I am sharing how to make a DIY Faux Concrete Coffee Table with spray paint. This project is very easy to create and is perfect for someone who has never painted furniture before.
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I am participating in the One Room Challenge. It is a challenge where you have 8 weeks to completely makeover a space and I am creating an Outdoor Space at our Lake House.
After purchasing new outdoor furniture, spending the high price for a new concrete coffee table is not wise at this time.
The Paint Technique
I have painted lamps and planters to look like concrete so I know that I can make a coffee table look like concrete with paint. Do you notice in the lamp base how I used several colors of paint randomly? I used white paint and a couple of gray colored craft paints.
Since this table is so large, I thought it would be easier to spray paint the piece. The concrete tables that I have seen feel smooth without any texture so that is the look that I am trying to achieve.
Honestly, the hardest part may be finding an old table to paint that is the shape of the table you desire. In my opinion, thrift stores are the best place to find a table to paint. Just keep in mind to look at the shape of the table, not the color of the table.
While thrifting, I saw this pink round table for $10 and I knew that it is exactly the shape that I want my faux concrete table to be. My family thought I was crazy when I brought this table home.
Supplies-I am sharing how much paint I used. You may use more or less depending on the size of the piece that you are painting.
I would use flat, satin, or matte finish paint. I would not use high gloss paint.
A topcoat if you desire to seal your table
Placing the table on 2 sawhorses made it easy to spray paint.
Spray the darker gray primer onto the table with very light coats. Do not try to coat the entire table with paint at one time because that is what causes runs in the paint. It will take several light coats to get good coverage. Let the paint dry well before adding another coat.
This is what the table looks like after my first coat of primer.
The table after my second coat of primer.
It took almost two cans to get three coats of primer. There is a little bit of pink showing through but since I am going to apply another color of spray paint, it will be covered. Let the paint dry well before continuing with the other colors.
A small amount of white spray paint
Apply random patches of white or off white spray paint. This will help give the appearance of concrete. What you see in the picture above is all of the white that I used. I did not try to get any coverage, I just wanted a little bit of white paint to show through the top light gray coat of paint.
Final coats of lighter gray spray paint
Spray the piece well with the lighter gray spray paint. Remember, you want the other colors to show through to give the appearance of concrete.
If you use a topcoat or sealer, let the painted piece dry well. I would let the paint dry overnight.