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
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Michael W. – Fayetteville, AR
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Randy W. – Aguilar, CO
“No matter what walks in or out, you just do a damp mop and it’s ready to go. A really easy to maintain floor. We used acid stain in the entire house. Every closet, every floor, bedrooms and kitchen. We put a few throw rugs in. I acid stained the whole interior of my 2000 square foot house for about $500-600. To carpet and tile it, it would’ve been about $5,000. And it’s pretty much bulletproof. Been on over a year, and I’ve re-waxed it one time. It looks perfect. Everybody just marvels about our acid stained floors. They can’t believe it. With new construction concrete, it works very well if you protect it. It’s excellent. I would recommend it to anybody. I also enjoyed working with Direct Colors on the project. It was real good experience, no sales tax and free delivery. We had delivery the next day, and it wasn’t expensive.”
Jack W. – Freeport, TX
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