Kitchen Makeover Part 2: Concrete Countertops

Kitchen Makeover Part 2: Concrete Countertops

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Kitchen Makeover: The countertops

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This is my favorite part of remodeling the kitchen. The second half of our kitchen makeover: the countertops. We had only experimented with the concrete countertops in the bathroom and since they have been holding up well we decided to attempt a larger section and do our kitchen. 

Kitchen makeover concrete countertops
Kitchen Countertops BEFORE

 

 


You can read part 1: Painting Kitchen Cabinets here

Supplies:

Step 1: Prep

  • Use the electric sander to sand all of the countertops. We took our backsplash ledge off because I plan on doing concrete all the way up my wall.
  • Make sure to sand it to a dull finish. The rougher the better.

Optional Step: 

We didn’t want our countertops to have the rounded edge and we wanted it to look thicker so we nailed a strip of wood to the bottom of counter top for the added thickness. 

Kitchen makeover concrete countertops

Step 2: 

Next, we cut wood as if we were molding the countertop. We put a little olive oil on it to prevent concrete from sticking to it and then nailed it onto the ledge. So it made a box around the countertop. 

Kitchen makeover countertops

Step 3:

  • With a trowel, I applied a fine layer of mud on the counter. It does not need to be thick. There will be layer upon layer applied.
  • Don’t forget to apply to the backsplash or for us we went straight up the wall all the way to the bottom of the upper cabinets.
  • I also used my fingers to apply to the edges and corners.
  • It took about 20 min. to dry and then I applied another layer. I think I applied approx five thinner layers.
  • After each layer dried a few minutes, approx 10-15 min. I lightly wet my hands and smoothed every nook and cranny to my liking. You want the concrete to be slightly firm but not too hard. If you have too much water on your hands you will wipe concrete off and if it’s too dry you might just have to lightly sand some ridges.
Kitchen makeover concrete countertops
Kitchen makeover countertops
Kitchen makeover countertops

Step 4: 

  • Once I got it the way I liked I allowed it to dry overnight and then gave it a light hand sanding.
  • I then sealed it with  High Gloss Sealer protective sealer wet look… just because we already had it. Depending on where it was I just painted or rolled it on according to convenience. 
  • I wanted a super shiny look so I painted about fifteen layers of sealer on it. 

Finally, Celebrate! 

Kitchen makeover concrete countertops
Kitchen makeover concrete countertops
Kitchen makeover concrete countertops
Kitchen makeover concrete countertops
Kitchen makeover countertops
kitchen makeover the countertops

Check out how we painted our cabinets here. 

 

 

 

Comments (31)

  • Very professional looking. Your step-by-step instructions make it look simple to do. With all those layers of cement and sealer, it does look like you have to be patient. The results though are incredible.

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    • Yes, it took a lot of patience but we are loving it so far. We will see how it holds up in a year or two.

      kariebabbitt
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  • I would have never thought to use concrete for my countertops but this looks great! Gives it a trendy ‘industrial’ look!

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  • This is amazing! My husband always said he wanted to change the countertop himself! Now I think he can 🙂 Thanks for the tips

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  • So beautiful! I love the clean look! Great work!

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  • Love the concrete idea. Your kitchen looks so nice! Still loving the color of that door!

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    • Thank you it’s amazing happy mistakes. We painted that door because it was mistake paint and thought we could just change it later if we didn’t like it. But that is what everybody loves when they walk in and one of our favorite mistakes.

      kariebabbitt
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  • Wow!! That turned out great! I don’t know if I’d ever be brave enough to try but it’s super cool.

    julie
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    • It is scary doing something new. We did it because either way we had to replace it so we thought we could try a cheaper way first as well as experiment to offer something unique in handyman services otherwise we probably wouldn’t have tried it. 🙂

      kariebabbitt
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  • Turned out nice – very industrial looking!

    Susan Franklin
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  • Looks great! I didn’t know you could have concrete countertops. Very unique!

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  • So beautiful! The whole kitchen is! I love that door…

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  • Wow – looks great. I would have never thought to use concrete for countertops either ~ unique and smooth look.

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  • You make it look so easy! Amazing job!

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  • I love the way the counters turned out! Especially against the brick wall!

    Kim
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  • We are renovating our barn and plan to do this for the kitchen in the game room. Eventually, this will also be in the kitchen in our house.

    Pauline
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    • Renovating a barn sounds like so much fun!!! Concrete countertops would look amazing in that.

      kariebabbitt
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  • This looks great! I love how you explained it so well!

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  • Looks great, we are thinking of updating our kitchen too.

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  • What a great look! You make the project seem very doable. Thanks for the step by step instructions.

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  • What a neat idea! You make it look very do-able!

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  • They look spectacular – thanks for sharing your renovation.

    Sandi
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  • That looks so nice! We really want to update our kitchen, and I think I’ll try to paint the cabinets before we spend the money on a completely new kitchen. And I absolutely love the idea of concrete countertops. I’ve seen them before, but never seen the steps to do it laid out like this. Definitely need to consider this!

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  • These are so lovely!!! I really want to remove our old peach tile and replace it with concrete. I can’t wait.

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  • Love it! Those look awesome!

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  • Wow! Looks gorgeous! Never would’ve thought! Super impressed!

    Laura
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  • Those countertops look awesome! Really nice job!

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  • Wow! They look so nice!

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  • Those countertops are beautiful! I know that they’re not easy to make, but you’ve done an amazing job!

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  • The kitchen looks Ahmazing!! Love the countertops, everything came together so nicely! 🙂

    Angela Greven
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  • They turned out lovely.

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