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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A Dreamy Danish Summer Cottage With an Outdoor Bathroom

A Dreamy Danish Summer Cottage With an Outdoor Bathroom


Brace yourselves friends, summer has just arrived on My Scandinavian Home! Today, I'm transporting you to Ann-Britt's charming summer oasis in Southern Jutland, Denmark.  Known simply as '#haveno105 - or allotment cottage number 105, the classic black and white cabin is the perfect antidote to life in the city. Owner of lifestyle boutique Gemakker, Ann-Britt has kept the interior deliberately simple and pared back with a focus on easy living and a seamlessness between indoors and outdoors. Think bamboo furniture, nautical stripes, and touches of wicker, rattan and jute - all of which ensure a relaxed, coastal vibe. Keep a look out for the outdoor bathroom and 'lean-to' which ensure nature is never far away. The talented guys at Another Studio were there to capture these lovely images. Sun hats at the ready!

Aaaaah, lovely! Relaxed Danish summer style in all its glory! 

Could you imagine hanging out here all summer long? I certainly could! 

Let's keep the Scandinavian summer alive today. Pour yourself a coffee, put your feet up and check out these cottages: 

Roll on summer, we're ready for you! 

Niki



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10 Small Pools For Every Budget and Outdoor Space

10 Small Pools For Every Budget and Outdoor Space


I thought I'd kick off my first outdoor post of the year with a splash. 

Not many know this, but I have a close affinitive to swimming pools. My older daughter Liv is a swimmer - and let's just say we spend a lot of time poolside (are there any other swimming parents out there? If so, you'll know exactly what I mean!). Even so, I still dream of sitting by a pool with a cocktail and page-turner all summer long. 

And lately, I've noticed a surge in popularity in small pools here in Sweden. Generally, anything around 3 square metres (10 square feet) or less is considered a small pool and depth-wise, you're looking at 90 cm (3 feet) for a plunge pool and 120 cm - 150 cm (4 -5 feet) for a lap pool. The beauty of this smaller size is that there's a pool out there for almost every budget and outdoor space. 

Ready to feel inspired? Let's dive in.....

Round pools

1. I love this plunge pool built into the deck of Bruer Cabin designed by Lundberg Design. Behind it is a slightly larger, 425 cm /14 feet deep pool made from a repurposed livestock water tank. A perfect sustainable watering hole in which to cool off in the Sonoma sunshine. 
For a really budget friendly option, use an old bath - like the one at this Danish summer house


2. This repurposed concrete water tank pool accessed via a bridge was installed in the garden of Mount Ninderry in Queensland, Australia - a sustainable and budget friendly home project by Sparks Architects. Such a clever idea! 
3. Designer Raili Clasen of Raili Ca Design added this raised year-round round to the garden of her 1950s cottage to create a calming oasis in which to relax with her husband and their pooch. I'm a huge fan of these wooden tubs - which can also come with a wood burning stove for heat (I've been looking into this for our little cabin).  

Square/ rectangle pools


4.There's something wonderfully fuss-free about this square plunge pool - dip in, cool off, return to whatever you were doing! Or pour yourself a drink and hang out for a while. 



5. This sunken in pool at artist retreat La Maison Marrakech offers a lush place to keep cool and relax on a warm day. 

6. Simple steps lead down to this minimalist plunge pool. I love the shower area which has been built-in to the wall too. 


7. Sometimes the best things come in small packages - and I can totally imagine coming home after a long day and enjoying a soak surrounded by vertical greenery in this lush townhouse garden. 

The thin pool



8. OK, maybe this one isn't really a 'small pool' but I thought I'd include it since it maximises the use of outdoor space by following the contours of the house. Just in case you need to 'test it out' for yourself, this incredible Eco Bush Retreat is available to rent via Airbnb. Just saying! 

9. Just wide enough for a breaststroke glide (although you might struggle with butterfly), this lush, long pool idea is perfect for narrow spaces. Plus, the raised succulent bed adds shade. 

