Concrete Countertops are a great option for your kitchen if you are looking for an extensive DIY project. There are businesses that make and install concrete countertops but they are not as plentiful as granite or laminate dealers. Additionally, concrete countertops usually have a larger price tag because it is often completely custom.
Today’s discussion will compare concrete countertops to other materials.
This is not a step by step tutorial.
It is my belief that you need to know what you are getting into before starting a DIY project of this size. Andy researched for weeks before we took the step to install these beauties in our kitchen. Since concrete as a countertop isn’t as familiar to most, let’s see how they compare to other countertop materials.
We’ve been approached by numerous individuals about how to install concrete countertops that prompted us to design a course detailing each step of the process. We explain each tool you need to purchase or rent, time frames that are helpful to know, which companies sell the materials you will need, types of dyes and stains to customize your countertops, and other tips that DIY enthusiasts need to know before doing this project.
If you are interested in learning more about installing concrete countertops in your kitchen, click HERE to get additional information about our upcoming course that will be released later this year.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS SERIES
I ask each homeowner the top questions people want answers for before they purchase one of the biggest ticket items in a home renovation.
The videos are broken down into small segments discussing:
- Design Consistency
Download your checklist HERE to keep track of what style of countertops you are leaning towards.
**This is the same download for our countertop series.**
It is my hope that after you watch each of the videos, you will have a clearer picture of what type of countertop will work for you and your family in your kitchen.
1. Cost of Concrete Countertops
We approached this section as if you were doing it as a DIY project. There is no labor or installation fee included. You, my friend, are the one doing the manual labor.
As usual, this section is a tad tricky because every kitchen size is different. For our kitchen, we have a 13X7 section and two islands that measure 4X4.
- Cement board
- 18 bags of concrete
- Reinforcing fiberglass mesh
- Stain and/or dye
- Silicone caulking
- Sink kit
- Other tools
- Extra supplies for painting and cleaning
Our total for the project was $1250.00
2. Cleaning Concrete Countertops
We have two boys. They really can make a mess. For a solid year, we have tested our countertops and they have been easy to clean. I use soap and water, Clorox, or a natural cleaner to clean the surfaces.
Listen to see who likes to clean the countertops more!
3. Design Consistency
Because you are pouring the concrete in a mold, there are no seams to match like quartz or granite. There are, however, other design consistency questions you need to answer before you start this project. For instance, will you dye the concrete during the mixing process or wait to stain or tint it once it has cured?
See what we did and learn from our mistakes.
4. Maintenance of Concrete Countertops
When it comes to maintenance of countertops, I am discovering that there are a few variations to the upkeep of the different materials.
For concrete, we put a sealer on it when they were first installed. Unless they begin to dull, there is no need to reseal it. It is that simple!
Unlike granite, however, I do not put hot pots directly on the concrete countertop. It is more because the sealer might bubble or stain, the concrete itself would be just fine.
5. Customizing Your Concrete Countertop
Finally, one of the main reasons that we put concrete countertops in our kitchen was for the endless possibilities of customizing the shape, color, design, edging, and size without breaking the bank!
I can’t always afford my high-end tastes so I am always looking for ways to make it look high end without the price tag. This DIY project certainly ticked off both of those boxes!
First, we were able to get the size and the edges that we wanted with no additional costs.
Second, the color and design were achieved with some trial and error but at minimal cost.
All in all, I love our kitchen countertops. They are fun to look at and we love sharing how we were able to make this a family DIY project for our home renovation.
Pink Party Tip: If you are thinking about installing concrete countertops, you will want to do a sample piece to test color. We didn’t want to waste the sample piece, so we designed a small table and used columns from At Home as the legs. You could design a coffee bar, end table, or front porch table as a great practice piece.
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