Grillin’ n’ Chillin’: An Outdoor Kitchen Countertop From Start to Finish
Art’s 2015 End of Summer Photo Contest Winning Project
Direct Colors’ holds an End of Summer Photo Contest every year in August to encourage customers to show off their fantastic work. Projects include indoor floors, patios, concrete decor, countertops and sometimes a few suprises! We reward the winner with a $200 gift certificate and feature a step-by-step project description on our website so others can truly appreciate the hard work and skill needed to create such a striking outcome.
Outdoor kitchens are all the rage and everyone is looking for ways to enjoy and extend the time they can spend outside. There’s no question that this year’s winner has done just that. Art D. of Folsom, CA won the hearts of our Facebook friends with his submission, Grillin n Chillin Acid Stained Outdoor Kitchen Countertop. What a beauty! He’s provided us with a detailed account of his process so I’ll turn it over to Art. Enjoy!
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“Thank you for providing us with an avenue to share our work / project with homeowners sharing similar interests other than family and friends. I am sending you some photos of the project that I completed myself from start to finish. The project took me about 2 months to complete working evenings after work and on weekends. I had never done a concrete countertop before so I did a lot of research on Youtube, especially when it came to the acid staining, also a first for me. I am hooked!! I had previously “painted” and have done an epoxy-type finish on a garage floor but had never done acid staining. You have created a monster!! Realizing how simple the process is and the beauty of the results I will now forever do acid staining on my concrete projects. I plan on ordering some stain from you for my garage staining project with my “winnings.”
I framed the cabinetry using 3″ metal studs and skinned it with 1/4″ Hardee concrete backer-board. I ordered the “Full Bull-Nose” templates and used 12 eighty pound sacks of 5000 Plus concrete mix. I hand-troweled the entire countertop and hand mixed all the concrete including the flooring on my wheelbarrow!!
“I had no previous experience using acid stains so I did lots of research on the process and felt more comfortable once I ordered and received your product. I ordered the 10 bottle large acid stain sample kit and used the Malayan Buff as the base coat followed by some English Red and topped off with Cola. I used the DCI Single Component Polyurea Countertop Sealer. All in all, we are very pleased with the results.” Art D.