Day 1: Concrete Countertop Design with Direct Colors!
Concrete Countertop Design by YOU and Direct Colors!
Start with a Design Consultation and We’ll Help You Make It Happen
Randy D. contacted Direct Colors for the first time through a Free Design Consultation we offer all our customers on our website. He gave us a brief description of his project and attached a picture so we could see what he was really hoping for. Since he’d never done a project like before, he wanted be certain his a concrete countertop design was both attractive and functional.
Essentially Randy wanted an solid colored outdoor kitchen countertop that would be used for cooking and entertaining. He was looking for a charcoal gray color with a smooth surface finish. One of decorative concrete technicians reviewed his submission and photo then went to work.
How Can Direct Colors Help?
The first thing our technicians do with a customer is walk them through the entire project start to finish. Reviewing the project together helps us to better understand the customer’s objectives and to identify potential pitfalls before they happen.
After talking with Randy, we recommended the following products for a 55 square foot outdoor countertop:
• 12 lbs of High Zirconia Alkali-Resistant Chopped Fibers
• 36 linear feet of High Zirconia Alkali-Resistant Fiberglass Net
• 22 lbs. of 230 (Black) Concrete Pigment
• 1 quart of Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer
• 1 500 Solvent Based Polyurethane Countertop Sealer with a 10″ Squeegee Applicator
Randy’s Concrete Countertop Design Plan
Proper reinforcement for any poured concrete countertop is critical and the weight of the concrete is also a factor to consider. We’ll recommended Chopped Glass Fibers and Fiberglass netting to provide internal cross linking strength as well as reduce the overall countertop weight. For more informaton on glass fiber reinforcement, read over of our How to Construct a Concrete Countertop Guide.
Since Randy preferred a solid colored countertop, we’ve suggested a powdered concrete pigment. Concrete pigment is added to the mix prior to pouring to integrally color the concrete throughout. Randy wanted a Charcoal Gray so we’ve selected Battleship Gray (230-2lb.) from our Gray Based Concrete Pigment Color Chart. Our How to Use Concrete Pigment Guide provides complete mixing instructions.
Randy requested a durable yet glossy finish for his countertop. We’ve recommended a primer as of Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer to fill in any slight surface imperfections and improve top coat adhesion. The 500 Solvent Based Polyurethane is suitable for outdoor use and has good chemical resistance and durability. Like all polyurethanes, the 500 will need to scuffed, cleaned and reapplied about 5 years after the initial application depending on use. When sealing outdoor countertops during the summer, always apply the sealer late in the evening or very early in the morning when the concrete is at its coolest temperature regardless if the countertop is in direct sunlight or not. Avoid applying polyurethanes outdoors during the winter. For complete application instructions, check out our How to Apply 500 Solvent Based Polyurethane.
Here’s the Big Reveal…
We’re proud to have helped Randy to achieve such a close match to his ideal outdoor kitchen countertop and we’d be happy to do the same with your next concrete countertop project! Here’s what to do:
• Submit a Free Design Consultation online.
• Provide us with brief but clear description of your project and what you’re hoping to accomplish.
• Attach an example project photo you’d like to try and match or a picture of the existing concrete.
• Give us 24-48 hours to respond and we’ll be in touch with our recommendations.