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Stunning LED Concrete Patio Table with a Built-in Cooler

Hey fellow Do It Yourselfer’s! I have a new and exciting project to share with you that is one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done. I wanted to build a neat project for a patio and so I did a little brainstorming. That’s when the idea came to me to build a concrete patio table with LED lights and a built-in cooler!

LED Concrete Table I’ve built a number of concrete counters and tables over the years. Concrete is a great medium to work with because you can make a high end table or counter any thickness, color, or shape you want. You can also embed about anything you can imagine in concrete. Concrete is also very affordable and so if you are a do it yourselfer you’ll save a ton of money if you ever build your own tables or counters. Concrete counters done by a professional are commonly priced between $75 to $125 per square foot.

Complete 17 Minute LED Table Video Tutorial

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Thanks so much to this projects Sponsors. Birddog Distributing in an amazing online store with all sorts of cool lighting products. I used their LED Strip Lights for this project. Use the coupon code: DIYPETE10 for 10% off your LED Light strip kit and tell them you are building an LED Table from DIYPETE.com!
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DIY PETE and Birddog Distributing Bozeman, Montana
Hanging out with the crew and getting a tour of the Birddog Distributing warehouse. Thanks Alisha, Tiffany, Hagan, and Josh!

Thanks to Quikrete for their support for this DIY project. I use Quikrete for all my concrete related projects. Their products can be found at your local home improvement store.
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quikrete-for-concrete-counter  Overall Process

The detailed instructions can be found in my post on Makezine.com.

1. Build the mold out of Melamine

Make a concrete table 2. Assemble the mold

Concrete table Mold for LED Table  3. Pour the concrete

How to make a concrete table You may have seen some of the other videos I’ve created in the past about making concrete counters. I show a couple different methods of how to finish concrete. Here are the other two videos in case you are interested in starting to work with concrete.

4. Let the concrete cure

concrete-table-diy-pete Table after curing for 4 days

concrete-table-cured 5. Remove the mold and flip the table

concrete-table-with-trough-plans 6. Polish

Polish the table using a concrete wet polisher.

how-to-polish-concrete-with-DIY-PETE 7. Seal the concrete

how-to-seal-a-concrete-table 8. Install top on a base

concrete-patio-table-diy-pete I built my table base using FREE plans from Ana White over at Ana-White.com. Here is a link to the plans and she also has a downloadable PDF. The table is modified to fit the concrete top and so the lights can be strung under the trough and the coasters. I modified Ana’s plans by using a 2×10 for the stretcher and 2×8’s for the horizontal end pieces. 2×6’s are used for the vertical part. Here is a basic diagram of the sizing adjustments. Please use Ana’s plans to help with assembling.

DIY PETE LED Table Base Here is a the diagram of the table top. You’ll want to plan for an open area in the top part of the base no matter what type of base you build. Here is the diagram of the table top. You could use her plans to build other base styles similar to the tables I’ve built on this page.

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9. Add LED Lights!

Insert your 16 foot LED strip light kit in the trough.

concrete-table-with-cooler Run strip lighting under each coaster area.

outdoor-patio-table-with-lights 10. Fill the cooler with ice

concrete-cooler The trough is 36 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 7 inches deep. So it will hold plenty of beverages!

concrete-trough-cooler I made a cover for the cooler out of a piece of acrylic.

acrylic-cooler-cover 11. Party or host a barbecue!

LED TABLE 12. Please share this post, “Like”, and Pin!

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diy-pete-concrete-table  13. Head over to Makezine.com for the In-Depth Tutorial!

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  • http://www.ourbuildhandyman.com.au/ James Mason

    Awesome project Pete! Very creative design, thanks for sharing the detailed instructions, it looks fantastic!!

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Thank you James! I appreciate your kind words man. I hope all is well down in Austrailia mate! :) Cheers from Montana – Pete

  • FikSix

    I was going to start one of your other concrete tables this weekend but now I might switch up plans haha. One question, my table will not be near an outlet. Does the LED strip you used need to be plugged in all the time or does it have a battery for charging?

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hi! Glad this project spurred your interest :) The LED strip I used does need to be plugged in — but I believe they have a battery that is compatible for the kit. I just emailed Hagan over at BirdDog and will let you know what I find out as soon as I hear back. Here is the kit I got in case that helps: http://www.birddogdistributing.com/16ft-RGB-5050-LED-Strip-Light-Bundle.html Have a great weekend!!

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hi FikSix! I just heard back from the crew over at BirdDog and here is what they said:

      ” Pete,
      We do have an option, but it would require some minor wiring on their end to the controller. It would require 8 D batteries and isn’t water proof, I would suggest that they build something around it to keep out the elements.

      Here is a quick link: http://www.birddogdistributing.com/2-Wire-12volt-Portable-Battery-Pack.html

      Let me know if you need anything else! “

      • FikSix

        Sweet! Thanks a lot Pete. I will be sure to keep you updated on my adventure.

  • Karen Moerke

    Awesome job!! We poured our own kitchen counters 2 falls ago and love them . I never thought about using concrete for a patio table. Hmmm…..

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hi Karen! That’s neat you did counters for your home! Did you wet polish or hard trowel them for a finish? Yep, they make great outdoor patio tables and are super durable. They won’t ever blow over either :)

  • Alex Carpenter

    what was the cost on this project?

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hi Alex! Expect to spend around $250 to $300 for materials.

