DIY outdoor dining table with tiled pillar legs

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 — or it’s well out of budget — 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 😉

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Items you’ll need:

  • 4 x Kmart oak look side tables (sold as a set of 2 I’ll be using the smaller table size for another DIY table)
  • MDF board 2400mm long x 1200mm wide
  • White kitkat mosaics (I got mine from Tile Republic)
  • 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

These kitkat tiles (or finger tiles as they are also called) are from Tile Republic. They have many sizes, colours and finishes to choose from, including natural stone, so you could get really creative!

tiled table leg tiling

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

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

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

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

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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Entertaining Essentials | Winter Dining


Join us as we curate an edit of winter dining essentials; timeless, elegant furniture paired with a warm Italian-inspired feast ideal for hosting family and friends. 

As the months get cooler and we spend more time indoors, we turn our attention to winter dining. Think homely ‘comfort food’, shared with family and friends, before unwinding in front of a toasty fireplace – fine wine in hand. 

To complete est’s four-part entertaining series, we return to Victoria’s hinterland in Red Hill for our final instalment. Enlisting the assistance of KING and the expertise of Italian chef Joe Vargetto, est curates an ideal winter dining edit – guaranteed to make your next home event the talk of the season.

Produced in partnership with King

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Aperitifs and Antipasti

The key to a memorable winter gathering is ensuring your visitors are cosy and comfortable. Adequate furniture options allow guests to mingle before sitting down for the more formal part of the evening. For example, the kitchen area, usually full of chatter around the island bench, is ideal for the informal KING Cassia bar stool. More comfortable seating in the living room, such as the KING Oliver tub chair, Zaza sofa and Fleur bench, offers versatility and that all-important ‘sink in’ feeling as guests get reacquainted. 

The Main Event

As the heart of any dinner party, the dining room is the focal point where your guests will spend most of their time. The KING Issho dining table is not only spacious but sculptural – and also comes in a variety of sizes and finishes, suited to any sized dining room. Pair this with the King Amara timber dining chairs for timeless design, comfort and the option of timber, leather or premium fabrics to suit any colour scheme.

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Dessert and Digestifs

Conclude your evening in sweet style with Joe Vargetto’s winter dessert, followed by a nightcap savoured around the fireplace. Arranged for comfort, the living room includes the KING Zaza sofa, Fleur bench and Oliver tub occasional chairs, each allowing the space to be configured to suit your guest list. Tailored covers are easily removed for cleaning or replacing – allowing you to simply relax and unwind.

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Winter Warmer Menu

To curate an ideal dinner party menu, we turn to Siciliano: Contemporary Sicilian author and chef Joe Vargetto for his culinary expertise. Joe’s four-course feast is handpicked for its seasonality, taking full advantage of winter produce. As a result, all dishes can be prepared and ready to serve with little fuss from the kitchen – enabling you to spend more time with your family and friends. 

Antipasti: Duck meatballs with mandarin and kohlrabi sauerkraut

Primi: Jerusalem artichoke soup with pan-fried scallops and fried grissini

Secondi: Slow-cooked short rib with celery leaf spatzle

Dolce: Poached quince in chinotto, Zanzibar rum gelato

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Antipasti: Duck meatballs with mandarin and kohirabi sauerkraut

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Primi: Jerusalem artichoke soup with pan-fried scallops and fried grissini

Duck Meatballs with Mandarin and Kohlrabi Sauerkraut

Ingredients: 1 kohlrabi, 2kg duck breast, minced with skin on, 1kg minced beef, 200g cooked rice, 1tbsp olive oil, 1 large garlic clove, minced, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 onion, finely chopped, 200g breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped, 50g salt, 100ml vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. 

Sauce: 100g sugar, 20ml fresh orange juice, 20ml white wine vinegar, 1 pinch of salt, 4 mandarins, peeled and pith removed.

Method: Kohlrabi sauerkraut – Peel and finely slice the kohlrabi in thin batons. Add the salt to the kohlrabi and let sit for a few hours. Rinse well and add the vinegar to marinate.

Duck meatballs: In a small sauté pan over medium heat, add the sunflower oil. Add the garlic, coriander and cumin, and cook for two minutes until garlic and spices become fragrant. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, thyme, and cooled onion mixture. Set aside. Combine the breadcrumb mixture with the duck meat. Season with salt and pepper. Mix with your hands. Leave the mixture in the fridge for one to two hours (or in the freezer for 20 minutes) to firm up. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Lightly oil a rimmed baking pan. Roll the meat mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs and space them out evenly onto the baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. (Tip: Do not over-bake, as the meatballs will become dry).

While the meatballs are in the oven, begin to make the mandarin sauce. Add the orange juice, sugar, vinegar and salt. Be careful, as the mixture will bubble vigorously. Continue to simmer over low heat, occasionally stirring, until emulsified. Remove syrup from heat and add the mandarins. Allow infusing.

Assembly: Place the meatballs over a bed of sauerkraut. Place a segment of mandarin over each meatball and drizzle with sauce. Serves six.

