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Concrete Overlay Countertop

Refinish Your Old, Outdated Countertop with a Concrete Overlay Countertop

DCI Concrete Overlay
Magic Trowel Overlay Applicator
DCI Concrete Overlay Sample Size

Homeowners with old, outdated kitchen countertops put off replacing them because they don’t want to deal with the mess or take the kitchen out of commission for an extended period of time. Now, with concrete overlay, homeowners can refinish their old kitchen countertop to look new.

Concrete overlay can work with your current countertop surface, so you don’t have to spend a fortune removing and installing new countertops. By using concrete overlay instead of a solid concrete countertop, the structure won’t be as heavy. You can also make your countertop seamless using a concrete overlay, which you can’t do with any other material.

Our DCI Concrete Overlays are very strong and durable, perfect to stand up to the daily wear and tear of a countertop. The DCI Concrete Overlays are a one-step process and you only have to add water. Our concrete overlay mixes come in either Smooth or Complete. Smooth concrete overlay is for a smooth finish. The Complete concrete overlay is a hardy choice great for stenciling or using on a previously tiled surface. If you’d just like to try a sample of our product, we have 3 lb. overlay samples available.

Overlay can be applied to tile, cultured marble and laminated surfaces, as well as wood frames. Smooth surfaces must be scuffed with a sander to give the overlay something to properly attach to. All tile or laminate must be in good condition and well adhered to the current countertop surface to be a good candidate for an overlay.

Installing a concrete overlay countertop doesn’t take long, but it does take patience. Line all of your walls, appliances, sink and underneath cabinets with plastic sheeting to protect them and keep concrete overlay on the countertop.

Crushed Glass Aggregate Sample Kit
Crushed Granite Aggregate Sample Kit

If you’d like to integrate Crushed Granite and Recycled Glass Aggregates into your concrete overlay countertop, apply the ¼” overlay coat and press the natural stone and/or recycled glass aggregates into place. Allow the overlay to dry. Then mix water and overlay to the consistency of a thin pancake batter to form what is known as “slurry.” Apply the “slurry” to the surface to fill any voids or pinholes and let dry. After 24 hours, polish the countertop to reveal the natural stone or recycled glass aggregates. If you use small natural stone or glass aggregates, less than 10mm in size, the stones or glass can be mixed into the overlay, allowed to dry and then polished. You can add colored concrete pigment to the “slurry” mixture for additional color.

For countertops, you should hand trowel the concrete overlay using a square-ended trowel to spread the mixture and get in the seams and corners of the countertop. Use a paint brush to do the edges of the countertops. For a smooth surface, use a Magic Trowel to finish the surface. A troweled or textured surface is an option, but take surface functionality into consideration.

The coverage rates for our DCI Concrete Overlay vary depending upon the thickness of the layer you apply.  For a ¼” in thickness you can expect a 50 lb. bag of DCI Concrete overlay to cover 20–25 square feet. For a skim coat, at 1/8to 1/16”, a 50 lb. box should cover 50-130 square feet, again depending on the thickness.

Once the concrete overlay countertop has dried, you can then customize your countertop with acid stain, deco gel or concrete dye. Remember you must seal concrete overlay countertops. We recommend 500 Solvent-Based Polyurethane Concrete Countertop Sealer Mini Kit and 550 Water-Based Polyurethane Concrete Countertop Sealer Mini Kits for both indoor and outdoor applications.

21 March 2013


  • September 24, 2013 at 5:09 am

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  • Pete swan
    November 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Do you have a supplier and or installer in Sydney Australia please

    • Shawna
      December 3, 2014 at 8:33 am

      No, I’m sorry. We do not. Good luck with your efforts.

  • Erin
    December 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Great Website! Are your products sold anywhere in the Northern Indiana area? Around South Bend? I also was wondering if there was a way to do a concrete overaly Countertop in White? Any and all information regarding this and your products would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • Shawna
      December 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for your message. We do have a distributor in South Bend but I think he carries only the acid stain products as he does not make countertops himself. We offer a white concrete overlay for countertops that I think would meet your needs. Please review the information on the website and let us know if we can be of further assistance. Thanks again for choosing Direct Colors.

  • Lisa Sanders
    January 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    do u also have a gray color overlay? do u have a dealer in Central Illinois?

    • Shawna
      January 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      We do offer a gray based overlay in sample size and 50 lb. box. We do not have a distributor in Central Illinois but would be happy to ship the product to you by UPS. Thank you.

  • Lisa Sanders
    January 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    wut are the prices for the overlay and sealer for 12ft of laminate counters?

    • Shawna
      January 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      The cost will vary by sealer choice and we can’t estimate the cost of shipping one box of overlay to you without an address. Feel free to call us at 877-255-2656 for further assistance. Thank you.

  • Matt
    January 11, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Can the overlay be applied vertically, for the counter edge and backsplash, without using a form?

    • Shawna
      January 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Thank you for the questions. Yes, it can but you must adjust the consistency of the overlay must be adjusted. To trowel overlay on a vertical surface, the overlay consistency needs to be stiff enough to roll into a ball and stick it to the concrete. Wear vinyl gloves when using this method. Spray a pool trowel with DCI Countertop Form Release and trowel material smooth in an upwards motion. Scrape the excess overlay off the countertop face with the trowel. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you for your business

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