Sofa Table With Cement Top

I have a friend who has an uncanny ability to spot “good” junk. What I mean is that she can see the beauty in the things that people toss out. See beyond it’s current state into what the old rusty gate or worn, wooden shelves might become.  There is a spiritual lesson in there. That God in all His wisdom and knowing full well His intended purpose for your creation sees beyond your current state in life.

Proverbs 19:21 puts it this way:

Many are the plans in the mind of a man,but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Well, imagine my excitement when I spotted a discarded sofa table next to the dumpster. I immediately text me friend. I found it 2 blocks from my house while I was out on a prayer walk.  The graffiti on it reads: “If it’s not IN the dumpster, they won’t pick it up.” Well, I decided to pick it up.

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I saw the potential to take from what it was to what it is now:

What You Need:

  • General cleaning supplies
  • Scouring pad
  • Sanding paper & sander (or sanding block)
  • Henry’s Feather Finish
  • Putty knife (the wider the better)
  • Mixing container

Step 1: Clean Surface

I knew I wanted to cover it in cement, which has a tendency to pull oils and other stains up into it.  So I tried to remove as much of the marker and oil stains as possible.

Step 2: Prep the Surface

Cement clings to the grooves in a scratched up surface better than flat laminate.  I took an old scouring pad and some sandpaper to the top of the sofa.

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Step 3: Mix The Feather Finish

Feather Finish is a cement blend underlayment that provides dries smooth typically used for substrates prior to the installation of other floor coverings.  It sets up very quickly (usually about 15 minutes) and dries hard.  It doesn’t have the rough feel of cement.

Start by adding the Feather Finish to the mixing container and slowly adding water until it makes a paste as about as thick as toothpaste. I used a smaller putty knife to mix it together.

Step 4: Apply Thin First Layer

Two things to know on the first layer:

  • Work fast
  • Make it thin
  • Don’t worry about ridges

Feather Finish cures in about 15 minutes, so you will want to make sure your batch is small and manageable. Quickly spread a thin layer on the top of the surface. Make it so thin that the surface of the table can be seen.

Remember: Thin is your friend.  That is the most important thing about this project. Your layers need to be thin.

The first layer isn’t supposed to be pretty. It’s purpose is to create a layer for the top layers to grip on.

There will be ridges from the putty knife.  Not a problem. They can easily be sanded off. Seriously don’t worry about it.

Any messes you make can easily be wiped off while it is still wet.

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Notice the white surface coming through. Very thin!

Step Five:  Sand and Add Layers

From this point forward, it is the same process: sand & add a layer.  Sand any ridges to make it flat & smooth. Add an additional thin layer on the surface.  Here’s a shot of the second layer before I sanded it down. All of the ridges from the putty knife can be sanded and any larger clumps will easily break off.

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Notice the thick bump on the left side of the table. Broke it off and sanded down any ridges.

Finished Product

I ended up adding four layers of Feather Finish to the surface. Here’s how it turned out:

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The rocks are courtesy of my six year old.
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