DIY White Concrete countertops are now easier than ever! Pour in place and so smooth and beautiful!
I am over the moon excited to share my DIY white concrete countertops with you today! The response from our Instagram and Facebook readers has been HUGE! You love the white concrete countertops just as much as me, and I'm so happy about it!
DIY White Concrete Countertops
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Z Counterform Concrete Countertop System
We were lucky enough to stumble across the Z Counterform System on Instagram and I am THRILLED we did. What is Z Counterform? A patented concrete countertop form that allows you to pour your concrete countertops in place. Say what?! YES! No more making a mold and pouring countertops in your garage, then flipping them over and securing in place. That is a thing of the past! You can literally DIY professional countertops, poured in place, and smoothed to perfection without a professional. See the black around the perimeter there? That's the Z Counterform. It is attached to cement board.
DIY White Concrete Countertops?
Yes, white concrete countertops exist! Z Counterform has a special white countertop blend and a bright white additive specifically for that clean white look. The blend is smooth and specially formulated for countertops.
How does the z counterform work?
There are loads of YouTube Videos I highly recommend you watch before doing your own concrete countertops, BUT here's the reader's digest version of what the Z form is all about. The Z Counterform is attached to your cement board (part of the process you can see in the photos below). Once your countertops are set up, you snap off the form revealing your perfectly smooth edge. This also allows you to pour your concrete in place!
Below you'll see the Z Counterform, cement backer board, & fiberglass mesh reinforcement. Concrete is ready to be poured!
Is the DIY Concrete Countertop System as easy as it looks?
Ease of use is the number 1 question I have gotten asked by you, our readers. The answer is yes. As I stated earlier, you'll need to educate yourself on the system and watch all of the how-to YouTube videos put out by Z Counterform. We honestly watched them all and multiple times each. This helped ensure we knew EXACTLY what to expect during this whole process. We know you'll also benefit from watching their video!
How Pricy are concrete countertops?
Our countertops cost $1250. This includes freight. From what I found online when researching concrete countertops, pricing ranges from $65-$135 per square foot.
That's a lot of concrete. Our UPS guy was glad we were there to help lug it all in the house!
Here are some photos of the process from start to finish. If you'd like to see videos showcasing the ENTIRE project, head to our Instagram @cloverlaneblog and click on my Highlight bubble titled "concrete countertops".
What finish do you use?
Every single product you need for this entire process can be found on the Concrete Countertop Solutions website. Our sealer has a matte-satin finish and is super easy to apply. You simply mix it up and apply it with a foam paint roller. It's also worth noting that the sealer doesn't have a harsh smell which is an added bonus. Here's our Z Aqua-Thane M35 sealer!
How are the countertops holding up?
I'll be completely transparent here. There are a small few spots that have stained a bit BUT I'm confident that it's because I must not have sealed as well as I should have. My plan is to buff the stained areas and then re-seal it. The 2 spots are TINY and don't bug me, however, it's worth mentioning to be very thorough when sealing. All in all, the countertops have held up great and I LOVE them. They have the perfect look I wanted in for this kitchen. A modern updated look with an old-world feel. Both my tile and concrete countertops compliment the look I am going for.
Can you patch areas after you pour?
Yes! Concrete Countertop Solutions sells a patch kit! We have one ready to go if we need it. I'd recommend buying one to keep on hand just in case you need it in the future. If we end up using ours I will add the info to this post AND create a new blog post on patching.
Would you pour your own concrete countertops again?
YES! Absolutely. I actually plan on putting concrete in at least 1 of my bathrooms, if not both! I 100% recommend the Z Counterform system and I would highly recommend you use this system too if you want concrete countertops. After doing my own research, I would not be comfortable making my own forms and placing the HEAVY countertops after curing. I am thrilled to have found my one stop shop for professional-grade kitchen counters and I know you will also be very pleased!
Questions about concrete countertops?
I am not a professional but I am happy to answer any questions specific to this project. For any technical questions, please refer to the Concrete Countertop Solutions FAQ page and the how-to video page here.
- Do White Concrete Countertops Stain? Concrete is inherently porous, it is recommended that you reseal your countertops every year to help them maintain their beautiful white finish.
