Granite is a popular kind of masonry used to make countertops but can be ultra-expensive. Concrete is a more affordable option that offers a sleek, modern look. Plus, they can be painted with a realistic granite finish. Here is a step-by-step guide on making concrete countertops look like granite.
Step 1: Prepare Concrete
Are you ready to learn how to make concrete countertops look like granite? If you are, then the first thing you should do is thoroughly clean them. You can do this by mixing two parts water and one part degreasing cleaner in a bucket. A faux granite finishing kit will provide the degreaser as well as black primer, minerals, a sponge, and a clear topcoat. Clean them with a cloth dipped in the mixture, then rinse with a damp (from water) cloth. Let the countertops dry completely before moving on to the next steps.
Step 2: Prime Countertop and Surrounding Area
While the concrete is drying, line all edges that meet the sink, cabinets, walls, and other structures with tape. Cover large items and floors(even if you usedconcrete floor sealer products on them)with drop cloths, and put overlapping pieces of painter’s tape over backsplashes, if necessary. Apply black primer evenly over the top of the countertop with a paint roller. Switch to a sponge cloth and prime the countertop’s edges and trim. Let dry for at least six hours.
Step 3: Add Minerals
Once the primer has dried, you can add the minerals. This will give your countertops agranite-like texture. Sprinkle the minerals (from the finishing kit)onto a sponge. Gently pat the minerals onto the primed countertop surface using a sponge. Do your best to make the mineral application look natural and random. Let the application dry for two hours.
Step 4: Apply Top Coat
When two hours are up, check the counters for rough spots. If you find any, sand them lightly with 320-grit sandpaper. Once you’re done sanding, apply the topcoat over the entire countertop with a paint roller and sponge brush. The topcoat needs to dry for at least eight hours. Examine the counter again when the sealer is dry and sand any rough spots you find with fresh sandpaper. Apply a second layer of the clear topcoat. Wait for the topcoat to dry (about 48 hours) before using the counter.Congratulations! You now know how to make concrete countertops look like granite!