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.
Check out the full set of photos on Flickr to get the low down on how things are done. Each photo provides you with excellent guides on things you might not have normally thought of (like building in a recessed area for a cutting board). If you aren't interested in the details but want to see their handiwork, you can check out the slideshow instead!
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.
You can check out more of Splatgirl's creative endeavors on one of her two blogs: Modern in Minnesota or Splat Girl Creates.