DIY outdoor dining table with tiled pillar legs

If like me you’ve been lusting after pillar leg furniture but can’t find a piece that just right β€” or it’s well out of budget β€” keep scrolling to see how I hacked my own outdoor dining table with tiled pillar legs. This is a DIY I’ve wanted to create for well over a year and I finally pieced together in my mind how to pull it off. I’m by no means an advanced DIYer… In fact, up until this DIY I’d never used a jigsaw, tiled… or made any furniture for that matter!

Here’s how I made my very own DIY outdoor dining table with tiled legs. I’d love to know what you think of it πŸ˜‰

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Items you’ll need:

  • 4 x Kmart oak look side tables (sold as a set of 2 β€” I’ll be using the smaller table size for another DIY table)
  • MDF board 2400mm long x 1200mm wide
  • White kitkat mosaics
  • 2 x 1000mm PVC pipe and end caps (used to give the side tables extra sturdiness)
  • Cushioned rubber floor protectors (to lift the table off the ground)
  • T-Rex glue
  • Waterproof (I used Gripset Fast Cure)
  • White grout (and measuring jug, bucket and stirrer to mix)
  • Feather finish
  • White oxide
  • Sealer (I used Stain-Stop by Lithofin)
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill and hole drill bit (large enough for the PVC pipe)
  • Sander
  • Trowel
  • Tile float
  • Paint brush
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
Outdoor dining table materials
Items you will need to make pillar leg table

Steps:

1. Come up with a design for your table. I chose a pill-shaped outdoor dining table with two large tiled pillar legs. You can get as creative as you like, designing a shape to suit your space.

Start by coming up with a design

2. I started by making the pillar legs. To do this, I found the centre point in each of the 4 side tables and cut out a hole large enough to feed through my PVC pipe. This is because these side tables are not designed to hold a large weight and I wanted to give the table more sturdiness by reinforcing the centre with pipe.

Then I glued 2 side tables on top of each other, fed through the pipe that I cut to size and glued it all in place. I repeated these steps for the second pillar leg.

I also added rubber furniture protectors to the base of the 2 pillar legs to lift the table off the ground.

outdoor dining table glueing legs
Then construct each leg

3. Then I glued my MDF board on top. Take your time to get the position right. You want your pillar legs to be in the centre and equal distance apart.

Next I drew out the curved edges. To do this, I found the centre point in the board and used a level as a guide (much like a giant ruler) to draw the curves.

Use a jigsaw to cut out your pill shape tabletop.

outdoor dining table design
Glue the tabletop on and mark out the shape

4. Then I sanded the edges to smooth out my cuts. This was my first time using a jigsaw so my lines were a bit bumpy.

concrete top table sanding
Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape and sand the edges until smooth

5. I cleaned the table and then used a paint brush to apply waterproof all over (tabletop and legs). You won’t need to do this if your table is indoors. But this one is semi-exposed in an alfresco area.

concrete top table waterproofing
If your table will be outdoors, it’s a good idea to waterproof it

6. Then I tiled the pillar legs. To do this, I applied T-Rex glue using a trowel and placed the kitkat mosaic tiles on top. I used 1mm tile spacers to get an equal distance between the mosaic sheets.

You can find kitkat tiles (also called finger tiles) in many sizes, colours and finishes, including natural stone, so you could get really creative!

tiled table leg tiling
Then I got to work tilling the legs

7. The next day, once the glue was dry, I grouted the pillar legs. You could use a different coloured grout to emphasise the tile shape but my tiling job isn’t perfect so I chose white grout. Mix up the grout following the instructions on the packet and use a tile float to get it in between all the tiles. Sponge off excess grout using a damp sponge.

tiled table leg
And once the tile glue was dry, I grouted the legs

8. Then I worked on the table top. I wanted to give this table a stone look top so I used Feather Finish (concrete render) and mixed in white oxide. I used a ratio of about 85% feather finish and 15% white oxide.

Once I mixed it well with water, I used a trowel to apply it evenly over the table top. You want to achieve a ‘cake batter consistency’ so it’s easy to apply but not runny. As you can see in the pics, I also used my hands to apply it onto the sides of the table.

concrete outdoor table top
Finally, it was time to apply a concrete finish to the tabletop

9. Allow the table top to dry fully before using a sander to smooth it out. Depending on the coverage you achieved with the feather finish mix, you may need to repeat step 8 and apply a second coat.

outdoor dining table sanding
I sanded it well in-between coats

10. Finally, I cleaned the table and applied one coat of sealer with an old rag. I did this by pouring the sealer directly onto the table and using the rag to rub it in using quick circular motions.

concrete outdoor dining table
And finished with a sealant

I won’t lie, this is one of the most complex DIYs I’ve made. But as someone with zero woodwork or tiling skills, I was able to make this table by myself and am thrilled with the results. My biggest tip would be to have patience, as you need to allow for a lot of drying time!

Do you have any questions about this DIY? Pop it in the comments below and I’ll get back to you asap. Or have you been inspired to make your own DIY outdoor dining table? I’d love to know what you decide to create!

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This article was first published in May 2022

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    6 COMMENTS

      • Hi Leighanne

        The 4 x side tables cost just under $200. However, I was left with 4 small side tables (as they are sold as a set of 2: one large, one small) that I used for another table.
        The MDF board tabletop was $85 (a little more expensive now).
        The Feather Finish was $120 per bag.
        The tiles were gifted but are available for about $11 per sheet (I think I used 34 sheets). To eliminate this cost, you could simply apply feather finish to the legs as well (plenty left over in the bag) and leave natural or paint white.

        I had the other products at hand but if there’s anything else you don’t have and need, you can find all the other items at Bunnings with prices available online.

        Hope this helps!

      • Hi Madeline, thanks for asking! The table is still going great. The top has a few micro cracks from heat expansion and contraction as it is in direct sunlight throughout the day but still looks fab. It’s my proudest DIY to date πŸ™‚

    1. Gina this is absolutely amazing! I love it! You should be so proud, especially on your first try! You’ve inspired me to have a go. I too have been lusting after this pillar leg and curved oval table design but struggling to find correct dimensions for my space. Yours is also the simplest instruction I have found. I always look forward to reading your blogs and tips (however somehow I missed this important post earlier). You really are inspirational and your tips are so functional and appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to help and inspire others. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :). off to Kmart I go!

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