I have mentioned it before, but I absolutely hated the blue countertops. They just were not my style. So, after three years of considering our options, we decided to go with covering the countertops with concrete. This how to is one of the best out there.
I found Henry Feather Finish at Home Depot for around $15 a box. I bought two boxes, but could have gotten away with one.
Because our sink and countertops are one piece I taped off the sink.
While Wolfy removed our broken cooktop.
Using a box knife, I scored the countertops. This is a super important step. You want to make sure the concrete has something to grab onto.
Mix the feather finish up. You want it the consistency of peanut butter, or maybe slightly more runny. This stuff dries fast! So, from this point on, move quickly!
I tried to use a trowel to apply the concrete, but it just wasn’t working for me.
It was a lot easier for me to use my hands. Make sure you take your rings off! I forgot that and was picking concrete out of my rings for a couple of weeks.
After each coat dries, it needs to be sanded. While we were waiting on the first coat to dry, Wolfy started working on raising the celing light.
And I sanded.
Until Wolfy needed an extra set of hands.
Much better! And time to start mixing up the second coat.
I went through the process 4 times. Mix, coat, dry, sand. By the fourth coat, I had learned how to apply the concrete, so minimal sanding was needed.
I also changed the shape of the edge to more of a rounded look.
Using a sponge, we applied 6 coats of sealer.
Looks really good, once it dried, if you ask me.
After living with it for over a month, I am slightly on the fence. Visually, it looks great, but we didn’t use the right type of sealer. Anything cardboard sticks to it and is almost impossible to remove without doing damage to the countertops. The plan is to sand the sealant off and recoat with a different brand. I will report and, hopefully at that time, I can recommend it without any hesitation.
There are more pictures of this project on our Facebook page.
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