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 had three different aged concrete slabs I was trying to bring to life. I considered coloring my new concrete but didn’t like that my 2 preexisting sections would be a different color. I started looking on the internet and ran across Direct Colors. I submitted questions and Frank was quick to respond. My project looks amazing, new and most importantly, something I did/learned on my own! Love love love the Chocolate Liquid Colored Antique and Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer!!! Thank you for selling quality products!”
Janelle S. – Meridian, IN
“Liquid Antique is a fun product to work with. Client showed me a dream picture of what she would like her concrete to look like and with the antique colors Direct Colors provides, I was able to get results near exact. The process of application, end results, an interesting blend and movement of colors. I love this product!”
TCB Construction – McLoud, OK
“Great products and price. I love not having to drive all over town to get the items I would need for my acid stain project. I also appreciate the quick processing and shipping.”
Lowell C. – Las Vegas, NV
“I wanted to thank you for all of your help. My wife was a little skeptical (to say the least) when I said that I was going to undertake this acid stained basement project. I did exactly what you said to do and boy, did the floor came out great. It is just what we were looking for. I could have not done it without your advice.”
Gene R. – East Amherst, NY
“I’ve had so many compliments on our concrete dye basement floor project, and everyone wants me to do the same thing for them! The options with DCI Concrete Dye are endless, and the results are impressive. Thanks to the Direct Colors team for helping with our project.”
Jeremy F. – Brighton, MI
“I just wanted to drop a line and say thank you so much for the quick delivery of the acid stain and concrete sealer. We received everything this morning and not only that, the order was complete! We’ve learned that is not always the case when ordering online so again a BIG Thank you!!!!!! Looking forward to beginning the staining process next week!”
Laura T. – Rincon, GA
“Just wanted to tell you how much I love your products and your amazing customer service. Your technicians are so incredibly helpful. White concrete overlay over existing Formica surface, applied Stormy Gray and Khaki Concrete Dyes and a Single Component Polyurea Sealer. Whole kitchen countertop facelift cost $400. Love you guys !!”
Bonnie H. – Mansfield, OH
“I am a very satisfied recent customer. I just placed my second order to complete my acid stained patio project and I am so excited to see how it turns out. It looks amazing so far! I will definitely recommend your products to everyone I know! Your customer service is also wonderful. Your staff answered all my questions without making me feel like a lesser person because a) I’m a woman and b) a DIY’er. I am so glad I found you guys! Thank you!”
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