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
“Thanks for the follow-up and personal attention to a first time DIYer. It really was VERY helpful. Frank walked me through the contents of my order and gave me several tips and pointers on things to watch out for on acid staining an old floor like mine. Again, I appreciate it and am looking forward to my new floors.”
Eddy W. – Mechanicsburg, PA
“My acid stained back patio turned out beautiful! It was 300 sqft of new concrete. I used 1 gal of malayan buff as the base (diluted 100%) and 1 gal of cola (no dilution) as the accent. I used a $5 1 gallon bug sprayer from walmart to spray it on. Easiest project ever. Shipping was very slow though. That was disappointing, but I’ll be ordering again to acid stain my new 1400 sq ft driveway.”
“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!”
Mary B. – Columbia, SC
“Awesome!! Love that you can use my countertop piece for advertisement. Love y’all’s concrete pigment and countertop sealer products, so we will definitely continue using as much as we can. 😀 Thanks for your help and support.”
Jody G – New Iberia, LA
“Thank you very much. You guys have a great team and outstanding customer service! Look forward to doing more tinted concrete sealer business with you in the future.”
“I’ve sent pictures of the acid stain colors and design detail on our master bedroom to inspire your DIY customers. Thanks for the outstanding service Direct Colors staff provided me when I started this project.”
Carlos T. – Lakeland, FL
“I received a call yesterday from the technical dept. and after a very pleasant conversation with the gentleman, I got just the information I needed. I will be ordering the necessary concrete patch and concrete pigment when my wife decides which color will match the existing grout. She is my color expert. I must say that the conversation I had yesterday was the most pleasant one that I have ever had with a company representative. My thanks for your quick response.”
Phillip A. – Poughkeepsie, NY
“Just wanted to extend my gratitude to you. Through my acid staining process you were very helpful and very honest. I spoke with Frank about my acid stain project and he advised me on some design elements and boy, did my patio come out good for my first time doing this. Next I will be doing my master bed and bath so I am sure you will be hearing from me again.”
Glenn T. Jr – Marrero, LA
“We ordered the acid stain sample kit. We were confident of our original color choice but it was fun to try the other colors and reconfirm our decision!”
Denise D. – Carmel, NY
“I have ordered from you twice recently. I really appreciate your promptness in shipping and my antiqued and sealed patio is looking great! Your products are very easy to use. It is so nice to order products from such a great company online. Thank You!”
Shelley J. – Ripley, MS
“Thank so much for helping us to diagnosis and repair our waxed concrete floor. Love your products and website. We just completed the an acid stain project in the living room and we’re loving it too! On your recommendation, we place teflon sliders on all the furniture that touches the floor so the finish continues to look great!”
Julie L. – New Caney, TX
“We have used your products and did an acid stainedoverlay in an interior room. It was very successful, we love it and get many compliments. We would now like to try our luck with a patio. Thank you!”
“Thanks for all the information you provided to me for our acid stain floor project at our church. We worked very hard that week, with just a few helpers. It was quite a task but we got it done. Again, thank you for all you did to coach me.”
Western Heritage Cowboy Church – Pipe Creek, TX
“These guys are amazingly thoughtful and helpful consultants! I had what I called, “a botched job” at an attempt to stain my floor. I panicked and contemplated vinyl flooring. I called the toll free number and after they saw my downloaded picture, recommended that I start over with and a concrete overlay, and suggested acid stain to water ratios based on my intended design. The floor came out far better than I could have ever imagined. My wife and I owe it all to great advice from Justin and Shawna of Direct Colors Inc.”
Phillip T. – Kansas City, MO
“I recently stained the back patio which had been covered in green outdoor carpet for about 30 years. After much elbow grease and with the assistance of your Bean-e-doo Mastic Remover, I was able to apply your acid stains. I was going for a marble granite look, and got it. Many thanks for the technical support.”
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