See all recipes in Joe Vargetto’s cookbook: Siciliano: Contemporary Sicilian

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Secondi: Slow-cooked short rib with celery leaf spaetzle

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Dolce: Poached quince in chinotto, Zanzibar rum gelato

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The Block 2021: Week 8 — Living and dining rooms


Woooow! The living and dining rooms on this years Block have really surprised us! From elegant chic, classic Hamptons to retro cool, there’s so much diversity in the contestants styles and we’re loving it!

Get ready for some seriously impressive reveals this week!

Related article: The Block 2020: Week 7 — Living and dining reveal
Related article: The Block 2021: Week 7 — Kitchen week

Living room through to kitchen

Ronnie and Georgia

Stop it! Just STOP IT! Ronnie and Georgia keep on creating the rooms of our dreams! From that scalloped wall (a thousand times yes), their stunning lighting choices, the colour of the dining chairs, textures in the use of the Bouclé sofa, and just the overall flow of the rooms. Ok. It was everything! We loved everything.

The judges called it, “Classic, contemporary luxury, all combined for a beautiful space for life.” They also swooned over the perfectly placed tv and fireplace with a stone plinth matching the Caesarstone from their kitchen.

They commented on the lowered ceiling in the dining room with bar space. It created a feeling of intimacy, with the perfect execution of the grand, sky-high roofline being savoured for the living and kitchen space.

Cost: $47,001
Score: 29½ / 30 (judges score of 28½ + the gnome point, giving them joint 1st place)

Living and dining space
Living room with scalloped wall
Scalloped wall detail around fireplace
Dining room with olive green chairs
Bar area in dining room
View from dining table to pitched roof windows
Living space seating area with view to kitchen
Living room through to kitchen
Scalloped wall with fireplace
Fire place through to pitched roof windows

Mitch and Mark

That ceiling! It feels like living inside a garden greenhouse, don’t you think?! The striking row of Velux skylights flood the living and dining rooms with natural night. It certainly gives the wow factor the judges were looking for.

Mitch and Mark delivered another two spaces that felt very them. We appreciate they’re in keeping with the rest of the home’s look and feel which is clearly an important factor. And it just wouldn’t be Mitch and Mark without too much styling, now would it?!

We weren’t too crazy about their furniture choices. They felt a little heavy in the space.

The judges pointed out the space between the kitchen and living dining space felt a bit odd, too. Shaynna suggested a partition to create a hallway from the front door could help divide the space and give it a better sense of zoning.

Cost: $37,691
Score: 24½ / 30 (4th place)

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Velux skylights in roof
Dining room with pendant light
Round rug in living room with curved sofa
Fireplace and tv in living room
Living room with shelving space and dining room
Living room with curved sofa
Hallway table with pillar centrepiece
Curved sofa with view to kitchen

Tanya and Vito

Eight weeks in and Tanya and Vito FINALLY took out a win! It’s a pity they had to share the podium with Ronnie and Georgia (even if they were our fave space, yet again!) but hey, a win is a win!

Their sunken lounge, which greets you upon the homes entry was so cool with Darren calling it, “Fun, playful, cool and retro.” Shaynna loved the ‘work of art’ 5 round Velux skylights stating, “You guys have nailed it.”

The double-sided fireplace was our fave feature and we also loved the stylish shelving unit. The sheer curtains of epic proportions were truly dreamy, and we liked that they kept the styling simple and chic. The whole space felt very 1950s without being too over the top. While it wasn’t our pick for the win, we can see why they took out the well deserved top spot.

Cost: $49,618
Score: 29½ / 30 (joint 1st place)

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Sunken lounge with blue carpet
Sunken lounge with tropical artwork
Retro shelving unit
Sunken lounge
Double sided white brick fireplace
Floor to ceiling extra long sheer curtains
Double sided white brick fireplace with glass front
Pill shaped extra long dining table with twin artworks
Round skylights over dining room with timber flooring

Josh and Luke

We weren’t really sure how to feel about the living and dining rooms Josh and Luke delivered. While we’re not fans of overstyling (Mitch and Mark spring to mind!) this weeks reveals from the twins felt underwhelming and a little bland.

There’s no denying the star of the show is that Christian Cole dining table. It’s pure craftsmanship and a beautiful piece. The sideboard on the other hand, just doesn’t seem to fit the space. Other than the dining table and artwork, the dining space feels quite cold and dated… sorry boys but this isn’t our favourite.

We agreed with the judges when the said the space as a whole felt a little confused. The dining table, as beautiful as it is, was just plonked in the middle of the room and it just looks a little lost in such a huge space (or “Aircraft-hanger sized” as Neale put it). Darren suggested the boys could flip the dining and living areas, to which Shaynna agreed.

A couple of things we did like were the colour of the sofa and that contrasting light occasional chair. Although we could do without the blue feature wall…

Cost: $37,367
Score: 22½ / 30 (5th place)

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Christian Cole round dining table with blue velvet chairs
Low-walled glass fireplace with black sheer curtains
navy wall in living room with black sheer curtains
Blue wall with tobacco coloured sofa
Tobacco coloured sofa with black and navy furnishings
Living room with blue feature wall
Fireplace through to dining and kitchen
Round Christian Cole dining table

Kirsty and Jesse

It’s rough that Kirsty and Jesse only came third with an impressive score of 29 out of 30! Just half a point off sharing the win, it was another stellar week from Kirsty and Jesse who are coming in leaps and bounds of late.