10. No garden? No problem!  This rooftop ledge in France has been transformed into a small pool overlooking the rooftops. 

What do you think, could you imagine installing a small pool at home? Or perhaps you have first-hand experience of owning a pool - if so, please do share your thoughts below! 

Looking for more outdoor space inspiration today? Check out: 

I have to admit, we woke up to snow here in Malmö this morning - so summer is feeling very far away.  It doesn't stop me dreaming though!

Har det så fint! 

Niki

*If you're thinking of installing a pool, please visit Pool Safely (from the Consumer Product Safety Commission) for important information on pool safety. 


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5 easy ways to achieve a Hamptons outdoor space

5 easy ways to achieve a Hamptons outdoor space


Supported by Canberra Outlet

There’s no denying the Hamptons design style is more popular than ever. And why wouldn’t it be? Light and bright, sophisticated yet beachy, it channels those relaxed holiday vibes at home. Today thanks to Canberra Outlet I’m sharing 5 simple elements to achieve a Hamptons outdoor space.

Related article: A guide to the 10 most popular interior design styles
Related article: 
How to create a mood board to achieve your home design goals

Bar cart styling

1. Keep larger furniture neutral

White or whitewash furniture, rattan and timber all fit the Hamptons style to a T. 

This traditional design style predominately features a soothing colour scheme of pastels, all-white or soft grey. So, keeping your furniture neutral is a great starting point.

In this outdoor space, I used a mix of outdoor furniture from Early Settler. The Blake dining table and bench seat are a stylish twist on the classic picnic design. And those Byron wicker-look dining chairs capture the essence of beachy chic.

Hamptons outdoor space
I love the modern twist of this outdoor table setting from Early Settler
Styling an outdoor dining space

2. Choose accent colours wisely

To stay true to the Hamptons aesthetic, you can’t go incorporating any accent colour you feel like. This traditional style generally incorporates accent colours inspired by the sea — think deep blue or ocean green tones. 

Alternatively, you could use another neutral colour as your accent as I’ve done. This beige tone is trending in interiors and fits the neutral Hamptons palette.

The key to nailing the Hamptons style is to channel ‘timeless elegance’. This style blurs the relaxed coastal aesthetic with luxe sophistication.

Bar cart styling for summer
These luxe brass and rattan cocktail items from Adairs totally elevate the bar cart

3. Play with pattern

This classic decorating style loves a print! Gingham, stripe, paisley or floral patterns feel right at home in a Hamptons-style outdoor space. Actually, they’re kind of essential!

A few ideas to incorporate pattern into your Hamptons outdoor space include:

  • scatter cushions
  • throw rugs
  • table runner
  • tableware
  • outdoor umbrella
  • upholstered seating
  • outdoor rug.

Bonus points if you find pieces made from linen, jute and other natural materials.

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Love the subtle stripe detail in this jute table runner from Early Settler

4. Use a summery scent

All of our senses affect how we experience a space and our sense of smell is a big one. 

Burning a candle in a summery scent, like this Palm Beach Jasmine & Lime candle from Freedom, will go a long way to make it feel like a Hamptons oasis.

Orchid flower in scalloped pot
Play to your other senses to create your Hamptons oasis. This Palm Beach Jasmine & Lime candle from Freedom is perfect for summer

5. Tie the look together with décor

Luxe elements of marble and brass, or coastal-inspired pieces like this faux shell fruit bowl will tie your outdoor Hamptons space together. 

Given the popularity of this style, there’s more choice than ever. Just take a look at that fab brass and rattan cocktail set I bought from Adairs — it’s the perfect addition and makes this space entertaining ready.

You also can’t go wrong with an orchid and I placed this one in a scalloped pot also from Adairs. In fact, the more plants the better and those white textured pots from Early Settler also scream Hamptons style.

