The idea of concrete countertops is relatively new. It is something that is just now gaining popularity because now people realize exactly how beautiful it can be. The downside is that it can also be expensive if you hire someone to build them professionally. However, there are some people who create faux concrete countertops so that they can save money and still end up with a beautiful counter top in their kitchen. For this reason, we feel that you should choose concrete kitchen countertops to liven up your kitchen.
When building concrete countertops, you have options. The base of every countertop recipe is all purpose mortar mix. You should use one part cement and three parts sand. The amount you need from there will depend on the size of the countertop you are building. You can add colors to it when mixing it to make it uniquely yours. You can also add glass, stone, or other things into the mix as well.
If you are going to build the countertop right, you will want to build a frame of wood to hold the concrete while it dries and make sure that it is countertop thickness. If you are content with a faux countertop, you can build up the sides of your existing counter top and pour a relatively thin layer of concrete over it. The key is, either way you make it, you must make sure that it is smooth and level. However, as it dries, you can create unique designs or add pebbles or glass to create a border in the concrete to further ensure that you have a one of a kind kitchen countertop that you can be proud of owning.
To finish it off, you will need to apply a sealant to it. By sealing the concrete, you are going to add a glossy sheen to the countertop and it adds the industrial look that most people love. The sealant also ensures that it is non-porous and will not absorb water, heat, or other things that would normally damage concrete and cause stains. The end result will be a countertop that is durable enough to be used in a professional kitchen and one that will last for many years to come and always be beautiful.