- Can You Get White Concrete Countertops? Yes! The days of grey concrete countertops have come and gone! We used the "white concrete and bright white additive" from Concrete Countertop Solutions. It is the perfect White Concrete Countertop!
- Are Poured Concrete Countertops Expensive? If you are DIYing your countertops they are very cost effective! Concrete Countertop Solutions will will answer any questions you have when ordering your supplies!
- Where to buy? We used Concrete Countertop Solutions for our kitchen! They have a pour in place system that makes it easy for all you DIYers!
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You did it AGAIN. Wow! Love the entire look.
Thanks Tina!! You are the best!!! Thanks for always being so supportive!
Want to come to Utah and teach me how to do mine?
I wish! That would be so fun! Watch all of Z Counterforms videos and you'll be a pro in no time!!!! 🙂
What a shame u covered up that old brick backsplash.
Half of the brick backsplash you are referring to was a peel and stick vinyl from Home Depot, the other half was cheap brick pavers that were painted white. Looking at the photos it does look like original brick, but it is actually residue from the pavers. I would never have ripped down original brick.
Hi! How thick did you make your countertops?
Our countertops are 2 1/4" thick. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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I am obsessed with the look of these! Can you talk my husband into letting me do our kitchen countertops😩😂. He wants epoxy. I want this.
Oh!! I love mine but I am intrigued by the epoxy! I'd love to see photos if you end up going that route!! -Sadie
Looks like you used a ton of concrete as you say above. What is the total square footage of your countertops?
We used 12 bags and our countertops are 41.6 sq. ft.
They look great!! How long did it take to cure them?
Thanks Missy! The whole process took around 4 days from pouring to curing to sealing. The Concrete Countertops Solutions website (which we linked to in the post) has great info on all of the specifics for curing time and the whole process. Hope that helps. -Sadie
Counter tops look great. Can you share a link to your shelves?
Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much. We really love them. I am so sorry to report that I don’t yet have a post up about my shelving but I do plan on it in the near future. The brackets we made out of 1x2 lumber and the shelves are 2x12 pine boards from Home Depot. Hope that helps. -Sadie
Hi Sadie, your countertops look great. I’m debating using the same company. Did you add the bright white color to the mix? My goal was to make a light gray countertop versus white. Can you tell me more about the color?
Thank you so much! We did add the bright white, yes. The color of countertop mix is white and then I added the bright white to it. I'd recommend emailing the company and they can point you in the right direction for the color you are wanting. They are really great about helping through the process. If you go to their website http://www.concretecountertopsolutions.com, there is a contact form that you can submit questions through. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Could you share info on your lower cabinets? I love the wood and stain. I actually love the whole look but wanted to know more about cabinetry if you had that info.
We made the cabinetry ourselves due to a VERY odd sized kitchen. The color we painted the cabinets is called Spanish Sand and is made by Behr. We used their Alkyd cabinetry paint collection in a satin sheen and I am happy with the product/results. If you're interested in seeing a little about the cabinetry making process we shared in our stories on Instagram @cloverlaneblog. Check for the highlights under Sadie's Kitchen Reno.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Hi, do you think you could pour concrete over laminate? Is that a thing?
I not sure. I worry it would crack. The only laminate options I've heard of involve painting. Concrete Countertop Solutions (where we purchased our concrete product) sells an epoxy line that has a really nice finish. That might be worth looking in to as well.
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Am I right in assuming that you leave the brackets on, against the walls? Do you see a gap after the cement cures or did you use caulk to cover the seam?
Also, I have watched the videos but i still don't see how to create a space for an undermount, apron front sink. Any suggestions?
Yep, you leave the wall mold there and it gets covered up with concrete. As far as the undermount sink goes, they have a mold specifically for it. I didn't do an undermount sink so I am not familiar with the exact steps. I'd recommend emailing Concrete Countertop Solutions to get further clarification if you go that route. Best of luck!! -Sadie
When you sanded your countertops, did you see a more pepper flake in there or since you used the white mixture was it all white?
Yes. It shows more of the aggregate in the mix. Less sanding, less aggregate will show.