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Changing up an Orange Formica Countertop With Concrete

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We bought an older home we planned to use as a rental property. Charming as some of the features in the house are it was also tired and old. We decided to make a few cosmetic updates before renting. We started in the kitchen with painting the cabinets and then moved onto the countertops. I wanted to try a concrete skim coat I had seen on Pinterest. So, as usual, I jumped in.
This was what we started with (the former owners were big Coca Cola fans).
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
After taping it off we started sanding with a sander. I have to say I did not like results so I went to a 60 grid sandpaper and sanded it by hand. Just enough to take off the sheen and allow the skimcoat to adhere.
We mixed it in small batches.
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
We put several thin coats on, sanding very lightly between coats. I did this by hand also. This was DUSTY so go slow with a light touch.
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
I used a trowel to spread the concrete mix.
Then we sealed it with 3 thin coats of Acrylacq.
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
I used a gloss finish because it is what I had on hand.
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
They have been holding up really well for the time they have been in use. Part of the charm is I did not care if they were perfect. But they are holding up under semi heavy use. For around $60.00 (there was not a lot of square footage) I would certainly do it again!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Feather Finish   (Home Depot)
  • Acrylaq   (Amazon)
  • Sponges for application   (on hand)
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