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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From drab to fab: easy budget alfresco makeover DIY


Instagram is full of the latest hacks and DIYs and this easy budget alfresco makeover by Jaimie from @reside_at_seventeen immediately caught our eye. Inspired by a laundry design, Jaimie has come up with this outdoor hack, transforming her tired alfresco into a beautiful outdoor living space using stencils.

Read on as we chat with Jaimie to get all the info on this clever budget alfresco makeover so you can do your own!

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Items you will need:

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After

Getting started

“This project doesn’t take too much time, I completed it over three days. There were a lot of gaps between to allow the cement and the paint to dry.

“I recommend selecting colours that represent your goals for the space well and fit with your specific style. I chose the classic white and grey because it ties in nicely with the rest of our house. The alfresco can be seen from all of our living areas which are all predominantly black, white and grey. Don’t overthink it — you can paint over it and start again!”

Step 1

Remove all furniture and clean the cement, leaving to air dry.

“I used a high pressure cleaner to completely clean the cement and left it for the day to dry. You need to make sure your cement is really clean and dry before you start painting over.”

Alfresco cement flooring _ easy budget alfresco makeover
Before

Step 2

Apply your base colour paint and leave to dry.

“I applied two coats of the grey paving paint — one in the morning and the second coat after lunch. I then left it to dry for the rest of the day.” 

Step 3

Using masking tape, mark where you want the stencils to go.

“If I were to do it again, I would mark down exactly where I wanted each stencil line to start on the edge lines of masking tape that I had put down. I didn’t think about doing this until after I finished but it would have made it so much faster.”

Alfresco detailing in progress _ easy budget alfresco makeover

Step 4

Start applying the stencil paint colour in your marked areas.

“Top tip! When you apply the stencil, don’t saturate the roller with paint because it will bleed through under the stencil and leave the transfer clumpy — instead do gentle slow rolls and use a small paint brush to touch up any areas that need it.”

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Step 5

Once your painted concrete floor is dry, style your space and enjoy your gorgeous new alfresco area!

Tip: For longest lasting results, you can also apply a sealer over the paint. For example, the Crommelin 4L Natural DiamondCoat Paving And Concrete Sealer from Bunnings will make your painted cement more stain resistant while not changing the appearance.

We’d like to thank Jaimie for taking the time to share her easy budget alfresco makeover with us. Follow her on Instagram for more clever hacks and design inspo. Do you have any questions about this makeover? Have you tried something similar? Do you have a particular stencil design in mind for your alfresco area? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Chunky weave bedhead

8 of the best DIY bedhead ideas


Ever wanted to make your own bedhead? There are so many cool DIY ideas you could try to suit your interior style and skill level.

Today we’re sharing 8 of the best DIY bedhead ideas from some of our favourite bloggers!

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1. Upholstered bedhead

Did you spot this stunning velvet mustard bedhead we shared a little while ago?

You could easily customise this tutorial to suit the your bed size, and try any colour or type of fabric you like. Boucle is trending in interiors right now and would be a great option to achieve a designer look for less!

DIY Shelley made this upholstered bedhead for her daughter and we have the full step-by-step guide here.

2. Chunky weave bedhead

Move over chunky knit throws and take a look at this dreamy chunky weave bedhead!!

The clever ladies at Treasures and Travels say you can create this dreamy headboard in under two hours and with no previous weaving experience. 

Check out the tutorial on their blog here.

3. Wall panel bedhead

One of the hottest building materials right now is wall panelling — a fab way of adding texture and interest to plain walls… and a great idea for a bedhead too!

Mikahl made this stylish wall panel bedhead in a weekend and kindly shared all the steps with us. She didn’t attach the bedhead to the wall (it’s just pushed against the wall by the bed) so this could be a fab DIY for those of you who are renting.

Check out the tutorial here.

Completed bed head

4. Plywood head board

Prefer a minimalist look? Then this DIY plywood head board with floating shelves might just be for you!

The team at Mr. Kate shared a detailed tutorial on their blog so even a beginner could tackle this budget-friendly DIY.

Follow tutorial here.

5. Faux leather and dowel bedhead

This bedhead design is genius! Using a simple dowel frame, the team at Homes To Love created a contemporary bedhead in faux tan leather. 

Of course, you could steal the design and change the type of fabric to suit your interior style. For example felt or even velvet would work just as well.

Watch the video tutorial here.

Image via Homes To Love
Image via Homes To Love

6. Cushion headboard

Get ready for an IKEA hack from the talented Geneva of Collective Gen.

She covered an outdoor bench seat cushion in denim fabric and added leather straps to make this stylish and comfortable DIY bedhead.

Check out her tutorial here.

7. Geometric wood headboard

You’ve probably seen more than a few pallet wood DIY bedheads around. For something a little less rustic, we love this geometric headboard idea by I Spy DIY.

For this DIY you will need to be a bit handy with the power tools or know someone who is (requires a miter saw) but the result is so contemporary and fun!

Check out the tutorial here.

