The Tools, Supplies, and Materials For Building A Concrete Countertop

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Below I list the tools and accessories you will need to make a concrete countertop. It is important to have the right tools to make your job easier.

There are many different techniques that the pros use, but I’ll keep it simple and list the basic things. If this is your first time making a concrete countertop, I would definitely consider using the following tools before you start.

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If you are buying a tool or accessory to make your concrete countertop, THANK YOU. I really appreciate it!

Tools needed to make a concrete countertopConcrete countertop that I made in my own house

Tools and materials for molding a concrete countertop

This rubber edge gives you a finished edge on your countertop that looks like stone. The manufacturer has many different textures to choose from. The shape is 2 inches high and 8 feet long. You can cut it to length.

This is one of the drills that we will use to screw the shapes together.

We also use the impact wrench but this one will do whatever you need to. Be sure to pre-drill the holes before screwing so that the shapes don’t crack.

Put some petroleum jelly over the head of the screw to prevent spilled concrete from sticking to it.

These are the sink cutouts that you will use to drill holes in your countertop for the faucet and hot and cold water handles.

We use black caulking and a smoothing tool to caulk the corners and edges of the shapes after screwing them together.

This makes for a nice smooth edge when you strip off the shapes.

Get that Bead finishing tool also on Amazon.

TO FORM – We use melamine 4×8 sheets for forms and cut them to size. Melamine has a very smooth surface which makes polishing that surface a lot easier. You can obtain this from your local woodworking company. You can also use smooth plywood, although you may see some of the wood grain in the surface of the concrete after you’ve stripped off the shape.

Tools and materials for mixing concrete countertop mix

This is the type of mixer we use. You can use a 1/2-inch drill bit or just mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow.

This mixer is just a lot faster and makes mixing the concrete very easy.

This is the mixing tub that we are using. You can easily mix an 80 pound bag of Quikrete in this tub using the drill mixer.

When you’re done, just rinse it out and use it over and over.

Bag concrete countertop mix for making a concrete countertop

This bag is a “just add water” mix of concrete for making concrete countertops.

The amount of pockets you will need depends on how thick your countertop is and how many square feet it is.

This Cheng Concrete Countertop Mix Bag contains a color pigment, superplasticizer and fibers.

You just add it to an 80 pound bag of Quikrete 5000 or Sakrete High Strength Concrete Mix.

You can create your own countertop mix from scratch. Here is mine ingredient list you will need

Tools and materials for polishing a concrete countertop

This polishing set contains the polisher and all necessary polishing pads.

To learn more about how to use a concrete polisher and finish your concrete countertop, click HERE.

This is what you’ll use to fill in cavities and pinholes after polishing to 400 grit.

Just mix the slurry and rub it into the cavities with rubber gloves. Choose the color that best suits your concrete.

Scrape off the excess with a plastic spatula, let it dry overnight, and keep buffing.

For more information and a video on polishing, please visit my page on Concrete Countertop Finishing.

Tools and materials for sealing a concrete countertop

This is a food-grade acrylic topical sealer, not a permeable seal. If your concrete is NOT highly polished and somewhat porous, this is a good sealer for you.

This covers 45 – 60 sq. ft. per bottle and you will apply at least 3 coats. You can also order the gallon container if you wish.

This is a food-safe, penetrative concrete sealer for countertops.

It penetrates deep into the concrete and does not leave a film on the surface.

It’s better for more polished surfaces.

This set contains a food-safe daily cleaner, protective wax, polishing pad and a microfiber cloth for cleaning and maintaining your concrete countertop.

how to apply concrete countertop sealer

Here is a video that shows you how to apply the sealant.


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