After we finished the prep for the countertops it was time for pouring the concrete countertops. The overall time for the pouring process
After we finished the prep for the countertops it was time for pouring the concrete countertops. The overall time for the pouring process was about 6 hrs for our 45 square feet of countertops.
We thought that we would be able to get away with using a power drill to mix the concrete but after the first bag we knew that it wasn’t going to cut it. With having (18) 50lb bags of concrete to mix we ended up renting a mud mixing drill which was a life saver. We mixed one bag at a time in a 5 gal bucket. The directions on the concrete bags say not to add more than 3 qts of water per a bag. If we were to do it again I think I would not be so strict with the directions. The mix didn’t flow quite as easily as I would have liked. Next time I would mix in a little more water to make the screeding process easier.
Once we had the concrete poured we worked it down through the mesh and began leveling it with a screed (not shown). The screeding and leveling was probably the hardest part. Be sure to take your time. Also remember to tap the form edges to get rid of any air pockets that may have formed. After we had everything level and let it sit for a few minutes we went back over it with the magnesium float to smooth it all out.
After smoothing out the countertops with the magnesium float we waited longer before using the steel trowel. Here is a look at the countertops after going over it with the steel trowel.
The process has been fairly long and stressful at times but the finished product has been well worth it so far. We will be talking about the finishing and sealing process in the next post.