Hello loves, this post is one of the few that has been highly requested so I definitely wanted to tell you guys all about this DIY. Doing these concrete countertops was the most challenging projects we took on (besides refinishing the floors of course) but also one of my favorites. When we first step foot into this home I fell head over heels in love with the layout. It’s hard to tell in photos but my home is one of those houses where you walk in and the first thing you notice is the staircase and railing above the living room and the focal point is the kitchen. It’s difficult to explain but I have always dreamed of owning a house like this. The only thing was that there were a few things I didn’t love and one was definitely the outdated lament countertops. Of course we didn’t have money to spend on beautiful granite countertops, I mean come on we are first time home buyers in our mid 20s. So it was time to sit down and do a little research on inexpensive farmhouse countertops. Luckily, as a girl who has been obsessing over farmhouse home decor and blogs for years I had plenty of inspiration. One of my favorite bloggers to follow, Deb from Seekinglavenderlane literally had my dream farmhouse kitchen so I followed her DIY for her countertops to complete my own kitchen.
Of course we did things slightly different so I wanted to give you our step by step instructions (its actually pretty simple). You will need water, a bucket $13, a 10 inch putty knife $12.50, paint brush for sealer $4.50, Ardex feather finish $19.99, Valspar wet look finish $36.44 and a belt sander $45.57 which totals $130.30!! Totally beats spendings thousands on a new countertop! Luckily we already owned a belt sander which saved us some money but we did have to buy another bag of the Ardex feather finish which I wasn’t too happy about. So if you have a good amount of counter space you may want to purchase two bags just to be safe.
The first step is too sand down your laminent countertops. This will allow the concrete to have something to “stick” to. You don’t have to sand them down all the way just ruff them up a bit. Then make sure to clean off any excess sawdust before continuing on to the next step. Once you start mixing the concrete (using the directions on the Ardex feather finish bag) its important to mix small batches at a time and apply then directly to the countertops because the concrete dries quickly. Using the putty knife we started to layer the concrete on as smooth as possible, then allowed the first coat to dry for 8-12 hours. We then lightly hand sanded the top and edges and applied another coat. Once that had dried we did one more quick sanding (we wanted to see the imperfections in the concrete to give it a rustic look). We then started applying the wet look sealer with a paint brush. To be safe we allowed that to dry for 12 hours and then applied two more coats, waiting 12 hours in between each. The directions say to wait 72 hours before using the countertops but we waited about two days and everything was fine. They fit the look of our farmhouse kitchen perfectly and I am absolutely in love with how they turned out, plus we saved a ton of money! I hope you guys enjoy this post and can recreate your own concrete countertops with ease, enjoy!