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
“Our garage/shop floors turned out amazing!!!! I thought spraying the concrete acid stain was actually pretty fun. The neutralizing easy, but the rinsing several times was a pain! But it’s beautiful and was all worth it! I sealed it afterwards with 2 coats of AC 1315 High Gloss Sealer and then applied 5 layers of industrial wax/polish!!! It’s amazing!!!! It looks like stone with a layer of glass on top ❤💗❤.”
“This was a customer that had to replace some pavers right in the middle of his driveway. He did not like the mismatched concrete paver colors. I used three coats of the Charcoal Liquid Colored Antique to create a match and sealed with the Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer. It really shows the variety of applications for the liquid antique. Customer could not tell the new from the old. And it still looks natural. Thanks again!”
Chris K. – Virginia Beach, VA
“I applied your colored concrete sealer to our new sun porch floor. When the concrete was originally poured, the guy used a salmon colored pigment and we hated it. You advised me to use a colored concrete sealer and I can’t tell you how much I love it. I was worried that I didn’t seem to have much control over the amount of sealer coming out of the Ace sprayer but it all mottled together and it looks beautiful. Like they say, “If you want it done right, do it yourself!” Thanks for advising me which product to use and would gladly give a testimonial about your service!”
Molly C. – Layafette, IN
“We completely rebuilt our kitchen/dining/family rooms and the highlight of the project is clearly the Concrete countertops. Everybody comments on the unique design, color, and embedded glass and stones. There are 9 separate pieces, about 70 sq-ft total. At last, the end result is spectacular and the wife and I are thrilled. We used DCI 230 Black Concrete Pigment and DCI Polyurea Concrete Countertop Sealer.”
Pete G. – Plymouth, MI
“I do want to let you know that we genuinely appreciate the help and guidance that you and your company has provided. My wife has had email correspondence with someone there and she is very pleased with the level of service she’s received, and I’ve called a couple of times to discuss concrete acid stain and I have also received excellent customer service. Our overall experience has been wonderful and our acid stained floors look awesome. So a very sincere thank you to you and your staff.”
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