Your dream home requires a lot of effort on your part. Sometimes you exceed your budget and buying pre-made pieces of furniture could cost a fortune. Ben Uyeda from Homemade Modern shares his tutorial on how to make your own concrete kitchen countertop. By adding pieces that you build yourself, you make your journey to making your dream home come true more meaningful.
This DIY project is divided into four parts:
- The plan (an overview on how you’re going to go about your project)
- Tools and Materials (things you need to build)
- Building the Concrete Top
- Building the Base
Cordless Drill – circular saw – concrete mix – 36” long 1 ¼” square fir baluster – ¾ “ melamine board- 2x4s and 1/4s – 3”, 2 ½” and 1 5/8” stainless steel screws
MAKING THE MOULD
Cut the melamine board to make the mould. Secure it with screws and glue. Using a hot glue gun to glue down the melamine strips works well and also creates a waterproof seal around the outside of the form. Seal the form with silicone caulk, once it’s dry, wipe the mould to remove dust and dirt before pouring the concrete.
CONSTRUCTING THE REBAR AND CONCRETE MIX
Wire together 4 pieces of 1/2” diameter rebar into a rectangle. Make your concrete mix. Pour your concrete mix into the mould only 2/3” of the way, place the rebar in the center and then pour the remaining concrete mix.
LEVEL OUT THE CONCRETE
Make sure your concrete countertop is levelled. Use a piece of scrap wood and run it across the top. Shake the mould to eliminate any bubbles. After the concrete has set, you can remove it from the form. You now have the countertop of your kitchen island.
MAKING THE BASE FOR THE COUNTERTOP
Cut the wood according to the specified measurements, sand out the rough edges. Lay out the pieces for the bottom tray and screw them together. Begin assembling the top frame. Screw on the legs and then screw on the bottom tray. Flip it over and secure all around with screws.
PLACE THE COUNTERTOP ON THE BASE
Eventhough the concrete is quite heavy and doesn’t slide, use a couple of screws to screw through the wood and into the concrete about 3/8” anyway. Seal the concrete to protect and give it a good look.
Voila!!! Now you have your own concrete kitchen countertop. This sturdy kitchen island can be used indoors or outside. Good luck making your own wood and concrete kitchen island.