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A set of two concrete paver side tables, sitting on a wooden floor

Overview

A trio of concrete pavers is upcycled as mini side tables in this simple but stunning project.

Steps

1Smooth your pavers

Place the pavers upside down on a clean surface. Smooth around the edges with 60-grit metal abrasive paper. Place the pavers on timber offcuts to elevate them off the workbench, then smooth around the sides and tops with 120-grit metal abrasive paper.

Person sanding grey concrete paver

2Clean your pavers

Spray tile cleaner over the tops and sides, wipe with a cloth, then spray with water and remove residue with a clean cloth. Leave to dry.

Person wiping grey concrete paver

3Apply sealer

Apply sealer with a mini roller, leaving it to soak in for a few minutes, then apply a second coat before it dries. Repeat for a third coat, keeping the surfaces wet. Wipe around the base to remove drips, then leave to dry thoroughly.

Person applying sealer with a roller

4Measure and cut ply

Referring to photo 4 above, mark 450mm from the bottom left corner of the plywood. Use a protractor to mark 60º at the corner and your mark, then use the square to draw a triangle of equal sides. Leaving a gap of 3mm between each, draw a 370mm triangle along the top edge, then a 300mm triangle. (Setting them out like this minimises the number of cuts.) Use a handsaw to cut triangles, following the order shown, working off the edge of a stable workbench.

Tip: Cut along the outside of the line as the 3mm gap allows for the width of the saw blade.

Measured cuts marked on ply with permanent marker

5Add the leg plates

On the triangles, position leg plates 50mm from the corners, marking the holes and along the tips. Remove the corners with a handsaw, then drill the screw holes with a 2mm bit and the centre holes using a 6mm bit. Secure the leg plates with the supplied screws. Attach 150mm legs to the 300mm base, 230mm legs to the 370mm base, and 400mm legs to the 450mm base. Sand the legs with 180-grit paper and add self-adhesive glides to the bottom of each leg.

Person screwing table leg into tabletop

6Glue base to paver top

Use a measuring tape to centre the bases on the corresponding pavers and mark around them. Apply adhesive, re-position the bases, clamp and leave to dry.

Handy tip: A standard 18mm-thick plywood sheet is 1200mm x 600mm, but since the table bases only require half, have it cut widthways in store so it's easier to manage. The 18mm thickness allows for the length of the leg bolts and avoids having to drill into the concrete.

Person applying glue to base of grey concrete paver

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Photo credit: James Moffatt

 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.