The finished countertops revealed!
We finished all of the countertops – except one against the left wall – in place… (that one we stripped the “swirl” finish & refinished a second time in place.) We lined the sink with paper towels and covered the walls with painters tape to protect them from the TK6 Nanocoat finish. We lightly brushed on the finish coat with even strokes along the entire length of the countertops. I think the results were pretty smooth – definitely not as smooth as a spray-on finish (not that that was an option), but still pretty smooth.
We also set the lights up on top of the cabinets (not actually installed) to see how we wanted to distribute them. The waterfall sides of the island, also made from the same countertop material, will be added later.
I spent some time looking into bar height stools and found out that they were silly expensive. We lucked out and all four of these chairs were in the as-is section of Ikea: one was a return and the other three were from the showroom display. These turned out to be the most comfortable of any stools we tried anyway… I just didn’t necessarily want everything to be Ikea, but the price was right.
Thats two major time-consuming projects (that typical renovations don’t usually have) checked off the list: skim coating the ceiling and making our own concrete countertops. I’m glad those messy projects are done. Onward to installing the walnut hardwood floors, electrical, light fixtures, tile, and all the other “little” things!
Here’s a list of all of our concrete countertop posts:
Part 1) Materials and tools needed
Part 2) Making the templates & forms
Part 3) Preparation for the pour
Part 4) The first stage: spraying the beauty coat
Part 5) The second stage: compacting
Part 6) finishing: grinding, sanding, coating
Part 7) installation day
Part 8) the reveal