Concrete Countertops with Ardex Feather Finish DIY product.
ARDEX Feather Finish Countertops the second try…
Lets make this clear….the second try is all because I misread a blog post two years ago!
Yes…us DIYers do make mistakes and this one I was completely to blame. Though my countertops held up really well the last two years, the past couple of months the counters started to peel.
Yes, because I painted over the counters instead of staining…which the blog post clearly said “STAIN”. I knew when painting them, something was not right. I looked at the tutorial once again and caught my mistake. I was completely bummed…but had to make it work!
I still sealed the counters and like I said they held up pretty well…but after wear and tear the paint started to lift and peel away. I pretty much had no option from here but live with them…or fix them.
I really love the look of the counters and I figured if we did the new layer the right way we would be much happier with them.
With the new go ’round on the counters I had to order another bag of Ardex Feather Finish. The price of the Ardex increased since the first time I had bought it, I guess due to the popularity of this product…but still very affordable. Fortunately, I still had more Sealer…which saved me some money.
We had to start by sanding down the counters to create a roughed up surface so that the concrete would stick well to it.
This time we knew exactly how to apply and figured out a better method. I mixed small batches while the hubby applied the concrete directly to the counters. It’s really important to work with small batches since the concrete dries very quickly. It’s funny how this time we protected less of the kitchen and kind of jumped right in. The first time we had taped off the cabinets and had garbage bags to cover everything. Maybe we’re just pros like that now ; )
After applying the new layer as smooth as possible, we let the concrete dry over night. Keep in mind the concrete dries much lighter than when wet. 8-12 hours should be enough time before adding the sealer. If you choose to add a stain this would be the time to do so. If this is your first time applying the concrete to your counters you will probably add about two layers…we just needed a top coat.
I applied 3 layers of the Wet Look sealer, to protect the counters and to create a glossy look.
Let dry for 72 hours before placing anything on counters. I had to put everything back after 12 hours since I had a BBQ I was hosting the next day. Of course that is how I usually work…my impulsive decision to choose the day before the BBQ to finish the counters. Fortunately, nothing happened to the counters and we were fine after the 12 hours. I would still definitely recommend the 72 hours to play it safe, and not host a BBQ the next day!
This time around the counters feel more authentic and came out much smoother. They are not perfect…but I love the imperfect look of them, makes them more rustic (that’s what the hubby and I say every time something turns out scratched, scuffed, nicked, or has extra holes) Thank goodness for rustic design.
Just thought I would flash a photo of the before kitchen again…if this is your first time stopping by.
You can see the counters were laminate and we used the concrete right over top these.
And the new once more…
So glad we went for the Ardex Feather finish countertops the second time. Made me proud of my kitchen again after hiding the peeling counters the last few months.
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