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.

Creating a kitchen that you love is a project that can cost a small fortune. The new cabinets are expensive, countertops are also going to be expensive, and then if you add appliances or flooring to it; it could end up costing you way too much money. That is why so many people are trying to find a new, cheaper way to give their kitchen an updated look on a dime. It is also why we feel you should consider updating kitchen countertops with mosaic artwork.

Why choose mosaic? The fact that it is fun to work on and cheaper than purchasing a new countertop. You can take the counter top off your kitchen cabinets and redo them with plywood or use the countertops that are there to lay out your mosaic tiles on. If you don’t have the money to purchase tiles that you will bust into pieces, you can often find damaged tiles that are being thrown away by people who install tiles professionally. If you are unable to find those, you can use pennies or nickels to create a unique countertop that is still cost effective depending on the size of your counters. There are even people who will bust up bottles of different colors or mirrors to create a mosaic piece of artwork. The same could easily work on countertops. Your only restriction is the creative limits within your mind.

Once you have the material that you plan to use in your mosaic, you will then need to pick up adhesive and grout. Draw out a basic plan of what you want the counter top to look like and apply a layer of adhesive. When the adhesive is tacky, lay out the tiles, glass, or other material on the counter top. It is wise to only work in small sections.

When the adhesive has had time to dry and you cannot move any of the tiles, you will then want to put grout in between the edges. Make sure you fill the cracks with it because this will give you a smoother surface on your countertops when it is done. After that has had time to dry a little, wipe off the excess grout and then continue to allow it to dry. Then you will want to apply a sealant to it to ensure that you can wash it with ease and that it will always be beautiful enough that people will love your kitchen countertops idea.

When in your kitchen, do you feel that it needs a makeover that goes well beyond a new type of wallpaper or paint? If so, you are not alone. Kitchens are a place that we spend a lot of time inside of. We cook in them, visit friends in them, eat in them, and do homework projects inside of them. A total remodel is not cheap, but they get boring and dated looking. That is why we have come up with a few creative ideas for your old, boring kitchen countertops so that you can bring new life into your kitchen.

One idea is if you have an island in your kitchen that has decent countertops on it you can repaint it. A creative idea for repainting though is the idea of chalkboard paint. This idea will give your younger kids a place to draw while you are cooking dinner and all you have to do is wipe it away when you are finished. Small kids will never again be in the other room making a mess while you are cooking or cleaning the kitchen. As an added bonus, you can scribble notes to your partner or write important things on them.

For many people, the cost of a new kitchen countertop is too much money to consider. Did you know that you can use wood flooring to create a butcher block countertop? For some people, this is a great, money saving way to update their kitchen. All you have to do is find a wood flooring that you like, stain it, seal it, and enjoy.

Create a mosaic on your countertop for a fun decorating idea. You can often find discounted or broken tiles for very little money. All you need after that is to purchase the adhesive and grout. If you have a solid counter top to build it on, you can use it, though some people prefer to remove it and use plywood as the countertop base. From there, you plan out your design, add the adhesive, and apply the tiles the way you want them. After that is dry, you will want to use grout to fill in the cracks. Then wipe it down to clean off any excess and seal it so that it will be easy to clean for many years to come.