When it comes to concrete countertops, there is no greater satisfaction than knowing that the industrial design is both functional and durable. However, if you are considering making your own DIY concrete countertops, there are certain tips to make the experience both worthwhile and efficient. For such an ambitious project, it is important to set aside the appropriate amount of time and know what you need.
Given the difficulty level of the project and the overall process, you should dedicate more than one day to complete the countertops.
When assembling all of your tools, make sure to collect the following: Concrete mixers, concrete mixing tubs, table saws, miter saws, power drills, mallets, drill bit sets, tape measures, respirator masks, microfiber cloths, caulk guns, and drywall taping and joint knives.
As for your materials, the necessary items include: Cement and concrete aggregates, colorants, painter’s tape, MDF, caulk and sealants, power sander accessories, rebar and remesh, wood screws, concrete sealers, dimensional lumber, shims and wood shingles, and plastic sheeting.
When it comes to building the form, a thicker countertop will reduce any space between it and the wall cabinets. It is also important to keep building codes in mind since some will require an 18-inch clearance from the bottom of the upper cabinets to the highest point of the countertop.
Prior to pouring the concrete, it may be in your best interest to order concrete tool rental to minimize the effort exerted otherwise when mixing by hand. Additionally, when pouring the countertops, it is important to work fast while also staying neat.
Perhaps the most important tip at the following stage is once the pouring is completed, remove any residual wet cement from the screw heads holding the form together. Doing so early on in the process will minimize the time spent disassembling later.
When it comes to preparing for and embarking on an ambitious DIY project such as making concrete countertops, it is recommended to start with a small, practice project first. It gives you an opportunity to develop your own techniques – whether that includes learning how to build a mold, fill it with the concrete mix, wait for it to cure, or perfect the final step of applying polish. Most importantly, familiarize yourself with all of your tools and get comfortable using the sander beforehand so that you are ready to use it when the time comes.