DIY Cement Counter Tops!!!****????///// Don't even think about it!!! Here is our experience.

Difficult, messy beyond belief. More expensive than we thought. Wanted to cry & give one point I hated them, but now, ah....I have to admit, well, you decide... Do they look good? Oh yeah, was it worth it? Yes it was.
Durrock on top of the cabinets, forms & supports under that. Wire to strengthen, plastic molds to hold the cement in & form an edge. Those are snapped off later.
Rent a cement mixer, add color, cement, & chemicals that prevent cracking. Get someone strong to lug it in in 5 gallon buckets & pour it onto the counter.Over & over again.
Watch it drip down the plastic after you all trowel it smooth an beat it & vibrate it with a sander, do it some it again! And again!!! And again!
You cannot quit now, keep going.
Let the stuff dry & hope. Now, sand for days & days & hours & hours. The dust is everywhere & even scratching the floor. Of course you put plastic down & tarps.
Put two coats of chemicals on the entire thing to seal it. Hope the shine ends up less shinny. Get out of the house because the chemical odor is noxious.
Wa la, bada bing!! It is a miracle! I like it!
Lovely edge. I will never, ever do it again. I do however like the counters. Now I can have the cabinet doors installed & drawer fronts attached. But that is another post, another day.
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  • Jeallard10 Jeallard10 on May 08, 2017
    What sealer did you use?

  • Earlene Ray Rinehart Earlene Ray Rinehart on Feb 10, 2021

    Your counter tops look great, but I hate mine. I’ve been really careful with it after of making nicks in the top, but I still have them. I don’t think the person who did them let them set long enough. Can we redo them and how? I also get water spots if water is accidentally over loped and not wiped up soon .

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  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Mar 13, 2017
    Anything worth having is worth the wait! Great job! Definitely a lot of messy work, but BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing your personal experience with this project. Gives us all plenty to think about.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jun 28, 2017
    Yup, me again. Even months later I still like what you did. The look is awesome. Keep up the great work.