Give credit where credit is due!
Peppa Hart’s (Sophie Bell) husband, ‘Bell’, is known to create beautiful rendered pieces of furniture for their Hinterland Hideaway home, Casa Campana.
We used the Sarah Ellison ‘Paloma’ coffee table as our shape inspiration and modified the size to fit our space.
In terms of how we went about creating it – all credit goes to Daisy from Duke’s DIYs! Check out her Instagram page here.
Before you start
Before you start, measure out your space to ensure you know how much material you’ll need. We created a rough mock-up on Illustrator to ensure our sizes were proportionate and used this to calculate what we would need.
Our table is 1200L x 600W x 450H
The tabletop is 100m thick and the legs are approx. 300mm in diameter.
What you’ll need:
We bought everything from our local Bunnings store.
- Cement Sheet
- Insulation Foam (You’ll need to work out how much you’ll need. This will shape your design. We bought four 1200x600x50mm sheets).
- Triple Expanding Foam (we used 2 cans).
- 2x Pine Dowels (each the height of your legs – you can add more if you’re creating a bigger piece of furniture like a dining table).
- Render (plus tools like trowels, bucket, drill mixer and sponge)
- Paint in colour of your choice (a spray gun or old school roller, tray etc and a drop sheet).
- Crommelin Sealers Brick and Render Sealer (this will make the table easy to wipe down).
- Jigsaw, Random Orbital Sander (plus fine grit sandpaper) & Drill
- Hole saw for the size of dowel you choose to use.
- Timber Screws
How to Make It:
- Plan out your design and measurements – we used Illustrator, but you can do this on paper or Word too. This will ensure you purchase enough materials and have a plan to go off!
- Cut out your foam and cement sheet to the shape and size you’re after using a jigsaw. We used a piece of paper to draw a template for our legs so tracing the same size circle was easy. We cut out:
- 7 foam 300mm circles for each leg (14 total)
- 2 cement sheet 300mm circles for each leg (4 total)
- 2 foam ovals 1200x600x50mm
- 2 cement sheet ovals 1200x600x50mm
- Drill a hole through the centre of each foam circle (this will be for the dowel – so ensure your hole is slightly smaller so the dowel sits nice and tight).
- Screw the dowel to the centre of one of the cement sheet circles. Repeat this with the other dowel. You should have two pieces that resemble a paper towel holder – haha
- Apply expanding foam to the cement sheeting and thread the foam circles onto the dowel, adding expanding foam to each layer. Once you’ve threaded the 7 foam circles, screw the remaining cement sheet circle to the end of the dowel. You should have cement sheet, 7 layers of foam and another cement sheet threaded onto the dowel to form one leg. Repeat for the other leg.
- At this point we clamped the legs while the expanding foam set to ensure it dried completely level.
- Once the legs were set, we removed the screw from the top piece of cement sheeting that was fixed into the dowel. We attached the first cement sheet oval to the legs by screwing through this hole, so it attached the two layers of cement sheet into the dowel. Take your time with this, ensuring everything is level and straight. Tip: predrill a hole into the oval piece of cement sheet so everything lines up nice and straight.
- We then attached the oval shaped foam to the cement sheet with expander foam. We added two foam layers to get the thickness we were after. We just used expanding foam for each layer, finishing with the last oval cement sheet on top to create s flat, sturdy surface.
- We were pretty rough cutting our foam, so I just took a serrated knife and carved any pieces that were out of shape. You could also carve in some texture if you’re after that wavy Peppa Hart look.
- Once you are happy with the shape it’s time to render. Mix your render according to the bag’s instructions. I started out with the table upside down. I found it easiest to use my hands for this. It was touch dry in about 30 minutes for us to flip over and do the top.
- Once the first layer is dry, give it a finishing coat of render. Spray the render with water as it dries so that it dries slowly and doesn’t crack.
- Once the render is dry, we gave it a good sand with fine grit sanding paper until we were happy with the texture.
- Once sanded you can paint it whatever colour you like – we went with white.
- Seal and you’re done!