Concrete Countertops: Achieving the 'look'
Do-it-yourself concrete countertops
You might not think concrete, with its industrial qualities, would make a very attractive countertop material. But it does. There are many companies who make beautiful polished concrete countertops for a reasonable price. But, the best thing about concrete countertops is that you can make one yourself. The costs of producing your very own DIY concrete countertops are extremely low. So, as long as you’re prepared to get a little dirty and experiment with the concrete making process, you can create a countertop to be proud of.
With the help of chemicals stains, various aggregates and colored pigments a well-made concrete countertop can look very similar to far more expensive natural stones such as marble, limestone and granite. With a good coating of epoxy your countertops will be protected with a shiny and attractive finish. Over time concrete countertops often develop a patina – a natural changing of color as the surface oxidizes with age. The warm very natural looking patina of concrete is a major attraction to many who choose to install concrete countertops.
Another advantage of concrete countertops is that they can be cast with the sunk in, all-in-one unit. This gives a classically simple appearance to a kitchen or bathroom countertop and makes cleaning up a breeze. And, if your concrete countertops do show some stains, a quick buff with 800 grit sandpaper will usually return them to top condition.
How to Make a Concrete Countertop:
There are a number of steps in making a concrete countertop. First, a custom mould must be made incorporating such details as the sink, edge design and depth of the countertop. Then you must mix and pour the concrete, with just the right amount of water and the exact type and amount of aggregate you want to get the desired finish. After toweling to a smooth surface the concrete must be left to cure for at least 48 hours. It can then be grinded to impart a texture to the surface, before it is sealed and installed.