Concrete countertops are one of the most versatile options to choose from. You can purchase these economical countertop solutions that will be made and cured in a workshop before being delivered to your home. Or, if you have a taste for the practical, you can make your own custom countertops for your exact needs.
Most kitchens with a modern design are the perfect place for your concrete counter. The many flat faced cabinets and surfaces accentuate the subtle statements of the dull gray counter. Of course, if you want, you can have your concrete countertop in any color you choose. While this may be an addition your purchase from the manufacturers, at least until you have gained some experience making them yourself.
Making your own concrete countertop is not as hard as you may think, especially with quick drying concretes like Quikrete. You can’t expect your first attempt to be ground as finely as a professional countertop (or can you?), but you will save lots of cash that a custom countertop can cost. Furthermore, you will get to look at your fine work every morning over coffee and think “I did this”.
To begin you will want to gather some necessary equipment. You will need materials for making a proper mold as well as all the tools and buckets for mixing, setting and curing concrete. Additionally, a rotary grinder or sander can help you gain a smoother finish.
We recommend Quikrete 500, as it is the easiest to work with. For those inexperienced with concrete, stick really close to the water to concrete rations so you end up with a nice smooth texture that does not present youwith problematic holes that will give your finished top an uneven and unattractive look.
You will need to create the molds from 2X4s, that you will assemble in the shape of you finalized counter top. Setting steel mesh within the mold as you pour in the concrete will add some stability and strength to the concrete countertop.
Making your mold out of a melamine sheet is one way to ensure that your counter top has a smooth edge. Remember that your countertop will be formed at the bottom of your mold so make sure the mold is as clean and debris free as possible.
When your concrete slab has finished curing it will be quite heavy. Be sure to get some help moving and setting the concrete to avoid injuries or frustration. Once you have removed the concrete from its mold. Flip it over and take a look at your rudimentary counter top.
If you hope to gain a more professional look, take your rotary sander and get to work. Begin with a 100 grit and finish with a 220 grit. One it is smooth t the touch and you are proud of your work, you will need to add the concrete sealant.
This will be added in layer, each laid at a 90° angle to the last. Keep applying the sealant in long strokes until the concrete cannot hold the sealant anymore. Allow it to dry before getting some assistance in carrying it to its location.
Install the countertop with liquid nails. You can finish the job with one final coat of concrete wax, which you should keep on hand to prevent scratches and restore the countertop.