Most people opt for the ease of working with concrete when they are building new homes. However, the look and feel of concrete isn’t that pleasing, and many people find that they don’t enjoy their new counter tops when they use this method. Thankfully there are a few options available to make the counters look and feel like something else, giving you the best of both worlds. Best of all, these methods are still much cheaper than building your counter tops out of more expensive material and are much more durable as well.
If you want to make your counter tops look like they are made out of something like soap stone. You will need to go through a few different processes. Staining, sealing, sanding, and finishing. Each of these processes will take around a day, meaning that your counters can look like they are completely new and much more expensive within a week or less. If you are building a new home, this can be done while everything else is being worked on, making it so the kitchen is completed before anything else.
The first step is to stain the concrete, giving it the correct appearance. This is a simple process that most people who work with concrete are going to do on a regular basis. It only takes a few minutes to apply the stain and the contractor will usually do it before they leave for the night, making sure it won’t be disturbed.
Next you put a sealant on, making sure that it is safe for food and anything else to be on. This will need to cure and may take a few days depending on the environment.
After this, sanding out any spots that weren’t done correctly will give the counted a more uniform look and fix any mistakes that were made.
Finally, shining the counters and touching up and problems that present themselves will complete the look. This is actually a quick process and one that can be done repeatedly if there is any damage to the counters. This will also give them a glossy polished stone look.
Overall, you don’t have to settle for a counter that looks and feels like concrete. You can have fine stone counters for the price of concrete and enjoy a home that looks elegant while not breaking the bank.