Forms for Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops for the residential kitchen have been taking a bit more market share lately. They are not that expensive to make in terms of material cost. The real expenditure is in labor. It is a good DIY project to undertake but it is NOT simple for the first timer. Building one takes cement, gravel, coloring pigment, sealant, and the proper forms for concrete countertops.

The Best Material for Forms

How to Make Formica Countertops

You will find there are plenty of materials available that you can use for your countertops. One of the most affordable is formica and you will be glad to know that it is easy to install. It is also available in a variety of colors and designs to choose from.

Some of them are solids and others offer colorful types of artwork. Formica is placed on top of the countertops you already have instead of completely replacing them. Once you have the basics of how to make formica countertops you will be ready to start the process.

Getting the Surface Ready

DIY Concrete Countertops

”ConcreteThere are two ways to create a countertop using concrete; the first is to pour the concrete directly on top of the cabinets and then hand trowel the surface. The second is to build moulds for the countertops and pour the countertop offsite.

Making the template

If using the pouring method you need to create a template for which you trace the countertop base on an oversized piece of wood veneer or connect strips of wood veneer. The template should be the exact size of the countertop base and not the size of the countertop that will go on it.

Laminate Counter Installation

Installing new countertops is a quick and affordable way to give your kitchen a makeover. On of the most popular materials for countertops is laminated melamine plastic, known by the brand name Formica. It is available in sheet form in many colors, surface textures and patterns. Once you have picked out the type of laminate you want, and ordered it, you'll need to make measurements of the countertop area so that you can cut the sheets to the proper size.

Granite Countertop Installation Tips

Countertops are the focal point of a kitchen because they are not only used daily but are the primary surface in a kitchen. Installing granite countertops can add a great deal of flair and beauty to your home. This article provides a few granite countertop installation tips to make the job easier for you.

Selecting Granite Countertop Edges

There are several types of granite countertop edges available to compliment and accent the current room theme. Prior to installation, it is important to look at the different edge options and select the one that will be used for your project. For example, a very popular edge is the bullnose edge which is custom made by the manufacturer or by the tile installer.