Cast the tabletop and trough in one piece, then make it shine.
Concrete, LED lights, and a built-in beverage cooler. What more can a guy ask for? Well, a cold beverage in that cooler I’d suppose! Check out this step-by-step tutorial and video to see exactly how you can create your own LED-lit concrete table to jazz up your patio.
This concrete-topped table features an integrated concrete trough for beverages and built-in acrylic coasters to set your drink on. LED strip lighting from BirdDog Distributing shoots through each coaster and runs through the trough too, to light up glass bottles, pint glasses, and wine glasses. The lighting changes colors and is waterproof, so it’s the perfect solution to light this concrete table.
The cost to build the concrete top with the LED lights was $244. The base was made out of construction grade pine and sealed with spar varnish for about $75. Total cost for the table from start to finish was $319. This is a 2- to 3-week project due to the time needed for the concrete to cure.
The trough measures 36 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 7 inches deep. You’ll be able to chill plenty of beverages!
The table is very heavy, due to the fairly large slab of concrete and the extra weight of the trough. I built the trough out of concrete because I thought it would be neat to have the whole thing in one piece, and I had a tough time finding a nice-looking metal trough that was affordable — and I didn’t want to settle for a plastic planter box from the home and garden store. It’s built similar to the high-end concrete sinks you see at fancy restaurants, where the counter is all one piece.
Complete step-by-step instructions are detailed below. You can watch the complete video tutorial as well. Other helpful concrete table videos can be found on the DIY Projects with Pete website.
COMPLETE VIDEO TUTORIAL
Eye protection is recommended throughout all steps.
Rubber gloves should be worn while mixing, pouring, troweling, polishing, and sealing the concrete.
Hearing protection should be worn while using the miter saw and table saws, and during the polishing process.
A dust mask or respirator should be used during the mixing process.