I have finally finished my latest DIY project, which unfortunately took me over 6weeks from start to finish. But now that my table reno is completed, I’m pretty proud to share the outcome.
I bought a 4+ seater Freedom table and bench seat combo off Gumtree. It was the perfect shape/size that we needed, just didn’t match in with the other decor. It was a dark brown laminate, which had seen better days, chipped and scuffed from the previous owner.
I sanded back the laminate on the chairs and table to see what was underneath. It’s a pretty heavy unit so I was hoping it was something decent. The legs of both the table and chairs were a nice timber, the tops of the chairs and table were a thick chipboard. Which would still work well for what I needed.
I had done (what I thought) was a fair amount of research on concrete tables. I didn’t want to create a solid concrete slab just cover the existing table top. But the concrete was a bit of trial and error. First time it didn’t work, even after the back braking hours I spent smoothing, it just wouldn’t stick to the timber when dried. After extensive further research, I found the right cement to use and also a high grade clear/matte concrete sealer, and presto results! Process was time consuming and did end up costing more than expected, but hell of a lot cheaper than buying this new from a store. Now we can eat at our table again.
I lacquer the table legs in a nice natural stain and sprayed the chairs completely with a Black Satin for contrast.
Thanks for joining in the discussion. I will tag @Andadams for you as it was a while ago that she shared this fantastic project with us. I know one of our other prolific posters @ProjectPete was also contemplating concrete benchtops a while ago, so he might also be able to share his thoughts.
Thanks also for joining the community. We're really pleased you could join us, and look forward to reading more about this project and many others to come in the future. We have many helpful, experienced and knowledgeable community members who I'm sure will be happy to give you a hand along the way, and provide some inspiration, too.
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Thanks for the tag @Jason. Didnt end up going with concrete benchtops - went stone instead.
@Caron Unsure if hot items would be an issue but nothing a travet or tea towel cant easily fix.
Hey @Caron, thanks for reading my post. My concrete table is still going strong, still very pleased. Re hot items, treat it like any other surface, alway use a trivet before I put any hot items down.
@Andadams used the Ardex Feather Finish, would the Dunlop Ardit Feather Finish work just as well?
Although both these products are manufactured by Ardex, carry a very similar name and have almost the exact same characteristics, they are not made from the same ingredients. Given this, I don't believe @Andadams will be able to answer your question unless they tried this product too. It looks like @Andadams went through some trial and error, so it might be a similar case if you wanted to try the Dunlop Ardit Feather Finish. My concern with the Dunlop Ardit Feather Finish is that it is predominantly Portland cement. In contrast, the Ardex version has several other elements that might have directly contributed to the success of this project.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
thanks for the reply, I will just fork out for the Ardex Feather Finish
Keep us updated on your project @PDM, and reach out if you need any assistance. We're here to help.
I wish there was a way to “favourite” or save posts to have for reference later. This is a fantastic makeover, and I’ve been looking for a project to use feather finish on. Great that you got it to stick to chipboard. That opens up so many great project ideas …