Direct Colors 12 Days of Concrete Countertop Inspiration
Check out all the Countertop Refinishing Possibilities for your Home or Business
Concrete Countertops, kitchen renovations and bathoom remodels are a popular projects for the winter months. We’ve gathered together a little concrete countertop inspiration for you this holiday season in hopes that our customers will be encouraged to try a project of their own in the coming year. Have questions? Call us at 877-255-2656 to discuss your plans with a decorative concrete expert or send us a free online design consultation and we’ll be back to you within 48 hours!
Until then Happy Holidays and best wishes from Direct Colors for the New Year!
DIY Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops Featuring Metallic Epoxy
Refinishing a countertop has never been easier or less expensive. Direct Colors new Countertop Refinishing Kit combines our concrete overlay and three-part metallic epoxy countertop sealer kit into one purchase. Each kit will cover up to 50 sq. ft. of countertop, contains all the necessary application tools and includes how-to instructions for every step in the process. See what you can do with this remarkably flexible and easy to apply countertop sealer.
What’s Special about Metallic Epoxy?
The sky’s the limit in terms of color combinations with this product. Choose from 40 tinted sealer and 7 metallic pigment colors. If that’s not enough, add any of the concrete pigment and acid stain colors in as well. Any contrasting base color will produce outstanding results with our metallic epoxy finish.
The shimmering colors of the metallic pigment will dress up any countertop in your home. Many of our customers will combine pigment colors for a unique and classy look. Epoxy finishes can be used on any interior countertop or table with outstanding results.
Our how-to instructions really make refinishing an existing countertop well within the reach of most homeowners. The technique is relatively inexpensive compared to over countertop options. With the right products and easy-to-understand how-to instructions, even a novice can successfully complete a countertop refinishing project and be delighted with the results.
Just look what you can do with Metallic Epoxy:
Add a Little Glamour to Your Countertops with Glass Aggregates!
Make your concrete countertop project a conversation piece crushed glass aggregates! Direct Colors offers glass aggregate colors sized from 1/2″ to 1 mm for any poured or overlay finished project. Create unique designs and accents for both pour-in-place and pre-cast countertops. Add 3/4 lb. per square foot for a 1/2 in. dispersion for Size 2 and 3/8 in. for Size 1.
Direct Colors has everything for DIY Concrete Countertops including a step-by-step how-to make a concrete countertop guide, project photo galleries and posts featuring our customer’s countertop successes. Crushed glass aggregate isn’t just for countertops. Consider using our glass for concrete paver and landscaping projects, too.
Here are a few projects featuring crushed glass aggregates in concrete overlay finishes and poured concrete countertops:
That Special Acid Stain Look: DCI Coffee Brown Acid Stain
Coffee Brown is one of our most popular floor and countertop colors. Acid stain creates a unique texture and finish that can’t be achieved by other means. For best results on an excessively smooth surface, sand the countertop with a 400-grit pad before acid staining. Pre-cast counters poured on melamine can sometimes be too smooth to stain successfully. Read over How to Acid Stain Concrete Countertops before you begin and select one of our Polyurethane Countertop Sealers as topcoat for kitchen, bath or bar tops. Looking for a deep, glossy finish like the countertop in this photo? Apply a coat of 100% Epoxy Countertop Sealer prior to your topcoat. Epoxies, while not as durable as a polyurethane coating, provide a deep, glossy look that no other sealer can provide. If that’s what you want, go for it!!!
Kitchen Countertop Remodel Featuring Coffee Brown Acid Stain:
Our Customers Do Enjoy a Blue Concrete Countertop!
Whether it is a concrete pigment or an acid stain, blue is one of our most popular colors. Blue concrete pigment is hard to find especially in small quantities so we’ve upped the ante by offering three blue colors suitable for any project large or small. Blue isn’t just for countertops. The color can be used for flooring, concrete decor and really any project at all.
Of course, the blue colors achieved in white or gray concrete will differ from the actual pigment color itself, but this provides an idea of just how bright the colors are. A little bit goes a long way with these pigments. They can also be used in conjunction with acid stains or other pigment colors as well.
Here’s a selection of some of our favorite blue acid stained and integrally colored countertops:
Decorative Concrete Not Just for Floors and Countertops!
The Keck Family of Texas has done a little more than just a countertop in their living room! Decorative concrete isn’t limited to only countertops and floors. The Kecks have constructed a bar top, mantelpiece, stairs and flooring all colored with Direct Colors Acid Stain and Deco Gel Acid Stain. The family was going for a rustic, country theme while creating an easy-to-clean and low dust environment.
The mantelpiece was colored using DCI Coffee Brown Acid Stain at various dilution rates and sealed using our AC1315 High Gloss Solvent Based Sealer. The stairs were stained with the Coffee Brown Deco Gel to avoid drips and runs on the vertical surfaces. All the decorative concrete finishes – flooring and countertops – are simple to clean and maintain.
