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After 10 years, it was time for a change. Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis bought their wood dining table about a decade ago, but when they decided to bleach the floors in their Amagansett, New York, home, it no longer suited the space. “We landed on concrete because we liked the idea of pulling in a little bit of a natural texture to help create the modern country vibes we were going for,” explains Bronfman. They carted the piece outside (pro tip: use furniture sliders to minimize the heavy lifting), picked up some Quikrete from the hardware store, and got started. 

Fallis documented the entire how-to on his YouTube channel, from sanding down the surface to spray-painting the base to slathering on the cement top. Even with the multiple layers of Quikrete and the DIY learning curve, the duo was done in a few days. The finished product has transformed the dining room.

The lighter finish, coupled with freshly painted matte black legs (specifically chosen to mimic the equally inky accents in the nearby kitchen and fireplace), feels contemporary, balancing out all the more traditional elements in the surrounding space. “It was a fun and inexpensive way to play around with upgrading our home,” says Bronfman. We can easily see the piece as the backdrop to all future get-togethers—whether those currently include virtual pasta dinner parties or not. 

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