Watching a do it yourself concrete countertop video is one of the best tools for learning how to make your own concrete countertops. You will also see that you don't have to use solid concrete to get that look and feel.
This video is the first of a three part series that we made on how to make concrete countertops. They show the overlay method of making countertops. There are a few advantages to this method versus solid concrete. The biggest advantage is weight. Solid concrete is extremely heavy, while these countertops are camparable in weight to laminate. It's also much easier to make large countertops seamless, backsplashes and all. Also, it can be done over existing laminate.
The process starts with MDF board to build the countertop, which is then overlayed with a polymer concrete topping. The overlay can be integrally colored or stained. Different textures can also be used for different looks. This video series shows the basic smooth texture with acid staining and epoxy sealer.
The second part shows the overlay process after the countertop is built. It's a fairly simple process if you have the right tools which include a magic trowel, steel trowel, corner trowel, and a paint brush. Just be sure the cabinets and floor are well protected with plastic sheeting.
The third part shows the staining and sealing process. You can use acid stain or acrylic stains on polymer overlays. The acid staining in this video creates a natural, rustic appearance. A semitransparent epoxy sealer is used as a sealcoat and to add a high gloss appearance. Most of the time a clear epoxy is used, but there was a special request for some reflector enhancer added to the epoxy for this particular countertop. Epoxy sealers can be tricky, especially 100% solids epoxy. Once it's mixed you want to get it dumped out and work quickly in a dust free atmosphere.
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