8. Oversized channel tufted headboard

Yes friends, you are seeing correctly, this luxe headboard is a DIY!

Brady Tolbert created this bed for Emily Henderson’s blog and shares a detailed tutorial so you can make it too. Could you imagine this bed in a soft pink or dark blue velvet?!

Check out the tutorial here.

Have you seen any other stylish DIY bedheads that we should add to the list? We’d love to link to them in the comments below!

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This article was first published in February 2019 and continues to be updated.



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Laura Luoto's Inspiring Second-hand & DIY Helsinki Home

Laura Luoto’s Inspiring Second-hand & DIY Helsinki Home


So finally, THAT Finnish apartment I promised to share with you! The beautiful 1950s apartment is nestled in the heart of Helsinki (such a great city - I can't wait to go back one day!) and belongs to interior designer Laura Luoto and her boyfriend Ville. Laura has had a passion for all things second-hand ever since she was a child and the pair have decorated the 43 m2 space using a blend of wonderful flea market finds as well as pieces she has built herself and the odd contemporary piece. I couldn't resist reaching out to Laura to find out more. 

What do you do for a living?

I am an interior designer - with a passion for designing well thought-out homes for my clients. I strive to create high quality, practical spaces with a beautiful aesthetic. It's important to me that a living space feels harmonious so that the mind can rest. 

Can you tell us about your passion for second-hand?

My passion for second hand started when I was very young from when we used to visit flea markets as a family. At that time, I would spend all my money buying clothes from thrift stores but at some point, I started to become more interested in purchasing cool and eclectic items for my own room. When I moved into my own apartment, my budget was small, so buying second-hand allowed me to fill up my apartment with cool finds. 



What's the best thing about buying secondhand things for your home? 

I love the idea that no one has a home like mine since most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind. The uniqueness is what makes this apartment feel like home to me. 


Do you need adjust the pieces you find second-hand?

Absolutely. I love leaving my own mark on pieces - and when I adapt them, I feel even more connected to my home because I've worked hard to make it my own. 

I see from your website that you also make your own furniture occasionally?

Yes, when I can't find something I am looking for within my budget, I sometimes make it myself. For example the coffee table in the first picture is handmade! 


Lovely home! 

It's also so inspiring to learn that you don't need to spend a fortune to create a beautiful and unique living space. Time to hit those flea markets - and get the toolbox out! 

See more of Laura's home over at @Laura_luoto (there are some great DIY ideas there) and find out more about her work / services as an interior designer here
That's it from me this week. I've got a photoshoot at home today for Carpe Diem Beds for which I'll be transforming my bedroom into a luxury winter haven. Sounds heavenly, don't you think? It's no coincidence that I've timed the shoot right before the weekend!

Have a great one guys, see you Monday! 

Niki



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Easy lumbar pillow DIY tutorial

Easy lumbar pillow DIY tutorial


If you’ve been lusting after a lumbar cushion but can’t find one that’s just right, this hack is for you! Using an indoor mat from Adairs, I created this on-trend cushion in minutes.

Here’s how you can hack your own lumbar cushion!

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Items you will need:

  • Decorative fabric or mat (I used an indoor mat from Adairs). Your cushion should be at least 80cm wide and 30cm wide (see Step 1 for more info on sizing).
  • Plain cotton fabric to sew basic inner pillow
  • Feathers or fill to stuff your pillow (you can repurpose stuffing from pillows you no longer use in your home)
  • Buttons, velcro, press studs or zip to close the pillow (I used velcro)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

Steps:

1. Decide on your size. Most lumbar cushions are 80-120cm wide and 30-50cm wide. It should be in proportion with your bed ie you would make a larger cushion for a king bed and a smaller cushion for a queen or double bed.

The print of your fabric or size of the mat you find may also influence your decision. I made my lumbar cushion 80cm long and 30cm wide because the mat I used was 80cm x 60cm. So, I just folded it in half down the length to create my lumbar cushion.

Measure lumbar insert

2. Sew a simple inner cushion at your desired size using plain cotton fabric. I used white cotton fabric from Lincraft to sew a basic rectangle that is 80cm long by 30cm wide. Stuff it with feathers or fill and sew shut. Be warned, feathers can get messy but it’s worth it for a more luxe look and the cushion will also sits better.

Stuff with feathers or fill
Stuff with feathers or fill
Sew cushion slip
Sew inner cushion closed once stuffed with feathers or fill

3. Make your outer cushion to the same size. If you use a mat like me, you’ll only need to fold it in half down the length. Or if you find a beautiful fabric, you can repeat the steps above to sew a simple rectangle.

Whatever technique you use, be sure to keep one end open where you can attach either buttons, press studs, zip or velcro (like I used) so you can remove the cover and wash when needed.

Attaching velcro to one end of lumbar cushion
Attaching velcro to one end

Are you inspired to hack your own lumbar cushion? I’d love to see! Be sure to tag me when you share it online @stylecuratorau or email your pic to [email protected].

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Completed lumbar cushion
Lumbar cushion close up

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