We started 10 days ago with a “hot mess”~I mean blank canvas…
(Like the light pinkish/grayish painted vanity?)
Also the kitchenette to our very neglected guest house/apartment above the garage.
All original from the previous owners and literally never touched by us. A nasty combo of grease coated, rusted out, painted over, sticky back linoleum, vinyl, wood and laminate surfaces. (Seriously I was two seconds away from calling our plumber and having both the bathroom sink and kitchenette torn out.) I thought the job impossible.
Only Eric knew to make me a deal. If concrete wouldn’t work I get new vanities. But if it does work I get Carte Blanche on the decor budget. Which would mean…(what he hates the most)…Accent Pillows! Lots and lots of accent pillows!😄 Deal accepted!
This indeed would be the ultimate concrete countertop challenge. Especially when we didn’t have a complete Encore countertop kit! Yikes! (More on that later)
So here is where we started…Cleaning 10+ years worth of gunk.
Like our last concrete project, Encore kitchen countertops, we knew to horde cardboard and stockpiling 3m painters tape. Next came repairing parts of the counter. (Ie re-gluing down peel and stick linoleum)
(And when you don’t have enough clamps, bricks work just fine) 😉
As I mentioned before we did not have a full Encore countertop kit available this time around. We were missing the actual concrete. Instead we had just a leftover gallon of superbond and the Proseal/activator concrete sealant. Therefore I took a gamble (because accent pillows were on the line) and picked up some Henrys feather finish at Home Depot. I also tested the combo out on a piece of scrap board:
Superbond and Henrys feather finish…They went together like peanut butter and jelly. However I must admit, I prefer working with the Encore kit. Their concrete was easier to control, smoother/fluid and a bit more durable as it dries. (Which is another reason why the project took so long, I wasn’t experienced working with this brand of concrete and more sanding was required between layers.) Yet it all came together, so we were confident enough to tackle the counters.
First layer of superbond…
Layer two of superbond and right before sanding…
Also quick reminder…Don’t forget to remove all the painters tape before the last coat of superbond dries. This will help immensely with clean sharp lines.
Next came the Henrys feather finish concrete and concrete sealer…
This time we’re not delving into all the details and steps on our countertops as we did here. Unfortunately we don’t have perfect “after” photos yet. We still have to silicone seal the sinks and clean before final photos can be shot. Overall so glad to check this one off the list!😀…Now I’m off! I have accent pillows to buy! Happy Sunday Everyone!
Psst!..This is our 100th blog post today! And we’re finally on Instagram! Follow our guest house progress and check out the sneak peeks.