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DIY concrete side table: Kmart hack concrete side table

Our love of concrete and Kmart hacks continues this year! Today we’re going to show you how you can easily make a side table using just a couple of materials. Whether you love the contemporary industrial style or are simply decorating your home on a budget, this concrete table DIY is perfect.

This DIY concrete side table is so easy to make and cheap as chips! Here’s how we did it…

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Kmart hack concrete side table

Items you will need for the DIY concrete side table:

  • Kmart pot plant stand (we spray painted ours matte black)
  • Cement
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Old bucket to mix concrete
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plastic container (we used a plastic basin)
  • Fabric dye (optional)
Items you will need to make concrete side table
Materials you will need to make a cheap side table at home


1. Mix enough concrete to create a depth of 6cm in your plastic mould. Our mould has a diameter of 38cm and we used a ratio of 2 parts sand to 1 part cement as per the instructions on the packet. This worked out to approximately 8 cups of sand and 4 cups of cement. Hot tip: you want to create a smooth, cake-batter-like consistency.

Mix concrete
Mix concrete

2. Once your concrete is mixed well, sprinkle in half a packet of fabric dye. This is an optional step but we love the mottled colours the black dye created in our table. Another way to colour your concrete would be to add a concrete oxide. Gently stir but do not mix well as we want the marbled effect.

Add dye
Add dye

3. Pour the concrete into your plastic mould and gently tap the container several times on a hard surface to release any air bubbles from the concrete. We used a round mould to create a round side table but you could find a rectangular, oval or other shape to suit your style.

Pour into mould
Pour into mould

4. While the concrete is wet, place your pot plant stand in the centre. It should sit 2cm deep in the concrete (be careful not to push it to the bottom or it will poke through the top of your table).

Stand in cement
Place stand in wet cement
Place stand in wet cement

5. Allow to dry for 72 hours. This is by far the hardest step because curiosity can get the better of us, making us want to ‘check’ how it’s going. But any movement of the concrete while it’s drying can cause it to crack so STAY AWAY!!

6. Once dry, gently turn upside down and the plastic container should just slip away.

Finished concrete side table
Finished DIY concrete side table
Concrete top
We love the mottled finish of this DIY concrete table top
Close up of side table DIY concrete side table
This side table DIY also makes a fab plant side table for indoor plants of all sizes!
DIY concrete side table patterned finish
We created a round side table DIY but you could change the shape to suit your interiors

Concrete table DIY tips:

  • Get the consistency of your concrete right. It shouldn’t be too dry that it’s lumpy or too wet that it doesn’t cure properly. Think cake batter and you’ve nailed it.
  • Tap the wet concrete in your mould to release air bubbles. This will give you that perfectly smooth finish, unless of course you want a more organic look.
  • Don’t touch the table while the concrete is drying. Difficult we know, but if you disturb the concrete while it’s curing, you may crack the tabletop or damage it in another way.
  • Get creative. We always love seeing your spin on our DIYs. How might you take inspiration from this concrete table DIY and make it your own? Perhaps you want to add chocolate cement oxide to make a side table suited to the earthy luxe interior style that’s trending? Or use timber legs instead of a metal pot plant stand? There are so many ways you can make this furniture DIY tutorial your own.

What do you think of our concrete side table DIY? We love the unusual colours and patterns the dye creates and were surprised with how smooth and shiny the top turned out! This could also be a fab DIY bedside table or plant stand!

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Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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    1. Hey,

      Quick question: Do you find that with cement projects you need to coat the mould (plastic bucket) in something like vaseline? Or does cement just not stick to plastic (or certain types of plastic)?


      • Hi Kim, no I don’t use anything to coat moulds before… cement doesn’t really hold to anything unless it’s quite textured but you could spray the plastic with cooking oil (in a can) if you like πŸ™‚

    2. Hiya, how did you make sure it was level? I’m interested in trying to make this but i’m worried it would come out to stand on a lean.
      Cheers ?

      • Hi Beth, I simply placed the bucket on a level table and then tapped the concrete several times to release air bubbles. Because the concrete is wet and liquid-like, it naturally will be level. And for the stand, I just used my eye to make it as level as possible in the concrete but you could place a level on top to be sure. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

    3. That is so cool it’s not funny! Ha Ha. The fabric dye is an excellent addition. Try placing wax on the bottom of the container to make sure the table top comes out smoothly every time? Have you tried placing objects in the concrete prior to the pour, ie:sea shells, etc… If so do you think you would have to stick them down first? Thanks Sean

      • Hi Sean, thanks so much for your comment. I’ve made concrete step stone pavers with river rocks but haven’t tried sea shells before. I made the step stones by pouring concrete into styrofoam boxes and sitting the stones on top… you probably would need to stick them down a little if you did it upside down like this DIY as they would move when you pour the concrete in, or you could try gently scooping the concrete over the top? I’m a bit obsessed with concrete DIYs so you can definitely expect more of them soon πŸ™‚ And you’ve got my brain ticking of ways I could incorporate other materials in the concrete…

      • Thanks Shirley, we used cement mix without aggregate and got such a glossy smooth finish because of the plastic mould ☺️

      • He he Caitlyn, you might have noticed we’re just a tad obsessed with our concrete DIYs πŸ˜‰ this one is a fave though. Have fun making it! Xx


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