If you’re remodeling your kitchen and want a finish that sets your home apart, concrete countertops are an excellent option. They’re unique and cost-effective, and best of all, you can make them all by yourself. If the idea seems daunting, run through the process below to see how easy it is to create a kitchen counter surface you’ll love.
A Guide to Making Concrete Countertops
Create the Mold
First, define the dimensions of the countertop. You can often match the existing one. As a rule of thumb, make sure there is a 3/4-inch overhang on all sides. Consider the thickness as well; the industry standard is 1 to 3 centimeters. Cut four sides of melamine-coated particle board—an affordable material that the concrete won’t stick to—and caulk the joints. Coat the insides of the particleboard with olive oil to help the concrete slip out easily once it’s dried. Measure the frame once more to ensure the dimensions are accurate.
You’ll need to reinforce your countertop so it holds together. Use a sheet of wire mesh. Cut sheets and leave one inch of space between all sides of the countertop. This will keep your concrete from cracking in the future.
Pour & Finish
Visit a local concrete supplier to pick up a quality concrete mix. Mix it with the recommended amount of water until it achieves a peanut butter-like consistency. You can add pigments if you want color. Spade the mixture into the mold. Once it’s halfway full, lay down the wire mesh and continue pouring over it. Let it sit for at least a week.
Next, break the mold off and use an orbital sander to smooth out the countertop. The final step is to add a protective seal that will protect it from water and other materials that may wear down the concrete.
Whether you’re making new countertops or pouring a home foundation, Builder’s Concrete East carries all the products you need. Serving Windham, CT, for 50 years, these professionals carry high-quality concrete mix at affordable prices. They also provide convenient delivery services, which you can explore on their website. Call (860) 456-4111 to place an order to discuss your project.