Solid Poured Concrete Countertop Reviews
Tania | Run to Radiance
Tania did her concrete countertops over 3 years ago ago, by creating her own custom forms to then pour custom concrete countertops (which were reinforced with rebar). See all the details here.
“I would say it has held up medium-well. As far as durability goes, it has held fantastically. We have had no cracks or weaknesses in the thick concrete. Where there was a bit of an issue was with staining. We actually had to strip our old concrete sealer off, sand it down and re-apply new sealer to prevent staining. We were lucky enough to do this with a representative of Buddy Rhodes concrete. I blogged about the process here.“
Tania says, YES, she would do this again “but if I was talking to a friend I'd tell them to make sure they are ready to embrace the imperfections. There will be some staining, some discoloration, etc, but it gives so much beauty and patina to it, in my opinion.”
She rates her concrete countertops as 5 “for sure” (Amazing. I expect this to last for many years.) “I don't think those countertops will ever be going anywhere, unless they are removed by the current owners (we moved from that home in August).”
Tania's tips: It was one of my favorite DIYs we've done. We saved a ton of money and got a gorgeous finish. I would recommend someone to be prepared for a a good amount of upkeep—we had to reseal our counters every 3-6 months or so and it's a messy process! This post here details how we did the resealing if you are curious. 🙂 ”
Wendi | H2O Bungalow
Wendi poured her own concrete vanity countertop about a year ago. She created her own form, and even placed it on her own custom-built vanity base! Read the full tutorial here.
“Our concrete counter has held up beautifully since we installed it last year. The finish looks great and is still shiny. We don't use any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners which helps maintain the original finish. I use a very diluted dish soap and water mixture in a spray bottle to wipe the surface down. Like granite, do not put lemons or other acidic liquids on the surface. Lots of face washes have salicylic or another form of acid in them, depending on what you used to finish your concrete, it may eat through the finish. I put a wet bottle on the counter and one drip made a small scar :(“
YES, Wendi would recommend this process. “I still love my concrete vanity countertop as much as the day it was installed! I would absolutely do this again. I believe using the right products for the job has everything to do with how well the project turns out and the durability.” She rates it as a 5, “It's held up as well as I expected.”
Wendi's tips: Have help when you tackle this project. It's at least a two person job. Concrete slabs are heavy, I'd plan for a few extra helping hands when you plan to move it. Last, research, read, ask questions and learn as much as you can before starting your own project. I'm happy to answer questions on the process or products we used. Feel free to drop me a note from the contact form on my blog.
Jenise | DIY Fun Ideas
In addition to the concrete overlay mentioned above, Jenise also poured her own molded concrete countertops in a class from a concrete countertop pro, as detailed here.
“I made these countertops in a class, so I haven't yet had the opportunity to use them regularly. However, these countertops are 2″ solid fiberglass reinforced concrete. They are far stronger and more durable than granite. You would have to run over them with a bulldozer to put a dent in them.”
Jenise says, “Absolutely YES,” that she would do this again and recommend it. “As a matter of fact, I will be using this technique shortly to make a bathroom vanity top with integral sink. These marbleized concrete countertops are so beautiful and so durable and so unique. They look like natural stone and you can make them in any color to match your decor.” She rates the durability as a 5 (Amazing) “These concrete countertops are made to last 20+ years.”
Jenise's tips: If you've never worked with concrete before, the word alone can be intimidating. But concrete is a surprisingly easy medium to work with. If you're nervous about committing to a large concrete project, try making something on a smaller scale first to build your confidence. You can try something like a concrete planter in which you will use a lot of the same skills including building a form. But even better, if you have the opportunity, take the class I took or find a similar one near you. Hands on is the best way to learn.
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