Concrete Gives Kitchen a Fabulous Counter
See how a young family's kitchen makeover gets started with a concrete countertop.
Materials and Tools:
3/16 tile spacers
clear latex caulk
air compressor and hoses
1. Turn off the water and remove the sink and faucet. Remove the countertop and backsplash. Shut off the gas supply and pull out the old stove.
2. Use the old countertops as the base, attach similar material to the sides, using a finish nailer, to create a mold for the new poured countertops.
3. Use plastic foam with duct tape on the sides to fill in the sink area. To get a smooth curved edge, use caulk on the corner seams on the inside of your molds.
4. Pour the concrete mix in the mold and level the top.
5. Let the concrete set up for at least four hours.
6. Once the countertops are dry, remove from the mold and epoxy onto the base cabinets. Caulk the seams.
7. If desired, mix staining agent and fill a spray bottle. Tape off adjoining surfaces to the countertop to avoid spreading.
8. Spray evenly across the surface to saturate the concrete. Since the stain we are using is an acidic base, use a mixture of water and baking soda to neutralize the acid. Finally, blot with paper towels until no excess stain comes off.
9. After staining, seal the countertop with beeswax. This will help prevent the concrete from absorbing any atmospheric moisture or spills.
10. Reinstall and connect the sink, faucet and drain lines.
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