A Buying Guide to DIY Countertop Products
Building your own concrete countertops can be a great way to customize the look of your countertops, save money, and feel a sense of accomplishment. Before you embark on building your own countertops, however, you will need to make sure you have the right products and tools. Fortunately, DIY countertop products are much more readily available today than in the past.
The DIY countertop products you will need include form knockouts for installing sinks and faucet stems. The importance of quality knockouts cannot be stressed strongly enough. The knockouts must be properly positioned and precise to ensure the best results. While it is possible to build your own knockout forms, you can save time and a lot of hassle by purchasing ready-made knockout forms. Such forms are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to match your project needs.
Concrete countertop edge forms are also necessary for building your own concrete countertops. When choosing DIY countertop products, keep in mind that a variety of styles is available, including full bullnose, square edge, fancy radius, quarter bullnose, and ogee edge. Easy to install, these products remove all of the guesswork from building your own concrete countertop forms. DIY instructions should come with any countertop products you consider buying. This can prove to be incredibly important to the outcome, especially if you are new to building your own concrete countertops.
Of course, you will also need to make sure you purchase quality concrete countertop mixes, sealers, and polish products. White countertop mix offers the convenience of being a pre-blended white concrete that is specifically designed for use in casting concrete countertops. In choosing the right mix, make sure it features the best blend of fine aggregates, proprietary admixtures to prevent shrinking, and Portland cement.
Stains and integral sealers are also necessary for coloring your concrete countertops. A couple of different options are available. If you’re looking for a mottled appearance, it’s important to choose a water-based dye, like an Aqua-Tint, which is applied after the concrete is cured. For a more uniform color, an integral pigment, such as a Terra-Tint, is the better choice. This type of product is added to the concrete as it is mixed to distribute the color uniformly throughout the concrete mix.
Keep in mind that each sealer product will exhibit various properties, so it’s important to consider whether the sealer will be used indoors or outdoors, whether you want a glossy or natural appearance, and whether you want to darken the colors of your concrete countertop.