DIY Micro-Topping

My son and his family bought a new house close to us that needed some remodeling. He is concentrating on upgrading the master bath and adding a second floor laundry. I’ve been spending most of my time helping out with small fixes.

The kitchen cabinets are inexpensive thermo plastic covered and the countertops were linoleum. He read about a technique that used feather coating cement to update old cabinet counters to make them look like cement counters.

I decided to start the project. I removed the smallest counter to try the technique. All that is required is a box of Henry patching cement from Home Depot and a plastic trowel. Along with an orbital sander and various grits of sandpaper.

First the laminate is roughed up with 60 grit paper. Then a small batch of cement is mixed 2 parts cement to one part water and allowed to slake for a few minutes then remixed. Then the cement is spread on the counter. A bit thicker cement is needed for the edges so waiting a bit for the batch to harden a bit works then the cement is smoothed down with a plastic drywall trowel. I also tried a metal trowel and a silicone scraper I used for the epoxy finish on my kitchen counters.

First cement coat
First cement coat

The first coat is sanded a bit with a medium heavy grit. I used 100.

Sanded cement
Sanded cement

The process of troweling on the coats seemed to add groovesin the cement. I tried various sanding tools. By hand and with the diamond pads and polisher. That came out with scratches too. But fewer ridges.

Buffed cement
Buffed cement

After at least five coats of cement and sanding to 1500 grit including a wet sand I decided to try sealing.

Sealed cement
Sealed cement

After three coats of sealer I put it back on the counter to judge my work.

Flawed counter
Flawed counter

I didn’t like it. Too many remaining ridges and color variation.

Installed counter
Installed counter

It looked a bit better from further away.

Trial install
Trial install

But I took it off and sanded off the sealer to add yet another coat of cement and more sanding so that I could try cement stain. I ordered charcoal gray. It mixes with water and I applied it in two coats.

Gray concrete stain
Gray concrete stain

One coat seems to even out the coloring. Now the second coat is drying.

Second coat of stain
Second coat of stain

In the meantime we found three big slabs of Corian Zodiaq which is their quartz product and decided to abandon the micro-topping project entirely.

Corian Zodiaq Quartz
Corian Zodiaq Quartz

It’s exactly what I would have picked for the kitchen. So now I just have to cut and fit it!

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