Before we could seal the concrete countertop there was still some prep work that needed to be done. First we sanded the edges
Last year we poured a little concrete counter top for our guest bathroom by creating a rectangular form using melamine. We really liked how it turned out and had always thought about doing our kitchen countertops with concrete. We had heard about pouring your own white concrete countertops on the Chris Loves Julia blog and began doing more research. While we would love to have quartz or some other natural stone, the price for the concrete countertops just couldn’t be beat.
We ordered the supplies from Concrete Countertop Solutions and used a coupon code that we found on their facebook page to receive 10% off.
The total for all the supplies came out to just over $1,000.
The process started by removing the existing laminate counter tops.
We planned to install a new front apron sink from Ikea so we had to modify the sink cabinet in order for it to fit. We did a lot of measuring and remeasuring before we began.
For our subsurface we used durock cement board. We cut them down to the correct size and made sure to caulk the seams to make sure no water or cement fell through the pouring process.
Once we had all the durock down and seams sealed it was time to install the edge forms. The forms come in many different styles but we wanted to go with a more modern look so we went with the square edge form. It is a fairly simple process of measuring, cutting, and screwing it down into the durock.
No matter how hard we tried, some of our corners had a little gap. In the end it wasn’t a big deal at all. We just put a little duck tape on it to make sure we didn’t have any concrete leak through.
Where the front edge meets the back edge it is important to cut the back edge about 1/4″ away from the front edge so that you wont see it once you snap off the front edge.
Make sure to duck tape all the corners. We also siliconed the edges where the forms meet the durock and where the back forms meet the wall. We didn’t have any problems with any concrete leaking out anywhere.
On the edges that you wont see like sink opening or oven opening, you can just use a scrap piece of wood as a form. We had to add some little blocks on the front edge for our sink.
We layed out the fiber mesh and screwed in the z clips roughly every 8-12″. The mesh is easily cut with scissors. On our large countertop area we had to layout two rows of the mesh.
We had a little overhang on the large section of our countertop where we removed the bar so we put some temporary wooden supports as a precautionary measure. We also put down paper on the floor and plastic around the cabinets to make cleanup easier.
Be sure to check out our next post on the pouring process.
If you are thinking about doing your own concrete countertops of just want a more in depth look then I highly recommend watching this video that Z Counterform put together that shows the whole process.