This summer we refurbished our arbor and outdoor sitting area, and one improvement we made was investing in some high quality patio chairs. The complete set included a matching coffee table, but it was so expensive that we just got the chairs. This got us thinking about making our own coffee table to accent the chairs.
After some brainstorming, we decided that a natural rock table would look nice. The frames of the patio chairs are black metal, so we figured a simple black steel stand made out of square tubing would look good.
This rock coffee table is a great weekend project because it only takes a couple hours of work, and the result is functional and extremely professional looking.
Another great thing about this project is it only cost about $60 in materials!
Step 1: Choosing the Rock
On Saturday morning we headed over to our local rock supplier (Shamrock) and sifted through their flagstone selection. It took about 40 minutes to find a piece that was the right shape, size, and color. Our rock was 65 pounds and only cost 15 dollars. We also purchased some brush-on sealant because since we are using the rock as a coffee table, we didn’t want spilled drinks to stain it.
Step 2: Seal the Rock
Follow the instructions on the sealant and seal the rock. We got a water-based sealant and applied two coats with paint brushes. It was super easy to put on, and didn’t change the color or texture of the rock at all. The sealant definitely works because after we applied it, water droplets beaded up instead of absorbing into the surface.