Direct Colors 12 Days of Concrete Countertops 2018
Be Inspired by the BEST Kitchen, Bathroom, Commercial and Outdoor Countertops of the Year!
Concrete countertops, kitchen renovations and bathoom remodels are popular projects during the winter months and we’d like to inspire the DIY’er in you! We’ve selected a few of our favorite concrete countertop design ideas this holiday season in hopes that our customers will try their hand at DIY countertops in 2019. Have questions? Direct Colors is the leader in reliable how-to information and quality countertop products. Call us at 877-255-2656 to discuss your plans with one of our decorative concrete experts or send us a free online design consultation. We’ll be back to you within 48 hours!
Until then Happy Holidays and best wishes from Direct Colors for the New Year!
This elegant acid stained kitchen countertop is one of our favorite creations by Brad Carlisle at William B. Carlisle Design. He puts a great deal of time and planning into his work to ensure that every countertop he designs is perfect and will as closely complement the kitchen he’s placing it in as possible.
Get Acid Staining Countertop Tips from the Expert!
Brad has offered a few tips to help our DIY customers get the best results with their own countertop projects. Click to see Brad’s tips and more pictures of this beautiful kitchen countertop install!
Firehouse kitchens get A LOT of traffic morning, noon and night. While firefighters are known (watch them on the Food Network) for their culinary skills, a kitchen does need some updating every once and awhile. Ray Dymond, Jr. with Dymond Quality Builders was given the task of remodeling the existing countertops for the brave men and women of the Twin Valley Fire Deptartment located in Chester County, Pennsylvania…..Quickly! Fires wait for no contractor to get on with it so the concrete countertop design and the remodel work needed to be completed fast with minimal mess and odor. Enter Direct Colors Concrete Overlay, Acid Stain and Epoxy Sealer!
Remodel Existing Countertop Like Ray did with DCI Concrete Overlay!
Don’t go the time and expense of tearing out existing home, business or commercial countertops and start from scratch. Refinish Formica, tile or build directly on hardy backerboard or wood frames with DCI Concrete Overlay. Click to see Ray’s step-by-step pictures, video and the products used for the project. Take it from a professional, refinishing countertops is the way to go!
Melanie M. in Gilroy, CA gave us our very favorite outdoor kitchen and bar top this year. While she’s far to modest about her truly stunning project, she had this to say about her Direct Colors experience:
“Thanks for using the outdoor kitchen countertop pictures. Makes me proud! I’m SO thrilled with the countertop project and the acid stain and polyurethane sealer products!! You guys were absolutely amazing to me during my project.”
Are Countertops Really a DIY Project?
Melanie would say yes. It’s important to do your research. Direct Colors has some fantastic DIY resources available to help first-timers get started. Download our How to Apply Concrete Overlay guide for refinishing existing countertops or How to Construct a Concrete Countertop for poured countertops. Our expert staff is always ready to help so send us a free online design consultation with your questions and we’ll get you started!
Click to see more on Melanie’s project and other fun outdoor decorative concrete projects!
It takes a skilled and steady hand to create realistic faux marble finishes using metallic epoxy countertop sealer and that’s what Ken Lazenby with Ken’s Custom Design has got! We thought this was one of his best 2018 refinishing projects though it was a hard choice! Metallic Epoxy looks simply fantastic in the kitchen and the money saved by refinishing existing countertops is in the thousands!
How Do You Really Create This Faux Marble Look?
Fortunately, Ken is a great teacher and he’s created numerous videos demonstrating the technique. The truth is he’s such as nice guy he talks people from all over the country through their own DIY projects just because he can. Click to see his how-to video on applying faux marble finishes for the products and techniques to get your own professional result at home!
Match countertop design ideas with the kitchen your family needs!
Homeowner Jake G. from Tecumseh, OK. submitted this very professional kitchen countertop project earlier this year. Jake used Smooth Gray Concrete Overlay and 550 Matte Water Based Polyurethane Countertop Sealer to create this simple yet sophisticated countertop.
