Jessie's Bright White Kitchen Reno last week, we were in awe of the concrete countertops she and her husband installed. Lucky for us, Jessie shared the process so now we can make our own! I should definitely point out right here at the top that this is not a DIY for the faint of heart. There's a lot of planning, some heavy tool usage, hard core concrete mixing, and plenty of heavy lifting. Still, if you're game, you'll get a gorgeous look and for a fairly low price.
After a great deal of research, Jessie and her husband decided to use Quickrete countertop mix concrete. (Did you even know such a thing existed? I certainly didn't!) This is not an item that's normally carried at a hardware store, so Jessie special ordered the mix from Home Depot. Along with the concrete mix, the couple purchased melamine boards to use as their forms. The melamine are smooth white boards, perfect for use as the forms for the countertops. With all the supplies purchased, Jessie's husband got to work creating the forms into which they would pour the concrete.
With the forms together, it was time to mix up the concrete and start pouring! Jessie and her husband rented a concrete mixer from the hardware store to cut the work a little bit. Then, after getting past a little difficulty with the consistency of the concrete, they were able to pour into their forms. Once the concrete was poured, they leveled it out in the forms and then let them cure for a few days.
After the concrete had cured, the couple removed the forms and started the process of smoothing out. First they filled in all the bubble holes with a little concrete filler on their fingers. After the holes were filled and dried, they sanded the concrete slabs to a smooth finish. Once sanded, they were able to heave the big slabs into place in the kitchen and set them in place. Once installed, Jessie and husband applied three coats of high glass concrete sealer and then a food safe wax. This was a very abbreviated version of all of the work that went into creating these concrete countertops. You can check out the multiple detailed posts on Jessie's blog, Imperfectly Polished, to learn more about creating your own counters: • DIY Concrete Counters: Prep and Planning • DIY Concrete Counters: Pouring and Curing • DIY Concrete Counters: Sand, Seal, Wax, and Enjoy Images: Imperfectly Polished