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Here’s a great looking option for a DIY buffet table that cost me less than $100 in materials to build! The base is made mostly of reclaimed pallet wood, and the top is QUIKRETE concrete.
Using smaller dimensions could easily turn this into a console, sofa, or entry table as well.
Tools and Supplies
Buy the tools and materials you need for this project at The Home Depot online and have them shipped to your door or pick up your order at your store!
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- DEWALT 1/2 in. Corded Keyed Mid-Handle Drill
- DEWALT Circular Saw
- DEWALT 1/2 in. Drill Driver
- DEWALT Random Orbital Sander
- DEWALT Angle Grinder
- DEWALT Tape Measure
- DEWALT Utility Knife
- Finishing Trowel
- RIDGID Pointing Trowel
- RIDGID Gum Rubber Grout Float
- QEP Mixing Paddle
- Leaktite Mix Bucket
- 5 Gallon Homer Bucket
- Diablo 7-1/4 in. Fine Saw Blade
- Empire Straight Edge
- HDX Rubber Mallet
- Wooster 3 in. Pro Nylon/Polyester Flat Brush
- Firm Grip PRO-Fit Flex Impact Gloves
- HDX Disposable Nitrile Gloves
- RZ Mask Dust Mask
- Carpenter Pencil
- QUIKRETE Countertop Mix (Special Order)
- KILZ 2
- BEHR #BL-W09 Bakery Box
- BEHR #770E-3 Pewter Mug
- Melamine White Shelf Board (I used 4×8 sheets. May need to special order.)
- Polyblend Delorean Gray Non-Sanded Grout
- 3/8 in. Rebar
- Grip-Rite Rebar Ties
- Grip-Rite 3 in. Exterior Screws
- Grip-Rite 2 in. Exterior Screws
- DAP Acrylic Latex Plus Silicone Caulk
- HDX Plastic Sheeting
- Furniture Safety Strap
How To Build A DIY Buffet Table With Pallet Wood, Concrete
- Build the table base.
I used 2x4s for the supports and reclaimed pallet wood for the legs and bottom shelf slats.
- Paint the table base.
- Build the concrete top.
- Secure your table to a wall.
The Home Depot offers an assortment of furniture safety straps.
DIY Buffet Table Base
Pallets are a great inexpensive resource for wood. I have access to free pallets and crates from a local boat factory; check around, you might be able to get yours free too.
As you can see in the photo above, this table base is an easy build. The dimensions I used are 20″W x 65″L x 33″H. The bottom shelf slats are about 18″ in length and aren’t spaced perfectly to add to the rustic look.
I left all of the rough saw marks, splits, holes, and knots intact. The more, the better in my opinion!
After the KILZ primer and BEHR coats have been applied, sand the base frame down in random spots to add a distressed, rustic look.
For an in-depth look at making concrete tops, see my article How To Make Concrete Countertops. Most of the same steps can be used for this table top.
The only real difference is I made this top to be 1 1/2″ thick instead of the 2″ thickness I used for my kitchen countertops.
Once your table is built and you’ve set it in place, be sure to secure it to a wall with furniture safety straps!
Bryan is a husband of 17 years and a father of four. He worked in various construction trades in his younger years and more recently was a General Manager for a hand-forged iron furniture store and restaurant.
For several years he has worked full time on this blog and has partnered with various brands including The Home Depot, QUIKRETE, Ryobi, Sinkology, Rust-Oleum, Wagner, BEHR, Disney, Best Buy, and many more.