Cement Coating an Outdoor Table

Today is a fun mother daughter project at Homeroad! We are going to up-cycle a damaged outdoor table top and make it beautiful again! 

My very talented oldest daughter and I have done many projects together over the years. 

Today's project was a pretty easy one with a great outcome! 

Take a look...

cement table top after

My daughter Kasey found a Pottery Barn cement outdoor table on our local Marketplace. 

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It was in very rough shape but the price was right so she grabbed it.  Since the tabletop had so much damage the seller decided to give it to her for free!

outdoor cement tabletop before

The table was completely sturdy but the top was ruined, cracks and rust covered the top.

This was original a $2500 table so it was definitely worth saving!

cement with cracks and rust


Moving this 250 lb. cement table involved a truck, two men and my young and strong daughter. 

bucket and box of cement

Off to Home Depot to grab supplies to give the top a skim coat of cement and make it look new again. 

sponge and float

My daughter and I have done many projects together over the years., everything from apartment renovations to furniture restoration. Sometimes she does the work and I photograph it so when I say "we" I really mean "she". 

Kasey began by mixing the cement with water in a large bucket. She mixed it with a whisk to get all the lumps out of the cement. You will need to keep adding water and cement until you get the consistency of loose pudding. 

bucket with cement

Also, place your table in the center of a large tarp or area that can get cement drips.

Next, she poured out a puddle of the cement onto the table and began spreading it around the table. 

puddle of cement on table with float

Kasey continued this process until the entire table was covered. 

spreading skim coat of cement

Take a look at this quick video to see how the cement was smoothed:

Don't worry about any drips, just be sure to wipe them flat before they dry. 

       thick first coat on table top

The float was used to round and smooth the edges of the table. Any drips at the bottom of the edges was wiped with the sponge. 

smoothing the edges with a float

Keep spreading the cement until you get an even coat across the whole table. 

first skim coat on table

The first coat of cement on the table was left to dry in the sun. 

table with skim coat set to dry

Unfortunately, as the table dried the cracks from the original damage began showing through. I think it was because there was moisture in the cracks. 

cracks appearing in cement

     first coat of cement with cracks

Luckily, once the table dried the cracks did too and disappeared. 

When the table dried completely Kasey mixed up a thinner second coat of cement and smoothed it over the whole table. 

second coat of cement drying in the sun

The second coat hid any lines, lumps or bumps in the first coat.

finished second coat of cement on table

Once dry, Kasey sanded the table with sandpaper wrapped around a brick. This worked perfectly to smooth out any imperfections. 


The final step was to give the table top a couple coats of a spray sealer. This will protect the cement from stains. 

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cement table top with overlay

Eventually it will be time to work on the table legs. The legs will be sanded to remove any peeling stain on the original surface. A quick couple coats of a dark stain will make the legs look like new! 

damaged stain on table legs

While working on the table, mid-project, there was this slight disruption in the work, gazebo work began.

gazebo being built

Once the gazebo was built, the table project continued, we added new chairs! 

canopy with table and chairs

The table was looking great and this space with the new table and chairs looks amazing! Oh and that's Gus 🐾

outdoor table with chairs under gazebo

While you're here check out the outdoor string light poles we made together last year for this space! 

outdoor string lights with overlay


cement table under gazebo

Lastly, the legs are sanded and all we need to do is to stain the legs! This is the project that never ends! 

sanded legs

Side note: If you have any trouble with the color variations in your cement for any reason I would recommend using a cement colored outdoor paint over the top. 

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cement table top



I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .