The first time we saw our house, I knew I wanted to renovate the kitchen. The light wood builder grade cabinets and green
Before we could seal the concrete countertop there was still some prep work that needed to be done. First we sanded the edges where the form and the top of the countertop meet. Doing this make for a nice clean edge and prevents chips when you snap off the front edge forms.
Once we had all the edges sanded it was time to snap off the edge forms. This was the most anticipated part. Running a putty knife down the edge between the edge and the form helped separate it enough to get your fingers in there to pull it down.
The edge forms are made to snap off when you bend them down. However, none of ours just snapped off like they showed in the videos. We had to bend it back and forth to weaken it and really apply pressure for them to come loose.
After we removed all the forms we sanded the tops real good with the Z Gem Pad, starting with the #60 pad and ending with the #300 pad.
As you can see, some of the edges did have some minor holes due to air pockets. To fill in these holes we mixed up some of the concrete mix that we had left over and rubbed it on the edge by hand. We lightly wiped it with a damp sponge and waited for it to dry before sanding.
The sealer that we chose was Stonelok E3/ 2K2 Countertop Kit low gloss. It is not cheap but we wanted to make sure that the countertops where well sealed. It is a three part process. Starting with the O-S/W Conditioner, then the E3 epoxy and finish with 2K2 urethane.
We just followed the directions that where provided and used a 1/4″ nap roller. We allowed for each step to dry before moving on to the next which was 45 min for the first step, 8hrs for the second, and 8hrs for the final. After the E3 epoxy dried overnight we lightly sanded the countertops to make sure it was nice and smooth before rolling on the 2k2.
Once everything was nice and sealed, we waited about a day before installing our sink. The kitchen is by no means done. We still have backsplash and shelves to put up and figure out our final plans with the cabinets. That is if we want to raise them up to the ceiling and put a shelf underneath or keep them as they are and just do backsplash. We might transition to the flooring before we make the final decision on the kitchen.