Can I get Professional Looking Results Doing this Myself?
There’s no question DIYers can refinish existing countertops for less and sacrifice nothing in quality. Choose a project that’s right for you and always begin with a sample board such as hardy backer board or even sturdy plywood to help you perfect technique and to test for color before moving on to the actual countertop. Direct Colors offers samples sizes of every overlay and color product we sell so there’s nothing stopping you from getting the best without paying the most!
This project was a real Facebook favorite this year. Smooth as Glass Epoxy Finishes for both residential and commercial kitchens. Scott Ellard has acid stained the both countertop projects and followed with an expert application of 100% Epoxy Countertop Sealer. Without question, it’s a one of a kind look that will keep customers coming back and bring years of enjoyment for any homeowner.
How Do You Keep Epoxy Looking Its Best?
Epoxy is a strong, durable coating but applying a polyurethane coating as a top coat does provide additional protection. We recommend top coating with our 500 Solvent Based High Gloss Polyurethane for high use countertops. What you do everyday in the kitchen is also important so we’ve put together a list of best practices to help you get the most out of your concrete countertop!
Andy O. from Findlay, OH submitted this commercial kitchen countertop project and it’s a fantastic example working smart with outstanding results. For subtle color and countertop design, nothing is easier to apply than DCI Concrete Dye. Light, feathery accents give just a hint of color on this clean, attractive commercial kitchen countertop. Unbelievably, these countertops were completely remodeled and sealed for less than $300. Price is no obstacle to kitchen remodeling if you’re working with DCI Concrete Overlay, Dyes and Sealers!
How Do I Start a Countertop Project from the Wood Frame?
If you have the option of framing your countertop and applying the overlay to the wood, you’re in for both an easy and inexpensive project! DCI Concrete Overlay is a very durable material that will perform well as your countertop work surface but surface preparation as with any decorative concrete surface is critical. Seal your wood surface with a urethane or lacquer based sealant and any seams or screw holes with a two part epoxy before applying our concrete overlay. Click here for the complete countertop overlay application instructions and visit our How to Videos page for step-by-step countertop overlay videos!
Black is popular countertop color and countertop design idea with our customers. Jennifer at Ralls Construction in Colby, KS hit the ball out of the park with this kitchen countertop remodeling modeling project. She has added 230 black concrete pigment to our Smooth Gray Concrete Overlay and sealed with 550 Matte Polyurethane Countertop Sealer. It’s a stunning design element alongside the white cabinetry.
Choose from hundreds of pigment color options to create your own beautiful kitchen, bathroom or office countertops for so much less than you’d expect!
How Easy is it to Get Color Consistency with DCI Concrete Overlay?
Color consistency can be an issue with countertop projects, especially if you are refinishing multiple pieces or have a large square footage to cover. We’ve simplified the mixing process by offering pigment color packs to match every color on our white and gray based color charts. Each color pack will color one box of our DCI Concrete Overlay or Countertop Mix to provide consistent color in every box. Really takes the guess work out of measuring and mixing for countertop projects.
Maybe a kitchen or bathroom countertop isn’t your thing and you’re in need of a concrete coffee, dining or occasional table. Well, you’re not alone! Matt K. from Montana sent us this fantastic outdoor concrete table project and this is one of many we’ve received this year! Matt’s project features our DCI Tinted Concrete Sealer and Concrete Dye and is truly a quick, affordable and easy DIY countertop application…at least after you cast the concrete table! Matt told us:
“Finally rounded friends up to move the top on to the base!!!! I built the base out of white oak. Here are a couple pictures and thank you for the great advice!”
What are the Most Popular Design and Color Options for Concrete Tables?
