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.
How To Make Concrete Countertops
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Recommended Tools and Materials:
- QUIKRETE Countertop Mix (Special Order)
- KILZ 2
- BEHR #BL-W09 Bakery Box
- BEHR #770E-3 Pewter Mug
- Melamine White Shelf Board (I used a 4×8 sheet. May need to special order.)
- Polyblend Delorean Gray Non-Sanded Grout
- 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
- 3/8 in. Rebar
- Grip-Rite Rebar Ties
- Diablo 7-1/4 in. Fine Saw Blade
- Grip-Rite 3 in. Exterior Screws
- Grip-Rite 2 in. Exterior Screws
- Finishing Trowel
- RIDGID Pointing Trowel
- RIDGID Gum Rubber Grout Float
- QEP Mixing Paddle
- Leaktite Mix Bucket
- 5 Gallon Homer Bucket
- Empire Straight Edge
- HDX Rubber Mallet
- DAP Acrylic Latex Plus Silicone Caulk
- HDX Plastic Sheeting
- Wooster 3 in. Pro Nylon/Polyester Flat Brush
- RZ Mask Dust Mask
- HDX Disposable Nitrile Gloves
- Carpenter Pencil
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 may 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.
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