It was described as, “Homely, comfortable and a space that feels like it’s been there forever.” Despite being a much smaller space than Josh and Luke’s, their spacial awareness, styling and furniture placement meant it felt a lot bigger.

We would have loved to see a different style of fireplace that’s more fitting with the Hamptons style but the judges praised the nib-wall two-sided fireplace. What did you think? The furniture choices were right on brief though and that raked ceiling detail is divine.

The space as a whole yet again felt very Hamptons, which we’re happy to see as the house feels like it has a cohesive look and feel. They’re also not afraid to do things a little bit outside the Hamptons box, like with their wallpapered sitting room feature wall. Look, it’s not to our taste but it works in the space so hats off to them for keeping things interesting.

Cost: $47,864
Score: 29 / 30 (3rd place)

Dining and living rooms with neutral colour palette
White dome light in raked ceiling above dining table
Dining room with extra long table and raked ceiling
Stone nib wall around fireplace
Living and dining room in neutral colour palette
Living room with built in shelving
Blue striped feature wall seating nook by kitchen
Rattan tray on coffee table with blue striped wall
Couch with extra cushions and blue striped wall

What were your thoughts on the living and dining rooms? Did your fave win? And did you agree with the judges comments? Chat with us in the comment section below!

Be sure to check out The Block Shop if you’ve spied something you love in this week’s room reveals. And you can catch all The Block 2021 goss on the nine now official website.

All imagery by David Cook Photography

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Nine to Know | Walnut Dining Chairs | Design Products


One look at a mid-century modern space, and you’re likely to find walnut dining chairs. Popular with some of the 20th century’s most renowned designers, such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner, walnut dining chairs have proved a timeless favourite ever since. In this Nine to Know edit, we explore a cross-section of walnut dining chairs in various shapes and styles that all share in the warmth and versatility of timber.



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I love this Danish Dining Set In My Home!

I love this Danish Dining Set In My Home!


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Last week I received an exciting delivery - this wonderful oak and white nano laminate table and four oak and leather dining chairs from Skovby. It was like Christmas, except sadly, these beauties are not here to stay, they're here for a shoot. But I might just keep them all the same - what do you reckon? I've always loved the incredible craftsmanship behind Skovby pieces, plus, we've been looking for a new extendable table for a while. Per is also completely taken with the oak and leather chairs - he says they're really comfy! I might just have to write to Skovby to ask if these beauties can hang around a while longer. Read on for more pics and to see if you agree! 
You'll likely recognise the brand Skovby since Helen Sturesson and I have done many photoshoots for them before (see also the #808 counter stool in my kitchen, the #131 home desk and #52 chair in Per's home office and the #452 display cabinet in the corner of my dining room. It's always an honour to collaborate with a Danish family business that spans three generations of cabinetmakers as well as recognised as a frontrunner within functional extension systems for tables. 
I chose the Skovby #119 dining table with an oak wooden under frame with a white nano laminate surface, but it's also available in eight other finishes. I love how the legs are slightly angled, giving the table a vivid and contemporary yet still timeless expression. 
The table is available in two different lengths: a 192 cm version (seen above) and a more compact 142 cm version for slightly smaller spaces. Best of all, they both extend! Beneath the tabletop, is a compartment for storing up to two extension leaves (available as additional purchases) so you can easily extend them another 45 cm to 90 cm! 

Below I extended it by 45 cm, which adds an extra two seats at the table - but for bigger parties, Christmas etc, I'm thinking the 90 cm extension would be perfect - you never know who might rock up - and with a table like this, the more the merrier! 

As mentioned, Per was particularly taken by the #825 chairs (I chose the oak and black leather version, but they are also available in 7 other versions). I have to say, the wood and leather was so lovely and smooth, plus the rounded backs and cushioned leather seat made them super comfy! 

The chair is inspired by mid-century furniture with a light, Scandinavian twist. I particularly love the grain in the wood - but if you prefer supreme comfort - you might like to go for the version with an upholstered back

We've always had a built-in sofa in our dining area (the cabinets give us a load of extra storage - the Brantmarks are a family of hoarders and hidden behind those cabinets is a load of stuff ranging from CDs and board games to my accounting and paper recycling, the latter two are not to be confused!). The cushions are all made from linen (a material I love since it adds texture and feels lovely to touch!) and the seating is actually a sunbed mattress from IKEA which I have covered in fabric! 


All in all, these pieces seem to fit our dining room like a glove, I love it when that happens! I hope you like this look too! 


If you're interested in these pieces, find your nearest store here (Skovby ship almost worldwide). 

Wishing you all a wonderful day! 

Niki

PS I've got such an exciting make-over to share with you tomorrow - I was bowled over by the creativity. I hope you have time to stop by! 

Photography: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home

*This post is brought to you in paid partnership with Skovby. All words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too! Thank you for supporting the wonderful businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible. 


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