      Cheers

  • Tom Nguyen

    can the wooden base be done with 10″ compound (nonsliding) miter saw? ie, can you bevel/miter the 2×8 for the base with 10″ miter?

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hey Tom! The concrete is really heavy so I’d recommend going with the beefier version if possible. She also has a number of other types of bases that would work well and don’t involve cutting a bevel. One option for doing the same base as myself is to cut the angles using a circular saw if you have one. Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck Tom! – Pete

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hey Tom! With the built in cooler it is really heavy and I don’t think I’d recommend going with less than the 2×8. See if you could have a friend with a 12 inch saw make the cuts. You could also do the bevels with a circular saw if you feel comfortable and have one. — Good luck! – Pete

  • Tom Nguyen

    hey pete, I just finished a smaller concrete top for a workbench before I tackled this bigger project. I’m mainly worried filling the trough mold with concrete. If not done properly, i fear it will break off. was this difficulty to completely fill the mold and get it to bind with the base? would you do anything differently? Thanks for the tips

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hey Tom! Sorry for the delay. Yes I had to be pretty precise on how the re-enforcement went in and in handling the table with the trough. If I were to do it over again I’d simply create a foam knockout to make a rectangle in the concrete. I’d then drop a metal planter with a lip on it in the table and use that as the cooler. It would make the build 10 times easier plus eliminate the chance of the built in concrete cooler from not bonding perfectly or cracking. The built in can certainly be done — but doing a drop in cooler would definitely minimize the weight and make the build easier. Please post project photos when done. I’d love to see it!! – Pete

  • aldro cherres

    this fucking rules buen post saludos desde mexico

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Thanks Aldro!

  • john downs

    I loved the project and will definitely be tackling this. Ive been playing around with some small tables with fiber optics, I think this will go well with that. I must be part moth, I love these cool light projects. Nice post i really enjoyed it.

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hey John! Thanks and the fiber optics sound awesome. I’ve messed around with them in concrete as well and have had some pretty cool results. I can’t wait to see what you create. Please let me know how it goes! – Pete

  • Adam Wall Ace

    What would the difference be if you went with Quikrete Countertop Mix instead of the Quikrete 5000? Would really like to do this project but dont know how fond i am of renting a polisher and was hoping that maybe the Countertop Mix would make it so that i could just cast it and go.

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hey Adam!

      The countertop mix has smaller aggregate and definitely is a lot easier to finish using a normal orbital sander. The countertop mix is more expensive though at about $18/bag vs $5. I really do like the countertop mix though. — The trough is something I’d recommend looking at adding fiberglass re-enforcement in though to help for structural purposes. If I were to build this table over again I’ve had installed a drop in stainless steel/aluminum trough instead of doing the concrete. Cuts down on weight and would make the process a lot easier… Let me know how the project goes. I’d love to see how the table turns out! – Pete

  • Felix

    hi pete ,

    I started to recreate your table . so far I have poured the concrete and everything dries for 1.5 weeks . but my problem is currently the sealing . I found a lot of different sealers for concrete , but some say the wax is the best and the others say I should use nano technology . on what basis is the seal of Quikrete ? what are your experiences with it? considers it good from the fat , if something falls down when eating ?

    would be glad of you to get a feedback signal .

    Best regards from Germany

    felix

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hi Felix, the quikrete sealer is a waterbased acrylic. It is super durable, adds a nice shine, and works well for withstanding outdoor elements. I wouldn’t say the sealer is “Food Safe” — but am not so worried about that for an outdoor patio table. Cheng concrete makes a good concrete counter sealer. Many people will wax over the sealer. If I were you, I’d find a good outdoor concrete sealer that is waterbased and do 5 to 6 coats. Best of luck! – Pete

  • Jason

    I finished my tabletop and base and will be moving it to the patio on Saturday ! I modified mine to seat 8 it’s 4’by6′ and the top itself weighs about 500lbs! Everybody loves it and will prob be begging for one for their backyard! Thanks for the great ideas!

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      Hey Jason!! Wow, that’s a huge table :) Will you share some photos when done? I’m dying to see it!!! Your patio is going to be the hit of the neighborhood! – Pete

      • Jason

        Did you see my pics?⬆️⬆️

        • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

          Hey Jason! Thanks for the reminder :) I had not seen them and I just checked them out!!! SO AWESOME! You did a great job. Have you had fun using it at barbecues yet? Thanks so much for building it and for sharing how it turned out. I appreciate it! – Pete

  • Jason

    Turned out amazing!

  • Jas

    Hi Pete, great looking table, thank you for sharing. I have a few modifications that I’m tossing around and wonder what you think. Instead of the cooler in the middle, I’d like to use a fire pit insert with fire glass. http://www.amazon.com/American-Fireglass-Stainless-Linear-Drop-In/dp/B0087QY2M6/ref=pd_sim_86_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0K7GZ4SHJEER6M48A1KR
    Still use LED’s for the coasters.
    Then I’d like to build two square pedestals out of cultured stone or brick to support the table top, one to hold a 20lb propane tank and one for storage. Do you think the two pedestals would support the weight ok? Any suggestions for building the pedestals?
    Thanks!

    • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/ Pete Sveen

      I think a fireplace insert would be sweet. Yep, i do think it will support the weight. — And not doing the concrete trough will cut down on quite a bit of weight as well. Can’t wait to see this!!