How to Make Concrete Countertops
Everything you need to know for DIY concrete countertop projects is here at your fingertips. Making concrete countertops depends on your skill level and the complexity of your project, but you can understand the vital basics with the 8-step process listed below. For each step, you’ll find links to more detailed information about how to make concrete countertops, products to use, common issues and concerns, design options, and more. You’ll also find a meticulously compiled list of resources from all over the web that can answer your questions about making concrete countertops.
EIGHT STEPS TO MAKING CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS
1. Decide on your countertop design
2. Determine where to build
Your countertop can be pre-cast where you can pour the countertop in a controlled environment, such as in a shop. Pre-casting will also allow you to form your countertop upside-down if you desire, giving you an immediately smooth surface from the forming materials.
Building your countertop on-site gives you the freedom to adapt for significant challenges in your countertop’s design such as radius edges, curved corners, longer seamless runs, etc.
3. Select a countertop mix and mixer
Use this handy buyer’s guide to concrete countertop mixes for choosing a mix suitable for your project.
4. Build your forms or molds
Materials such as melamine, Plexiglass, steel and foam are some of the best forming materials for countertops.
5. Add reinforcement
Types of countertop reinforcements include steel, wire mesh, fiberglass, or additives such as fiber and acrylic.
6. Cure the countertops
Select the right tools for grinding and polishing your countertop which will give your countertop a smooth surface, and enhance its visual appeal by revealing some of the aggregate and decorative add-ins (if used).
8. Select a sealer
You’ll also want to review what maintenance and cleaning requirements you should routinely use to keep your countertop looking sharp.