Kmart hack: DIY concrete side table


Our love of concrete and Kmart hacks continues this year!

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

Pinterest image of DIY concrete side table

Items you will need:

  • 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


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, using approximately 8 cups of sand and 4 cups of cement. 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. 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.

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

Concrete top

Close up of side table

Concrete colours

What do you think of our concrete side table? We love the unusual colours and patterns the dye creates and were surprised with how smooth and shiny the top turned out!


  1. 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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