Check out all the amazing things you can do with decorative concrete!
Concrete Overlay Countertops Don’t Replace!
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 countertop instead of a solid concrete, 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.
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. A 100 to 200 grit pad should do the trick. Clean well before proceeding. 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.
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.
Once the concrete overlay countertop has dried, you can then customize your countertop with acid stain and seal with a 500 Solvent-Based Polyurethane Concrete Countertop Sealer or consider applying a coat of 100% Epoxy Sealer with or without a metallic pigment color pack following with a coat of 500 Polyurethane for maximum gloss and depth.
Wood or Not Wood? That IS the Question!
As always Brad with William B. Carlise Design continues to impress with his faux wood countertop pieces. Faux wood grain concrete can be used for fireplace hearth, mantels, bartops and more! For more on the step-by-step on how Brad frames and prepares his concrete to simulate wood, visit our blog. See how he applies Direct Colors Acid Stain colors to create a wood grain look in this how to video demonstration!
More From Brad’s Faux Wood Collection:
What about a Bathroom Concrete Countertop?
Concrete countertops are a great addition to any bathroom. In fact bathroom concrete countertops are often a DIYer’s first project. Simple is often better in a smaller room. Our customer pre-cast a gray concrete top and used a paint brush to flick black acid stain onto the surface giving the top a unique but uncomplicated look. The top was then sealed with Penetrating Lithium Hardener Sealer and buffed for a very light shine. Lithium Sealer is a great option for a matte finish but the surface must be buffed for best results before use. Need help? Have questions about the right sealer for your project? Call one of our experienced technicians or send us a design consultation email and get creative with Direct Colors!
More Bathroom Vanity Projects Featuring Direct Colors Products:
Vibrant, Solid Integral Color for Countertops
Integral color for countertops produces a rich, consistent color and is by far the easiest DIY option for customers. Direct Colors offers pre-measured pigment color packs designed to create each color on our color chart in 50lb. of countertop mix or concrete overlay With over 100 color possibilities to choose from, how could you go wrong? Easy to use. No mess, no fuss! Integrally colored countertops can be polished to a mirror-like shine or sealed with a polyurethane or epoxy/polyurethane combination for a deep, glossy finish. Visit our Countertop Supplies page for everything you need for your next countertop project!
More Integrally Colored Countertop Projects!
Sealing Concrete Countertops for Commercial Use
Concrete countertops are becoming more and more popular for bar and restaurant applications. Today’s countertop features both crushed granite aggregate and blue concrete pigment. Almost any design or combination of colors can be fashioned in concrete to enhance or spice up a decorative motif. But not all commercial and residential countertops are created equal. Because commercials tops are high-use, tough wear surfaces, making the right sealer choice is the most important step.
Sealing concrete countertops against daily, heavy use can be tricky. 100% Epoxy is by far our most popular for commercial countertops but for heavy duty use, we would recommend top coating your glossy, deep epoxy finish with our 500 polyurethane countertop sealer for durability and ease of application. You won’t sacrifice gloss for durability with this sealer! While the surface will need to be scuffed, cleaned and refinished in 5-7 years, polyurethanes will give you years of beauty and maximum countertop protection.
Rough, Ready Concrete’s countertop is sleek yet functional for this upmarket restaurant and bar:
Concrete Countertop Color and Artistic Design
Direct Colors offers many ways to color concrete countertops. Some of our customers use every possible concrete countertop color option to get the look they’re hoping for. Ms. Turfle has mixed concrete pigment in her counterop mix, acid stained the surface AND stenciled artwork using deco gel acid stain. Deco Gel allows an artist to work with a stencil or a free hand design much like working with oil paint on a canvas. No drips or runs. Each application dries in place, produces crisp lines and will not bleed under a stencil.
It’s a lot of work but what a fine job she did! One trick used by many countertop designers is to spread rock salt or cornflakes on top of the acid stain to create “texture” on surface. There’s 1001 ways to produce a unique countertop look and Direct Colors has the products to help you make it happen!
Looking Concrete Countertop Inspiration? Check out all of Susan’s Project Photos:
Acid Stained Tabletop Perfection
Acid Stained Tabletops are very popular with our customers but when we saw this project entry for this year’s End of Summer Contest, we had to know more! Mr. Ferrara of Dover Plains, NY designed, built and stained this extraordinary concrete dining table himself. What a fine job he did and we hope his work will inspire you to get started on your next concrete countertop project without delay!
Firepits and similar countertop designs add something special to indoor and outdoor installations. Make your patio an outdoor living space with a concrete firepit using Direct Colors Glass or Crushed Granite Aggregates. We offer everything you need from the countertop mix to the aggregate finishing touch for your project. Call us today at 877-255-2656 for technical or design advice.