There’s certainly no one design or color for concrete tables because they’re used for so many different purposes. Having said that, acid stain is popular for creating distinct color patterns and especially for outdoor concrete tables where the permanency of acid stain is appreciated. Concrete pigment has also been popular when very specific colors are needed for interior design reasons or when a customer prefers a solid color. Once you’ve mixed the pigment and concrete, poured and later broken out of the frames, all that’s left to do is seal. It’s a real time saver as well as looking fantastic!
For all our concrete table project photos, visit our concrete countertop photo gallery!
The Mitchell family used concrete acid stain everywhere they could for this project! We worked closely with them to get the right acid stain colors for a rustic pole barn look and I have to say we are impressed with the results! For years we’ve been helping homeowners turn garages into shops and living space but the trend is increasingly towards building metal pole barns because it’s a cost effective and highly customizable option for both recreational, residential and professional uses.
The kitchen and bathroom countertops feature Coffee Brown Acid Stain and 500 Solvent Based Polyurethane Countertop Sealer for that rich, glossy finish. As you can see from the photos, this acid stained countertops just set off a room and add a touch of class that doesn’t cost an arm and leg!
What’s the Best Sealer for a Kitchen or Bathroom Countertop?
The best countertop sealer for a project is determined by customer gloss preference and the countertop’s location. For example, Epoxy can’t be used outdoors at all because it will yellow when exposed to direct sunlight. In a kitchen, I’d recommend either a polyurethane or top coating an epoxy with polyurethane for added durability. Kitchens are often the busiest rooms in the house so you want to give those countertops maximum protection. Any of our countertop sealers could be used in a bathroom setting. For those who plan to polish their countertops, we offer a penetrating sealer to be applied prior to polishing. If you prefer a matte finish, our 550 matte polyurethane is outstanding and we have every gloss level right up to the wet look epoxy. Spoiled for choice!
Just to demonstrate his spectacular versatility, here’s another stylish kitchen countertop from William B. Carlisle Design! This time he’s installed brilliant white countertops in all white kitchen! The Carr family is a busy household and the countertop has already stood up to thrills, spills and plenty of baking! Brad has added Ti02 white concrete pigment to white countertop mix to get that pure white finish. Choosing the right sealer is important for white countertops, particularly in the kitchen. Whether you prefer a matte or glossy finish, polyurethane sealers primed with DCI Water Based Sealer provide the best overall protection for kitchen countertops.
Are Integrally Colored Countertops the Easiest Option for DIYers?
There’s no question adding concrete pigment to your countertop mix has fewer steps to the finished product than other color options but there are a few things to keep in mind. Only two factors really affect the final color when using concrete pigment – water and pigment measurements. Every batch of countertop mix must include the same amount of water and pigment every time. Even small changes in the mix design can result in undesirable color differences, especially on multi-piece projects. Solvent based sealers darken integrally colored countertops more than water based sealers so wet the countertop with water to determine how dark you’d like your final countertop to be before selecting a countertop sealer.
This project by Ken’s Custom Designs best demonstrated this year just how transformative concrete overlay and metallic epoxy can be for existing kitchen countertops. In his step-by-step photos and video, you can see the awful tile he began with all the way to the finished project. The most amazing thing about remodeling existing kitchen countertops is the price. It costs significantly less to remodel than to replace and you get exactly what you want!
Ken used Smooth White Concrete Overlay to coat the forms and create the solid, countertop base. He followed with our Rum and Pearl Metallic Pigment Colors in 100% Epoxy Countertop Sealer. The color contrast looks great and creates a natural faux marble look.
What’s the Best Product Option for DIYer’s to Get This Look?
We’ve created an all-in-one kit for countertop refinishing that includes One Box of Concrete Overlay, One 12″ Magic Trowel, One Quart of Tinted Concrete Sealer, One Metallic Epoxy Countertop Sealer Kit, One 10 mil Notched Squeegee and One Spiked Roller. Everything you need to complete up to 50 sq. ft. of countertop. We also provide comprehensive how to guides, podcasts and videos to ensure the process is clear from start to finish!