Concrete Countertops - The Finale
After taking much longer than originally expected, the kitchen countertops are done! I still have two smaller bathroom countertops left, but they should be cake - right? They just need to be polished and sealed.
Lessons learned? Ok here it is:
- Try to mix all the concrete needed for each countertop before pouring. This will make the work experience less frantic.
- Pour the bottom portion of the mold all at once if you can. Your finish product will appear more seamless.
- Vibrate. As most professionals will tell you, don't resist the urge to dismiss this vital step. Vibrating helps to rid the placed concrete of air bubbles, yielding a stronger product. It also aids in helping the concrete flow, filling crevices and cavities in the mold (among other things).
- Seriously consider why you want concrete countertops. If you want the granite, or other manufactured countertop look, then choose granite, quartz etc.. Each concrete countertop will have its own personality, idiosyncrasies and defects that are part of the uniqueness of concrete.