This is the second part of my How-NOT-to guide on making my concrete stool. Part A I showed you how to make it so it requires extra patch work, Part B I will show you how to rectify the damages caused. If you haven’t already, I suggest go read Part A so there is a bit context and you understand where I am starting from.
What You Will Need
– “Loctite Easy Repair Self Mixing Instant Epoxy” (or any strong adhesive suitable for concrete)
– A newspaper, any outlet is fine
– Masking tape
– Spray paint
Clean up the damaged concrete area, brushing away dust and small broken parts, ensuring a clean surface. Using your Loctite, cover the damaged areas with plenty of the glue, and place the concrete bits back into place. The Loctite starts to set after 3 minutes so you need to be quick. Apply a small amount of pressure for a couple minutes to ensure the bits are firmly in place.
Once the epoxy has set, put more on, focusing on the joints between concrete. More adhesive always equal stronger bondage, so don’t be shy with it. You then want to let it sit overnight, and make sure you read the instructions on how to store the Loctite for later use.
You now want to prepare the legs by sanding off all the silicone you put on in your last attempt at fixing them. I just used some P800 (if that means anything to you) but I suggest something more coarser to help take off the silicone. You can always scrape at it with a butter knife, and sand it back after to smooth it. Repeat for both legs, ensuring it’s smooth and void of silicone.
Grab your Loctite again, and put some in the two holes, as well as around the base of the legs which will be inserted in the holes. Again, you only have a few minutes here so you may want to do one leg at a time. Once the epoxy starts to set, put some more on, going around the legs. I ended up using the rest of the tube, which may be overkill. Ideally you want to seal the legs as best as possible, you then want to let it sit for a couple hours.
Using your masking tape and newspaper, wrap the concrete up to avoid over-spray when painting. Then you want to ensure you don’t fully cover the table so you have to sand it back later to remove future paint. I have opted to paint the entirety of the legs, however it will be up to you to decide if you want to paint a little, all of it or none. See here for inspiration.
If you are painting, you want to apply your first coat. I used British Paints, Electric Orange. After applying your first coat, let it dry for 30 minutes then apply the second coat. I ended up applying three coats to the legs, with a light sand between coats. Let your final coat dry overnight, and before removing the protective newspaper.
And there you have it, your concrete stool is now rectified. It is highly advisable to only use it as a bedside table or similar in the future, and to avoid any future sitting to prevent a highly possible second collapse. You can also lightly sand the concrete for a smoother finish, or leave as is, and don’t forget to sand off the over-spray from the painting on the table.
That concludes my two-part How-NOT-to series on the concrete stool, I am hoping there won’t need to be a Part C in the future. Be sure to subscribe to the blog to be notified of future How-To posts, as I have a few things in mind I want to make.