There isn't anything better than a great tutorial. We've been checking into pouring our own concrete slabs and in our research, came across a tutorial from everyone's favorite Minnesota blogger and AT reader, Splatgirl. Most tutorials on pouring your own slabs always look unfinished or too "DIY" for our tastes, but not anymore. Our minds have been changed and our sleeves are rolled up! There are step by step photos of her process, great tips and suggestions after the jump!
We love seeing the way other people do their own dirty work before tackling our own. Somehow it gives us this refreshing sense of empowerment that, "if they can do it, so can we!" Which is why we were so excited when we ran across Splatgirl's photo tour of her creative process and visual guide to pouring concrete slabs yourself.
We'd seen it done on home improvement shows... but they always turned out like "something seen on a home improvement show." Close, but not quite to the standard we were looking for.
We have always been big fans of people who show you all the tools they use. It's always easier to have all your tools together before you start, or know which ones you will need to rent or borrow from friends.
The empty molds are caulked and cleaned before they ever see concrete
As the slab hardens, this surface water will be absorbed and the surface will dull and become darker indicating it is ready to begin being worked with the trowel.
There is a beautiful shiny, reflective finished surface after filling, sealing and waxing.