Has this 101 guide to styling a Hamptons outdoor space inspired you? Will you be channelling some beachy elegance at your home? All of the items featured in these images were sourced from Canberra Outlet and if you’ve got any questions about where a particular item is from, pop a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap.

More outdoor inspo

Bar cart styling
Nothing says entertaining ready like a bar cart! This fabulous rattan bar cart is from Early Settler and styled with items from Provincial and Adairs
Outdoor white pots
These textured white pots from Early Settler are a perfect fit for the Hamptons style


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Nine to Know | Outdoor Lighting | Design Products


While we associate natural light with the outdoors, outdoor lighting creates the opportunity to experience spaces such as a courtyard or alfresco area when the sun does down. Also providing safe access to our homes, outdoor lighting’s functional purpose, durability, and aesthetic deserve equal consideration.

Australian architectural and technical lighting frontrunners Euroluce set the standard for what can be achieved when illuminating our outdoor areas. Flos is a renowned outdoor lighting brand retailed at Euroluce, which seek to reflect the same calibre and quality as what you’ll find indoors. For their outdoor range, Flos has collaborated with some of the world’s most acclaimed architects and designers such as Pierro Lissoni, Michael Anastassiades and Vincent Van Duysen.

Fundamentally, Flos follow a philosophy of ‘human-centred’ lighting design, which sees them challenge the status quo on technology and question how lighting can enhance physical and emotional wellbeing. Equally, sustainability goes hand-in-hand with their approach, selecting materials and following processes that minimise environmental impact.

In this feature we’re focusing on standout examples from nine different categories of outdoor lighting available at Euroluce, primarily by Flos; inground, floor, table, wall-recessed, wall surface, bollards, ceiling, projectors and pole tops.

Produced in partnership with Euroluce



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Nine to Know | Architectural Outdoor Lighting | Design Products


While we associate natural light with the outdoors, outdoor lighting creates the opportunity to experience spaces such as a courtyard or alfresco area when the sun does down. Also providing safe access to our homes, outdoor lighting’s functional purpose, durability, and aesthetic deserve equal consideration.

Australian architectural and technical lighting frontrunners Euroluce set the standard for what can be achieved when illuminating our outdoor areas. Flos is a renowned outdoor lighting brand retailed at Euroluce, which seek to reflect the same calibre and quality as what you’ll find indoors. For their outdoor range, Flos has collaborated with some of the world’s most acclaimed architects and designers such as Pierro Lissoni, Michael Anastassiades and Vincent Van Duysen.

Fundamentally, Flos follow a philosophy of ‘human-centred’ lighting design, which sees them challenge the status quo on technology and question how lighting can enhance physical and emotional wellbeing. Equally, sustainability goes hand-in-hand with their approach, selecting materials and following processes that minimise environmental impact.

In this feature we’re focusing on standout examples from nine different categories of outdoor lighting available at Euroluce, primarily by Flos; inground, floor, table, wall-recessed, wall surface, bollards, ceiling, projectors and pole tops.

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Outdoor Kmart hacks to spruce up your outdoors


We love spending time outdoors and with the warmer weather in full swing, it’s the perfect place to be! But decorating your outdoor space can be expensive, so we’re bringing you the best outdoor Kmart hacks which can help spruce up your outdoors without the price tag!

Related article: 20 of the coolest Kmart hacks EVER!
Related article: Before and after makeover: Quick, simple and stylish outdoor entertaining space on a budget

best ever Kmart hacks to spruce up your outdoors

Indoor ottoman gets a render overhaul

Self-confessed DIY lover Jodie from Caves Coastal Renos took the garishly pink Kmart ottoman and turned it into this beauty.

Using some render and a bit of DIY know-how she took it from meh to ah-MAZING! Check out her video below to see how she did it if you want to give it a go yourself!

Inexpensive outdoor umbrella

Outdoor umbrellas cost a bomb which is what prompted Alison to come up with this clever hack! Using a $15 white plastic outdoor pot from Kmart that she filled with a brick and sand mix, she placed one of the $12 umbrellas inside.

