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
“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
“I am very pleased with your product, never did I believe I would be doing acid stain. Over 3 years, I have continued to add to the garden walkways. Your product is so consistent it is easy to acid stain and continue expanding. You guys are the best!”
Dave S. – Andover, MN
“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
“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.”
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