A woman tapes up her kitchen cabinets. Her countertop idea Get ready to gasp!

A woman tapes up her kitchen cabinets. Her countertop idea Get ready to gasp!
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We bought an older home we planned to use as a rental property. Charming as some of the features in the house are it was also tired and old. We decided to make a few cosmetic updates before renting. We started in the kitchen with painting the cabinets and then moved onto the countertops. I wanted to try a concrete skim coat I had seen on Pinterest. So, as usual, I jumped in.

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  • changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design, Finished result
    Finished result.
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    changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design, Orange Formica

    Orange Formica
  • This was what we started with (the former owners were big Coca Cola fans).
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    changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
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    changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • After taping it off we started sanding with a sander. I have to say I did not like results so I went to a 60 grid sandpaper and sanded it by hand. Just enough to take off the sheen and allow the skimcoat to adhere.
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design, Henry Feather Finish

      Henry Feather Finish
  • We mixed it in small batches.
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • We put several thin coats on, sanding very lightly between coats. I did this by hand also. This was DUSTY so go slow with a light touch.
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • I used a trowel to spread the concrete mix.
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design, First coat

      First coat.
  • Coat 4.
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design, Final coat

      Final coat
  • Then we sealed it with 3 thin coats of Acrylacq.
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • I used a gloss finish because it is what I had on hand.
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
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      changing up an orange formica countertop with concrete, concrete masonry, countertops, kitchen design
  • They have been holding up really well for the time they have been in use. Part of the charm is I did not care if they were perfect. But they are holding up under semi heavy use. For around $60.00 (there was not a lot of square footage) I would certainly do it again!
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