Her husband made the timber top from offcuts they had which holds the umbrella in place and is the perfect spot to rest a cold drink!

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Alison’s Kmart hack outdoor umbrella

Layering style

This one is not so much a hack as a styling trick. Inside the home you can layer a smaller rug on a larger rug. And you can do the same for your entry… adding a smaller door mat on a larger one for an instant luxe look.

Imogen layered her personalised door mat on top of the Kmart jute mat, making her front entry look ten times more stylish, don’t you think?!

Bamboo storage box as planter box

Shay wanted to add some tropical plants to her rental home. She used a couple of bamboo storage boxes that she painted and lined with weed mat as a cheap and instant solution. Although the bamboo is likely to swell over time, she says this is the perfect solution for now.

Bamboo planter box

Shay converted bamboo storage boxes into outdoor planter boxes

Plastic dinosaur toy becomes cool plant holder

Krystal turned a typical T-Rex kids toy into a cool plant holder for her aloe plant. By simply cutting a hole into the back and painting the dino black, she created a fun piece that would be ideal in an outdoor kids play space or even their bedroom.

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Dino toy becomes plant holder by Krystal

Custom cubby house

We couldn’t possibly leave out the most popular Kmart kid’s hack of all — customised cubby houses! Kmart outdid themselves when they released this cubby house and although there have been a few design iterations (the latest is a bit more ‘barn’ like with a half door), they’re all totally magical and an opportunity for parents to get a bit creative.

Gina created a Kmart hack cubby for her sons Patrick and Alexander and recently re-worked it again into a custom green, grey and white colour scheme and included a kitchen inside.

The family at Number 43 painted their Kmart cubby the same colour as their home, helping it blend in perfectly. It’s such a clever way to make gaudy kids ‘stuff’ fit in stylishly with the rest of the home!

For those of us who have kids obsessed with firefighters, we love how Prue turned the cubby into a fire station — so cool! Alicia gave her Kmart cubby a massive makeover giving us all the Hamptons vibes! With the wooden jungle run play house, Lauren added climbing rocks and other fun additions (most parts are from Kmart or Bunnings). Talk about a fun play space!



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Design Covet | New Outdoor Tapware


As we embrace summer in Australia, extended time spent outside prompts a rethinking of our outdoor spaces. It also calls into question how we can make better use of our natural surroundings year-round. Be it an outdoor shower for rinsing off after the pool or the sandy feet from the beach, making the most of the warmer weather in an outdoor bath, or levelling up our alfresco cooking with a dedicated outdoor kitchen, they all require tapware, materials, fittings and design accessories that last. 

Designed for the Australian climate, Phoenix’s Vivid Slimline range, Vivid Slimline SS, is made from 316 marine-grade stainless steel. Developed over a year, Phoenix design lead Ban Liu says the SS range was conceptualised through an architectural lens that reveals the honesty of the material that can withstand even the harshest of Australian weather conditions. “Vivid Slimline SS is a celebration of the raw material and is designed to echo the craftsmanship and textures of 316 stainless steel,” Ban Liu says. 

As we know, tapware is fundamental to an outdoor bathroom or kitchen. So we’ve put together an edit of essentials when carving out an inviting area in your own space, each selected for its durability, functionality and design finesse. 

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Nine to Know | Outdoor Rugs | Design Products


When it comes to creating an inviting outdoor space, a rug is often the essential element to tying everything together. In this feature, we take a closer look at nine rugs made from durable and weather-resistant fibres to create an enduring foundation for your courtyard, alfresco or open air space.



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Nine to Know | Outdoor Sofas


We’ve handpicked nine of our favourite outdoor sofas to maximise comfort and time spent outside in the warmer months.

Outdoor sofas create a place to convene and relax in an alfresco space. We’ve curated a list of outdoor sofas designed for the Australian climate with longevity and functionality front of mind.

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