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DIY Concrete Countertops

Why A Concrete Countertop?

It is the latest trend, and for good reason…concrete material provides you with far more diversity that you can apply to a personal design. This basically translates into your imagination (within reason), and is your only limitation when using concrete for your new countertop.

DIY Concrete Countertops

Countering Concrete Countertop Costs

If you stagger the costs involved with traditional granite or marble countertops against a concrete one, you will quickly discover that concrete is a huge savings…until you pay a contractor or company to custom create it for you, shape it, style it and then deliver it to you. After all of that, you are not saving hardly anything, and you will end up paying about the same as you would for traditional materials.

Countering Concrete Countertop

Concrete Designs & Styles That Will Not Require Updating

The first thing you want to get designed out is the type of style that you are looking for with your new countertop. The best way forward is to make that (sometimes difficult) decision of the overall scheme of your kitchen; is it old and eclectic-looking, is it modern with sleek and slender lines, or is going to be a little bit more subtle and traditional? Once you know what your style is going to be, then you have half the battle won. The overall shape of the concrete countertop is now chosen, so you need to now work on texture and colour.

Because concrete is fickle and will actually change colour and become unique with each batch, you can be rest assured that no matter what design you choose, it will be unique to your kitchen! If you are recruiting the assistance of a contractor, then you will be restricted as to what colours that particular contractor offers (each contractor has their own way of mixing concrete).

Molds, Mixes and Supplies

It is not easy, but it is not impossible if you decide that you want to try your hand at doing it yourself…crafting your own concrete countertop. If you or someone you know is already in the concrete business, then you already have access to numerous supplies and tools that you will need, if you do not…you are looking at some heavy costs to get you sorted out. If you are pretty much ready to tackle custom making your own concrete countertop, then make sure that you also have the correct sealers, glass fiber, counter mixes, topcoat and molds & mixes.

Molds, Mixes and Supplies

DIY Savings VS. Contractor Costs

Is it going to save you money by doing it yourself rather than hiring a professional to just get it done for you? Well, that all depends on your actual experience with concrete, as there are many mistakes that can be made throughout this process (and that would increase your costs overall).  Fitting the concrete countertop right up to the wall can sometimes be an issue, so can ending up with a very noticeable gap between the concrete and the sink. The thickness or thinness may be off and affects proper installation of plumbing and the list goes on…you should factor all of this in when making your final decision, as to whether or not you will do your concrete countertop yourself, or farm it out to a proficient contractor.

The Easiest Kitchen Countertop Materials to Install Yourself

The Easiest Kitchen Countertop Materials to Install Yourself

If you are looking for a way to save money on your kitchen countertops, you may want to consider installing them yourself. Some materials, like granite and marble, are simply too difficult to cut and too heavy to install yourself, but there are plenty of other options. Nontraditional countertop materials, like tile, wood, and laminate, offer great DIY options for the average homeowner. If you are thinking about installing your counters yourself, consider one of these easy-to-install options.

Best Materials for DIY Counters

Best Materials for DIY Counters

If you are thinking about installing your own kitchen counters, consider one of the materials discussed below.

 

While installing a marble countertop yourself may not be a practical choice, there are plenty of other materials that make for great DIY projects.

  • Butcher Block – This material consists of thin strips of hardwood that have been glued together to create a solid slab of wood. The main benefit of butcher block is that it can easily be cut to size for a DIY kitchen remodel. Not only is butcher block easy to install yourself, but it is a very attractive and durable kitchen countertop material as well. One thing to keep in mind with this material is that is needs to be oiled regularly to protect the surface from stains.
  • Laminate – Plastic laminate is one of the top choices for kitchen countertop materials because it is affordable and easy to maintain. This material is made from plywood or particleboard with a thin layer of high-pressure laminate finish applied over top. Laminate countertops are available in a wide variety of different colors, patterns, and textures, so they are a great option if you are looking for a fully customized look. A downside of plastic laminate is that it shows scratches easily and it can be difficult to repair if you nick the surface.
  • Ceramic or Granite Tile – Not only is tile available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, but it comes in different sizes as well, which makes it great for DIY projects. Both ceramic and granite tile are very durable, resistant to both heat and moisture, and they are fairly easy to clean. To install a tile countertop yourself, you must first build the cabinet frame and then cut a solid foundation on which to apply the tiles. You can arrange the tiles in whatever pattern you like, even using smaller backsplash tiles for an accent or border. One of the downsides of this material is that the grout is prone to staining if you do not clean it shortly after a spill.
  • Concrete – Another option for DIY kitchen countertops that many people forget to consider is concrete. Not only is concrete incredibly durable, but it is fairly easy to install – you can also customize it easily with molds, aggregates, and textures. To install your own concrete counters, you will need to construct a plywood mold and pour the concrete in layers.
Building your own kitchen countertops

If you are thinking about installing your countertops yourself, consider using one of the materials discussed above.

 

Building your own kitchen countertops is a great way to save money on a kitchen remodel – it is also a good way to achieve a custom look. For assistance and further inquiries, feel free to contact us or request your free quote today!