I wanted  a cheap coffee table, so I went to Ikea and picked up a Lack coffee table for $20. It was a little plain, so I decided to customize it a little.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

IKEA Lack Coffee Table ($20)
12 ft. 1x6 boards ($10)
Bag of concrete ($3) (I used standard quikrete concrete. For a smoother finish you may want to try masonry concrete)
Wood filler
Wood glue
Wood stain (Your choice. I used golden oak)
Wood finish (There is usually satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Again your choice)

Saw (Table, circular, jig, whatever you're comfortable with. I used a table saw)
Concrete trowel

Concrete polisher (hand pads or angle grinder)
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Nice idea, although the mods have doubled the price. To get a smooth surface on the concrete, you could try applying vibration which settles the concrete, removes air pockets and leaves the finest aggregate at the top (so is smoother, often dead flat). You could use a mains operated vibrating massager on the edge of the table, they are powerful. Not to be confused with any torpedo-shaped er, personal massager...!
<p>those will work as well. but the looks uill be getting, at the place that sell them.</p>
I haven't tried any of these products yet, but supposedly their GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) products can produce a very smooth finish: <br>http://store.concreteexchange.com/CHENG-Concrete-Online-Store_5/GFRC-Tools-and-Equipment_2. Thanks for posting your project.
<p>actually straight up concrete powder, no filler stuff can be made almost mirror smooth.</p>
Thanks for the link! I'd like to do more stuff with concrete, so I might have to try that stuff out.
Very Cool!! You could also try tinting the concrete, or embedding objects in it, although I really like the elegance of your table.
I like the embedding part.
Thanks! I thought about using some stain or that powder stuff you mix into the concrete, but I never got around to it.
Love the idea have you considered the use of concrete dye?
I thought about dyeing the concrete, but I ended up liking the color of the plain concrete with the wood. I've heard you can even use wood stain on concrete, but I'm not sure how well it would work.
Really nice idea. How much heavier did the table become after the modifications?
It was a little heavier, but the concrete was only 3/4&quot; thick, so it wasn't crazy heavy. I can still pick it up and move it easily.
What a good opportunity to learn to cut exact 45&ordm; s! Chop saws have click-stops at 45, and table saw pushers have exact angles marked. Not as easy by hand, so we use those big orange triangles to guide the saw.
I used a table saw pusher set to 45&ordm;, but it didn't have a click-stop, I guess it was off a little. Some of the angles ended up being 44&ordm; instead of 45&ordm;. I guess I'll try to be more precise next time!
You can always polish concrete with a diamond polishing kit. It's not in everyone's tool box but it is an option. Check out Cheng concrete counter tops online. There are many ways to form concrete. I like to vibrate all the air out and finish with a slurry of mortar personally in the way you have worked this project. But like danzo321 said to get a glass finish with out a lot of work later, you have to finish against a slick as glass surface, but don't forget to vibrate those bubbles loose. I've build a couple concrete counter tops, all formed off site on a specialized table. They where poured upside down then flipped to install. Concrete is a fun medium to work with. Keep up the good work.
If anyone wants truly slick concrete, you get it by casting against a slick surface, such as plate glass or shiny formica. Build your form and use silicone glue to glue it down, and maybe make barely-rounded corners. Lift the concrete after a few days and just drop into the wood frame. If you were careful to measure and make perfect 90&ordm;s, it will look great. Gluing bits of tile, metal and glass down before pouring crete will give lots of surface appeal (This is how we do countertops.)
You can add small amounts of water to wet crete to make it flow better. Just don't try it when crete is taking a set.
I'll second that, but also add that I would've made a form for the concrete and do that separately, then you can finish the concrete with a grinder and get a smoother finish. Also if you're adding glass beads or other things to give it some &quot;busy-ness&quot; this would allow you to grind it down so that it's all flat, or just leave it as is and enjoy the texture.
Broken glass is also something some people do.
I could see making a mosaic table top like this. Thanks for the good directions.
Nice table! <br>I may try something like that with a picture frame - possibly? I make lots of mistakes when trying something new and appreciate your candor/honesty in not getting the angles right and stuff and how to do the finishing, or -in my case- damage control. Gives it character too.
Sweet hack. Three major ingredients and a nice bump up from a mere paint job.
an interesting idea....especially if replacing a broken or missing piece of marble/whatnot

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