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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.
You can read part 1: Painting Kitchen Cabinets here.
- Ardex TWP
- Latex Disposable Gloves
- Stainless Steel Mud Pan
- Putty Scrapers
- Electric Sander
- 150 Grit Sandpaper
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- High Gloss Sealer
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Check out how we painted our cabinets here.