way with a storage tower like this. All you need to do is make a simple square mold and insert long pegs into it. This DIYer used transparent rods, but you can use any material you like, such as pipe fittings. Mix and pour QUIKRETE Concrete Mix into the mold and allow to harden for 48 hours. After that you can screw the shelves together if you want or just stack the wood on top of each other.

8. Vase

Photo: Quikrete via Lindsay Zuelich

Show off your greenery in an unbreakable vase. This mod receptacle is made of concrete and plastic ornament, so even if bumped, it won’t shatter into a million pieces. Use melamine or scrap wood to build the mold and place the ball inside with the head positioned at the top of the box. Mix a bag of QUIKRETE Quick-Setting Concrete and pour halfway up the sides of the mold. Once it has hardened, which only takes 20-40 minutes, you can remove the mold and add a few flowers. Click here for photo instructions.

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