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Homeowners with old, outdated kitchen countertops put off replacing them because they don’t want to deal with the mess or take the kitchen out of commission for weeks on end. Now, with concrete overlay, homeowners can refinish their old kitchen countertop to look new. Concrete overlay works with your current countertop surface so you don’t have to spend a fortune removing and installing new countertops. As long as you’re a bit handy with a trowel, the new countertop finish will be ready for use in a weekend rather than weeks!
Formica, Tile or Wood?
Concrete Overlay can be used directly over both Formica and tile for your next kitchen countertop remodel. The surface must be in good condition, scuffed using a 100 grit sanding pad, thoroughly cleaned and dry before application. In the case of tile, you have the option of tile lines or no tiles as you prefer. If you’d like a smooth finish, check out our How to Apply Concrete Overlay guide for more details on working with tile countertop surfaces.
If you’re building a frame and starting from a wood base, that’s great option, too. Not only is it inexpensive, it’s also a faster and easier DIY project. The wood does need to be sealed prior to the overlay application to prevent warping due to water penetration. Allow the wood to off gas for at least 24 hours before applying the overlay.
We’ve featured the work of Ken’s Custom Designs. Kenneth has tremendous talent with both overlay and color. Ken uses concrete pigments and acid stains to add finesse and color to his countertops. He does interior floor overlays, too!! If you’re a DIYer at heart, check out our all-in-one Countertop Refinishing Kit for everything you need for a 50 sq. ft. countertop project!
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