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’ve ordered Deco Gel Acid Stain and Concrete Pigments from Direct Colors before and have been happy with their products. They have great customer service so give them call or shoot them an email and see what they suggest!”
C. Shaw – Tooele, UT
“Finally! Our acid stained floors looks great. Plenty of “old world” character and charm for our pizza parlor. We’re really happy with the result. I appreciate your customer service, even on a Sunday! You and your staff are awesome!”
G. Bonaca – Greenwood, S.C.
“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!”
“This is how the countertop came out with the colored concrete overlay and sealer. The countertop looks great thanks to you! My high school kids had a blast doing it and learned a bunch. It has stimulated many ideas for new projects. Thanks again.”
Michael K – Vail, AZ
“We’re really glad we took this course. We are definite DIYers who wanted to try concrete countertops and Brad Carlisle gave us the confidence to move ahead with this project. The people at DCI were knowledgeable and great to talk to and we know anything we need they can help us with! Thanks for offering this seminar and we’re getting started with the acid stain sample kit!”
Hiegerts – Maple Hill, KS
“Just wanted to share a few countertops we just finishes last week. All integral color from y’all. Several shades of gray, dark brown, tan, and a little red. Keep up the great concrete pigment products. Thank you!”
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