This concrete countertop in the guest bathroom is probably one of my favorite house projects so far because it’s been one of the hardest things with an amazing outcome, and it reminds me that at least one room is completely done!! Such a good feeling after you buy a fixer upper and realize that everything needs to be fixed up.
I saw ideas online about a concrete top that you didn’t have to form a mold, the kind you just layered over the original countertop, and thought it looked cool and easy enough to give it a try.
Well, it didn’t exactly start off easy. After an unsuccessful start due to the wrong kind of concrete and figuring out the right consistency, poor hubby had to chip off all the concrete by hand and do it again. At this time I was ready to pitch off the whole vanity and go to Menards that very minute to buy a new one. Bless his soul, he’s a “try it again until you get it right” person. I guess I could learn a couple lessons from that 😉
I’m glad that we stuck with it and saw the project to the end because now we have a totally cool and long lasting countertop that matches the bathroom so well.
I’m trying to get better at taking pictures during the process…maybe a New Year’s resolution?
DIY Concrete Countertops
*Get a smooth concrete mix
We got a concrete mix that said it was meant for countertops and in the future I would NOT get that, because it had pebbles in it that we ended up sifting out.
*Find the right consistency
Mix the concrete according to the directions, but I would air on the side of watery over thick.
Sand between layers but be careful not to over sand and sand down to the original countertop.
Seal it with a concrete sealer at the end. We chose a clear, glossy finish.
In my mind the countertop was supposed to be a smooth finish like this:
It didn’t turn out that way, but I actually prefer the way it did! Because I didn’t intend on the uneven look, I can’t exactly tell you how to achieve it.
What’s that they say about a silver lining to every cloud?
I’m close to posting an overall bathroom reveal and I just can’t wait! Eeek!