Do-it-yourself thin set colored concrete for countertop

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Do-it-yourself thin set colored concrete for countertop
Dated kitchen countertops can get a fresh new look with an overlay of thin set concrete. (kitchen image by Ritu Jethani from

Concrete countertops are an alternative to tile or granite and are easy to care for. While solid concrete countertops are heavy, and require more than one person to install, thin set concrete can resurface existing countertops to give them a fresh look. Using thin set is a one person job that can create just as beautiful results.

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Things you need

  • Thin set concrete
  • Concrete colour
  • Trowel

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    Thin Set Concrete Countertops

  1. 1

    Mix the concrete and concrete colour according to the packaging directions. To keep colour consistent you will need to make sure that each batch you mix has exactly the same proportions.

  2. 2

    Cover the existing countertops with a very thin layer of thin set using the trowel to keep the surface as smooth as possible. Tile countertops and countertops with damage may require several coats to smooth things out.

  3. 3

    The concrete must be completely dry before another layer is added and before sealer can be applied. Do not rush this step.

  4. 4

    Seal the concrete using a countertop epoxy. This will keep it stain-free and make it much easier to keep clean.

Tips and warnings

  • For a unified look also cover the backsplash with concrete.
  • Interesting effects can be created by rubbing finishing creams onto the concrete before sealing it or placing decorative appliques into the concrete before it completely sets.
  • Trying to place too thick a layer of concrete or failing to let each layer dry before applying the next can cause the concrete to flake.

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