May 30, 2014


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 TableI'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

This Projects Sponsors

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!

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.

quikrete-for-concrete-counter Overall Process

The detailed instructions can be found in my post on

1. Build the mold out of Melamine

Make a concrete table2. Assemble the mold

Concrete table Mold for LED Table 3. Pour the concrete

How to make a concrete tableYou 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-peteTable after curing for 4 days

concrete-table-cured5. Remove the mold and flip the table

concrete-table-with-trough-plans6. Polish

Polish the table using a concrete wet polisher.

how-to-polish-concrete-with-DIY-PETE7. Seal the concrete

how-to-seal-a-concrete-table8. Install top on a base

concrete-patio-table-diy-peteI built my table base using FREE plans from Ana White over at 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 BaseHere 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.



9. Add LED Lights!

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

concrete-table-with-coolerRun strip lighting under each coaster area.

outdoor-patio-table-with-lights10. Fill the cooler with ice

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

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

acrylic-cooler-cover11. Party or host a barbecue!

LED TABLE12. Please share this post, “Like”, and Pin!

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


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