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Concrete is not only the most durable countertop option available, it’s infinitely customizable too. Designers and DIY’ers can use concrete acid stain to match pre-existing decor, as well as to build a stunning centerpiece. Learn more from these innovative concrete experts below!
Yes, through a combination of concrete molds and intensive fabrication techniques, such as sand blasting, a natural wood finish may be achieved using acid stain.
DIY SPOTLIGHT: WILLIAM B. CARLISLE DESIGN
One of the finest faux-wood stained concrete countertops projects we have ever seen comes from William B. Carlisle Design. He’s created several wood grain concrete countertops that are truly spectacular and has agreed to share some of his secrets with us.
• This mold is made of re-sawn lumber joined together with biscuits and wood glue, and clamped until dry.
• Once removed from the mold, the concrete surface is sandblasted to bring out the wood grain.
• The detailed edge grain was constructed from silicone molds that were cast on the edges of lumber.
• Fiberglass sink mold was used for the bowl.
• Polyurethane was used to seal the wood form to prevent concrete from sticking followed with Concrete Liquid Release Agent
• Spray a thin layer of Concrete Countertop Mix to completely cover mold thereby ensuring good coverage over the entire mold, which helps prevent pinholes.
• Filled the rest of the mold with countertop mix and allowed to cure.
• Fit is important to mist the surface with water prior to applying the acid stain. Here we used Malayan Buff, Cola and Coffee Brown Acid Stains diluted 2:1 with water.
• Using a regular paint brush and following the wood grain, we applied acid stain beginning with Malayan Buff, followed by Cola and finally the Coffee Brown.
• Sanding any areas of high contrast will help to better blend the acid stain colors.
• Once the stain has a “wood grain look” the top should be Neutralized and allowed to dry.