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
“Love the new website. Thanks for making our year here at Art of Stone extraordinary with your exceptional acid stains. I was pretty delighted to see the picture of our statue on your website!” Tamara C. – Tacoma, WA
“I used real plant leaves and made leaf patterns with your easy to use acid stain on some of these patio pavers and marbled others and the end result turned out beautiful. My neighbors said I could make more and sell them, they were so nice. I just read the directions and then started “staining.”
Colleen S. – Indiana, PA
“We used your Red and Mode Crushed Glass Aggregates. The top is comprised of 80% glass and the rest are binders holding the surface together. It’s great for the environment and anyone wanting to get away from traditional countertops.”
Rivers Edge Countertops – Newcastle, OK
“We used your liquid colored antique in charcoal on a parking lot and sealed using Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer. Inspection early this year shows the sealer still intact and the color looks as vibrant as when it was applied. Thank you again for the great products and more importantly the excellent customer support from Direct Colors.”
PSI Pressure Washing – Boise, ID
“Thanks for doing so much for me! It’s funny we built a beautiful home and everyone who comes to visit can’t take their eyes off the acid stained floor. It is the #1 compliment we receive and a great, unique feature of our home. You might want to come and see it in person. Just call me ahead since, ya know, I have 5 kids and would want it looking great, which it always does, but with a little less dirt maybe. :)”
Mary G. – Hugo, OK
“I wanted to personally thank you for your donation of recycled glass aggregates to help University of Arkansas students. We are grateful your time and effort in working with us and providing the materials to us at no cost. Other companies haven’t been as supportive and we wanted to recognize your generosity. We’ll keep Direct Colors in mind when recommending products to others.”
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