How To

DIY Concrete Countertop Over Laminate Surface

April 6th, 2018

Who doesn’t want their kitchen to look like something from a magazine?

Home renovations take a lot of money and work. Sometimes, you can find inspiration online, and even affordable ways to give your home a new look. Here is what you’re gonig to need:

diy concrete countertops over laminate tools

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Studio B Creative Juice Source: Studio B Creative Juice

If you are thinking about updating your countertops, the price of new ones may be a little intimidating.

Instead of buying new ones, why not just make your own? It’s easier than you think, and it won’t break the bank. These concrete countertops can improve the look of your home and won’t cost a fortune.

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Concrete Shop Source: Concrete Shop

If you are going to make your own countertops, you need to right tools for the job.

According to Lovely Imperfection, you will need:

  • “Bucket for mixing. I was able to get by with a small one-gallon tub.
  • “Trowels. I ended up using a plastic putty knife but also experimented with a drywall taping knife.
  • “Orbital sander and sandpaper in a range of grits.
  • “Sponge
  • “Concrete
  • “Painters Tape
  • “Vinyl gloves, safety glasses, mask
  • “At first, I used the drill and paddle for mixing, but as I went along it was easier to mix by hand.”
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Gigatrike Source: Gigatrike

The process is fairly simple, but you may need a little help.

Here are the steps for making these amazing counters.

Step 1: Clean the work area. You can’t work and make counters if there is stuff everywhere. Clean everything off the counters and the walls and floor around them. You should also use a cleaning solution to clean the surface thoroughly.

Step 2: Sand the current counters. You need to rough up the surface to make the concrete stick to it better and to have an even area to work on. You should also peel off any pieces of laminate that are chipped or damaged.

Step 3: Tape off the areas around your counters. You don’t want to get the concrete on your counters or walls. Painters tape works best. If you are worried you may be messy, you can put down drop cloths or plastic.

Step 4: Follow the directions and mix up the concrete. Apply it to the counters evenly with a putty knife. Allow it to dry and apply another coat. You may want to lightly sand the counters in between coats.

Step 5: Once the last coat has dried, you will need to go back and clean up everything. Sand down the globs and smooth out the corners. If there are drips, remove them. Make sure the counters are level and evenly coated.

Step 6: Apply the sealer. This will lock in the concrete and protect it from stained and damage. Apply it evenly with a brush and allow it to dry thoroughly. Once it has dried completely, remove the tape, and arrange your counters as usual. You can use them just like you would any other type of counter.

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Home DIT Source: Home DIT

Concrete counters are stylish and durable.

They can last you for years and are easy to clean. You can use cement tint to change the color of the concrete before you apply it to the counters, so it can match all your other kitchen décor. It may take a few days to finish the project, but once you are done, you will have given your kitchen a brand-new look.

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DIY Network Source: DIY Network

It’s a good idea to work on one counter at a time so you still have room to prepare food if needed.

Since they don’t take long to complete, you can finish the entire kitchen in less than a week. Do yourself a favor and try this out before you go out and spend a lot of money on new counters.

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Lovely Imperfection Source: Lovely Imperfection

Source: Lovely Imperfection

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