“I’;m sorry, did you say I could make my very own concrete countertop??” Yes I did! In gathering our tips for the new studio space, we recognized that we would finally have a opportunity to try out our personal concrete countertop DIY. We loved reading about this DIY countertop last yr and had been so impressed that we needed to try out it ourselves. Here’;s what we did:
Supplies: Ardex Feather Finish (we employed 2 bags), fine/medium/program sandpaper, hand sander (optional), a number of sizes and widths of putty knives and drywall knives, disposable containers to combine concrete, concrete sealer, painter’;s tape, paint roller and brush.
1st I sanded the surface of the existing formica countertop with a course sandpaper (the cement will hold far better to a rough surface). Up coming, I wiped the countertop clean with a damp rag and let dry. I identified it really helpful to use painter’;s tape a small over the place the best of the backspash meets the wall tile. This aided save the tile and the grout from the sanding and the colour of the concrete. We also took out the sink so I could get beneath the lip of in which the sink sits on the counter. Use a modest disposable container and a paint stirrer to mix your cement. I was capable to discover paper containers the size of move theater popcorn buckets at our nearby Ace hardware store, and I almost certainly went via about 4-5 of people by the time I was done.
The back of the Feather Finish said to use a 1 portion water to 2 parts dry cement ratio when mixing smaller quantities, and I employed a disposable plastic cup to mix this ratio in my paper bucket. I propose only performing one cup water and 2 cups of dry cement per batch so that you can spread it all just before it dries (any much more and it tends to harden ahead of you can use it). I employed a tiny and a broad putty knife as effectively as a big drywall trowel. It was wonderful to have a mixture of tools to function with given that specific ones came in useful at different factors in the job. Use the equipment to spread a thin layer of concrete over the leading of your countertop. It does variety of come to feel like you are icing a cake, but it also reminded me of utilizing spackle to patch a hole in a wall-you use the exact same kind of movement. Will not be concerned about getting the complete surface covered on your 1st go, if you have a handful of regions that search thin, you’;ll cover them with the second coat.
When you come to a proper angle (like where the backsplash meets the counter) it helps to use a wide putty knife and pull the wet cement up from the countertop on the backsplash part and in the direction of yourself away from the wall on the countertop. Pulling the cement in the opposite instructions aids give the corner a cleaner search.
The hardest part of this entire work was the rounded angle on the leading of the backsplash. I had to use the modest putty knife to place small quantities of moist concrete on the rounded edge, smooth it out the ideal I could, but honestly, I shaped most of that location for the duration of sanding. If you are ever in doubt, place as well a lot concrete on-you can usually sand off excess later, but you cannot include more without having mixing yet another batch.
I let the initial coat completely air dry for 24 hrs and then sanded that coat down with a medium sandpaper prior to including another coat. You don’;t require to get the surface very smooth at this level, you just want to sand down something that is sticking up a good deal greater than something else. Use a shop vacuum to clean up the extra dust and combine your concrete to include yet another layer. I ended up performing 3 layers of concrete leaving at least 24 hrs of dry time among each and every layer.
Soon after the final layer I invested several hours (yes, many hours) sanding the surface as smooth as possible. I utilised a program sandpaper 1st and then repeated the method with a significantly finer grade. I would propose making use of thin gloves for this significantly hand sanding. I did not use any and my fingertips had been not happy about for a couple of days! I was able to use a hand sander for some of the original sanding, but I had to be mindful with it because it often it seemed also powerful and would produce divots rather of smoothing them out. I also removed the painter’;s tape at this point. Even even though I did have to use the putty knife in a number of spots to scrape in which a bit of concrete covered the tape, it seems to have protected the wall rather efficiently. As soon as the surface is smooth and your tape is eliminated, use the store vacuum to remove the extra dust and you’;re ready to seal your countertop!
I utilized 3 coats of a water-based satin finish sealer. This sealer package deal recommended applying the sealer with a brief nap roller and a brush for tighter locations, and that seemed to work really properly. The sealer was the consistency of thinned skim milk, so you have to be careful not to splash it all over the place as you roll it on. As soon as the sealer was dry, we re-set up the sink and we had been done!
NOTE: We shopped locally for our sealer and had been informed that there weren’;t any foods-safe concrete sealers available. We chose to go ahead with the sealer they suggested, understanding we’;d constantly use cutting boards to defend food from the counter surface. Even so, upon additional study we have identified a number of sealers that say they are meals secure (like this a single).
You can see that the sealer darkened the countertop a bit, but I genuinely like the dark contrast with the white tile and yellow cabinets. So far it would seem to be holding up and seems entirely waterproof as properly (though if water sits on the surface for a even though the region turns dark and lightens back up when it dries). I have to say that this was a rather physically demanding task (I cannot even inform you how sore my arms were soon after the final round of sanding), but it was entirely well worth it. Even the contractors working in the house were impressed that I was able to do it myself and how great it turned out! Not a bad countertop makeover for below $100, appropriate? Think you’;ll be making an attempt it in your residence anytime quickly? xo. Laura
Credits // Writer: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson