One of the finest countertops we received photos of this year came from a local company, William Carlisle Designs. He’s created several wood grain concrete countertops that are truly spectacular and has agreed to share some of his secrets with us.
Preparing the Mold and Pouring the Wood Grain Countertop
• Mold is made of re-sawn lumber joined together with biscuits and wood glue, clamped until dry.
• Sandblast the surface to bring out the wood grain.
• Edge grain was constructed from silicone molds cast on edges of lumber.
• Fiberglass sink mold was used for the bowl.
• Used a polyurethane to seal the wood form to prevent concrete from sticking followed with liquid form release.
• Sprayed a thin layer of countertop mix to completely cover mold to ensure good coverage over entire mold which helped prevent pinholes.
• Filled rest of mold with countertop mix and allowed to cure.
Acid Staining For a Wood Grain Concrete Countertop Look
“I’m a decorative concrete contractor in SW Florida. I recently started using your acid staining products and wanted to say they are the best – truest colors, easy shipping and ordering. Love your website. It is so nice to have a question and just look it up on your site and find a how-to guide. Awesome. Keep up the good work and service. I plan to buy from you for a long time.”
J. Kristopher – Florida
“Acid Staining really was easy and actually pretty cheap. I did a LOT of investigation before tackling it and by far and away the most difficult part was prepping the floor. I probably spent 90% of the overall time getting the floor ready to be stained. The actual procedure was simple and the clean up was easy. I recommend going to Direct Colors How-to Videos and Guides page as a starting point. After reading all sorts of docs and watching endless videos, I can assure you that all you need to know is right there on that site. I’ve also bought acid stain from them a couple of times and it works great.”
Dan B. – Fairmont, WA
“Shawna, Lisa, and Justin were phenomenal to work with and helped us choose the perfect acid stain colors! They sat on the phone with us to make sure understood how to apply it and make it beautiful! Pictures to come soon! Excited for the finished product!”
“Just wanted to thank you. Great DIY website, great acid stain products. Lots of information to let the homeowner know the how and why of your product. I can’t say it was easy, but look at the results! My new straw bale home was made even better with my new acid stained floors! Thank you!”
“Our homeowners wanted to give their newly extended entertainment area a really nice two-tone acid stain on top of a textured patio overlay. So happy with how it turned out. So stoked to see that English Red accent the Coffee Brown look so well…..with thanks to Shawna Turner/Direct Colors for the always dependable materials to get the job done well. Another back patio ready for fall/football season!”
Red Rock Concrete – Edmond, OK
“We just finished up with our acid stained living room project. We loved Direct Colors products and your staff was very helpful each step of the way as this was our first time using concrete acid stain. In fact we love the flooring so much we are going to stain the bedrooms in the house and our daughters room within the next couple of weeks!”
Billie G. – Oklahoma City, OK
“I just started using direct colors products for my new business. I love the concrete overlay and acid stains and the awesome customer service I got at the company.”
“I’ve spoken with several people at Direct Colors and you ALL rock!!! Absolutely AWESOME customer service. Thank You ALL for making my experience truly exceptional. In a time where so much customer service is handled with computers I applaud you all. Perhaps the most impressive fact for me is my order is tiny!! I appreciate that!”
“Direct Colors was very helpful and offered advice on how to get the mottled countertop look I was trying to achieve. The process was simple and the Deco Gel Acid Stains were quite easy to work with. I am pleased with the final appearance of the projects and look forward to many years of enjoyment using the countertops.”
Susan T. – Westminster, MD
“Thanks for a fine acid stain product and great instructions. It was a lot of hard work but the results are fine and the DCI Concrete Floor Wax and Polish really made it “pop”. We are happy with the project and the economy of covering 1250 feet of floor space for only about $400. Our total cost was a bit more than 50 cents per square foot. Since we plan to do more next fall, that puts us in the class of satisfied Direct Colors customers.”
I have included a couple of pics that just don’t do justice to the actual finish look. It was awesome and my customer was thrilled. I used your Cola and Coffee Brown Deco Gel Acid Stains on an exterior shower stall/bath house. Thanks for all the technical help. Looking forward to trying the new products I’ve ordered.”
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