DIY Concrete Countertops

DIY Concrete Countertops

Installing a concrete countertop can seem like a lot of hard work, but there are a few ways you can avoid the stress and avoid mistakes when installing a DIY concrete countertop.

1.   The first and most important thing you need, is to make sure that the existing kitchen cabinets can support the weight of your new concrete countertops. The weight of your current countertops might be much less than what you are about to place on top of them. If your existing cabinets cannot support the weight of the concrete, securing sheets of plywood to the top of the cabinets can help support the added weight.

2.   It is also important to make sure that the kitchen cabinets are leveled. Having leveled cabinets will avoid any damage to the new concrete countertops. Applying sheets of plywood can also help with leveling the top of the cabinets, which can help avoid any cracks or warping to the countertop.

3.   You will want to use your old countertop as a stencil for creating your mold for the new concrete countertop.

4.   Once the mold is created, go ahead and start mixing your concrete and get it ready to pour.

5.   Concrete countertops should be poured in sections less than 8 feet long. This is because sections longer than 8 feet long tend to crack, so be sure to pour your countertop in sections.

6.   After the concrete has set and you are ready to install your countertop, you are going to want to have a couple of friends to help you flip your countertop over because it can easily weigh over 100 pounds. While you and some of your friends are holding the countertop, have someone go around and place silicone caulking along the edges of the cabinets or on top of the plywood if you are using plywood. It is important that you secure your countertop correctly in order to avoid any cracking or warping.

7.   To protect your new countertop, you can apply a water-based sealer. Once the sealer is dry you will want to use a fine grit sand paper to sand down any bumps and then apply a wax. After the wax is dry, buff it out either by hand or with a buffer, in order to bring out the shine in your new countertop.