Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

Ok.
 So we had so many emails asking how we did our countertops. Mainly how we my husband, finished the edges. We also have some tips on how to make them even stronger than we did.
Although ours are super strong, we did have a couple cracks that could have been avoided. But dont worry if you do get cracks, concrete ALWAYS cracks. Mainly around the sink, or by a joint.


So we started with the countertops as is. We lightly sanded the tile first.
Than my husband built forms around the bottom of the counter tops. Underneath he attached it so it would stick out about an inch, and then another board attached to that on the face of the counter top so there would be an inch gap from the face to the board. Thats where all the concrete would sink in and sit.
Spray the inside of the boards with WD40, so when your concrete is setup it is easy to remove the boards.


There is a gap between the face of the countertop and the board. We taped the top so the concrete would have a straight line.

Also the boards are only an inch high around the whole countertop.

So heres a tip: put down metal lathe, and curve around edges. This will give you that much more grip on the concrete.

So we poured.

It mainly levels itself out, and dries quickly. So make ure you take the boards off before they are too, dry but dry enough the front wont fall off when you take off the boards.

Then remove the boards and smooth it out with a trowel, and this will give you this look that we were going for with the concrete.

Then we used a concrete sealer to coat it with. you will get teeny bubbles from the air in the concrete coming out, so makes sure you stand with a toothpick ready to attack. Once they pop, they level out and you cant even see them. Once dry, wait about a week, and do another coat.


This is the finished product. We love the way they turned out!
I do have to say, if you can take out the tile, do it! It is always better to have it thicker.

Hope this helped...
Please let me know if you have any more questions and I will try my best to answer them.


Thanks!


31 comments:

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Thank you so much Cassie! I will show this to my husband tonite!!

It did answer my questions! Love them!!

Lou Cinda :)

Prissyville said...

I intend to try this in my kitchen...right over my existing tile as well!! I'm always looking for a simpler way to attack a project and this couldn't get any simpler!! Thanks for the tutorial!

ranestorm said...

I posted on your original post :)

You answered my first question. My second one was - did you cement in the sink? What happens if you need to remove it?

Home Fancy said...

Very cool! I wonder if my husband would go for this...

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I would love to do this, how much concrete did it take and I am curious about what you did around the sink.

maz said...

Also--please answer how you affixed the backsplash tiles--right over the original ones? Then caulk the seam?

Nathan M Nobis said...

This looks really neat. Here is what I did / had done to deal with that problem:

http://atlantacountertops.blogspot.com/

lisa in Cali said...

love how it turned out! but what about the backsplash? did you do it over the existing tile or did you go thru the hassle of removing the old ugly tile? thanks!

KHouse said...

Where did you find food safe concrete sealer?

Christine said...

also wanted to know about sealer, we did the counter tops but the sealer we used is not working, please help

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GoHatters said...

The countertops came out amazing.

Was there a special concrete mix you used? It looks much thinner and easy to deal with than some of the other mixes I've seen used.

Also, how was the wood frame attached to the existing countertop?

thanks so much

Kairee said...

HI! Just wondering what you did around your sink? Also did u use a special kind of concrete?

Thanks!
Kairee

Amber Butler said...

I'd really love to know the same things that were already asked. (like how you did around your sink and what concrete mix you used)

Brandy said...

Hi there! We're thinking of doing this also, so glad we don't have to tear down and start from scratch, but we were hoping to build it up a bit. Just a quick question, how did you get the leveler to cover the lip (or front edge) of the old counter top? And which sealer did you use? Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

Anonymous said...

Did you hand mix the concrete

Rosabeth said...

Looks awesome! I think i will have to talk to my dad about doing this with our counters , we have been trying to find an inexpensive way to do the counters in the kitchen, right now they are just a particle board that my uncle and dad put in...would the concrete lay out okay on top of that? thanks for your time! :)

Anonymous said...

looks awesome!!

what kind of concrete mix did you use? thanks!!!

Kim at Mossisawesome said...

Wow, it looks great! Wondering how you dealt with the sink? Did the sink have to be removed from the countertop first? Everything else seems doable, but the sink has me stumped.

Thanks for your time to answer this question and Happy New Year!

Kim at Mossisawesome said...

Wow, it looks great! Wondering how you dealt with the sink? Did the sink have to be removed from the countertop first? Everything else seems doable, but the sink has me stumped.

Thanks for your time to answer this question and Happy New Year!

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Salvatore Aguilar said...

I agree with you, cracks can be avoided. It’s important to vibrate the mixture while it’s drying to let the air bubbles out and avoid gaps inside. Also, you should add a rebar or a mesh wire in the middle of your concrete countertop to enhance the concrete’s durability and sturdiness.

Alphonse Daigle said...

Experience and practice in concrete making will surely help you avoid cracks! Anyway, there’s nothing to worry about the cracks, they can be concealed after all. By the way, your counter top looks like it’s done by a professional! Good job to your husband.

Sarah Black said...

My husband and I are planning on doing this to our kitchen island. Your pictures look great! One question though.. how did you attach the forms to the actual cabinets? We can't figure that part out! Thanks!!

tinamarie said...

Hi Cassie, I'm getting ready to redo my kitchen and found your site. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of concrete mix you used and also what kind of sealer? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your pics. I've been looking to make a cement countertop to go outside with the barbeque pit. Can you recommend somewhere to get a cement counter top in Edmonton?

najamonline4u said...

really nice concrete work. nice idea

Boyd Garth said...

My parents recenlty got really nice counter tops from Edmonton, they had a mishap with the sink, and they got their kitchen upgraded

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Sean Black said...

This is wonderful! I have been looking into new counter tops in Edmonton, and I might have to try my hand at this!

Kathy said...

Hi, Is it my imagination or wasn't There a video showing how you did this? I could have sworn I saw one. I'm trying to show my husband that you can just go right over tile with the concrete and he doesn't believe me! How is this holding up btw? and do you remember what you sealed it with?

They really look amazing! Love the counter!

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