DIY Concrete Tabletop Tips
DIY concrete tabletop creations can be fun and easy with our tips. Working with concrete can seem a little intimidating. Fortunately, we have several helpful hints that will get you started today. There are a number of reasons that I chose to do a concrete tabletop. They are to:
- Decide whether to use concrete for our kitchen countertops
- Experiment with various concrete products
- Determine if and how to use glitter in concrete projects
Once you have your materials, you can get started. If you are stuck on what idea is best for you, CLICK HERE for inspiration.
Using Concrete and Glitter to Create a Tabletop
There is no right way to do this project. We tried to find the best way to build our concrete kitchen countertops. With this in mind, we created about 4 pieces out of concrete using different techniques. That helped us see if we liked working with concrete and what we liked best. Concrete is actually a very versatile medium and we are using all of those pieces in different places around our house. There were several decisions to make before we began.
- What type of form to use
- How to form the edges
- What was the best way to incorporate glitter
- How to remove bubbles for a smooth surface
To begin with, we chose melamine as the material used for the form for this project. The edges were straight, so this worked perfectly. We didn’t want the table top to have an overhang, so we it measured carefully to make sure the form was the right size.
Next, the glitter was poured and smoothed across the bottom of the form then the concrete was added by hand. That was to keep the glitter from clumping.
As it was setting up, I used a rubber mallet to tap the sides of the form to help remove the bubbles. Finally, when it was dry, we flipped it over to see our results.
Thoughts on the Process for Working with Concrete
How did the table top come out? As you can see, the rubber mallet did not remove all of the bubbles. Therefore it did not give us the smooth finish we were hoping for.
In the end, we found that using a sander to vibrate the bubbles out did a much better job. It also took a lot longer to get the results that we wanted. The glitter ended up looking clunky, not the shiny overall wash I was hoping for.
We never found a good way to add glitter, so we did not use it for our countertops. You could add glitter to the concrete, as I have done in paint projects, however, this would use a lot of glitter.
In the end, I hope this inspires you. Lastly, if you need more ideas, here are a few of our other projects you can check out before you go.
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