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Concrete Countertop Series #10: Final Entry

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Blog entry by Siegel_KenEvil posted 01-08-2011 03:05 AM 3030 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be my final blog entry. I’ll post a finished project after applying calk and getting the plumbing done. The below image shows what it will look like but it’s not really plumbed. Need the finish to harden first.

Since my last entry, I filled in the voids again with just a cement/water mix and sanded to 200 grit with and orbital sander. A little hand work was required in the corners. I then used a copper sulfate (root killer) / water mix for the color according to the instructions here… http://www.stainedfloor.com/Copper_Recipes.html

The above shows the concrete stained before being washed off with water.

In the mean time, I created my manifold for the drain. I don’t think the o-ring idea (described on previous posts) will work because the concrete isn’t flat enough. I’ll probably load it up with silicone when I screw it to the bottom side.

This is what I chose for the finish because of the direct contact with water. The instructions are easy to follow and give specific instructions for concrete application. It feels like plastic so some may consider that a draw back. My only advice here is if you are going to use a bristle brush (I think that’s what they recommend), make sure it’s a good one. I started with a cheap one and ended up with a bunch of bristles in the finish. I switched to foam brushes and it seemed to work good.

Here are close-ups of some interesting results

This is how it sits now. I put on my first coat in the garage. I then installed it on the cabinet with liquid nails. There were a few accidents creating chips and scratches in the finish so a second coat was required. What the above picture shows is the wet second application after sanding with 320 grit sand paper.

-- Scott



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Clay Ortiz

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 04:33 AM

Man, that is really cool. I have been thinking of building an outdoor table with a top like that. Now I’m going to have to read the rest of your blog to get caught up. Thanks for posting.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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Pawky

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 10:02 AM

I’ve missed the last few of your blog entries, and seeing it now after a bit of work it is looking fantastic! Very nice job

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Siegel_KenEvil

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 04:30 PM

Clay, it’s so easy. Don’t be intimated especially if it’s just a table top. I’m probably going to make a dinning room table myself. You almost can’t screw it up. All my screw-ups turned into interesting characteristics. It’s also inexpensive so it’s affordable to start over. Check out my nativity stable in projects. I poured that thing 3 to 4 times before getting something I liked.

-- Scott

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