Years ago I found a tutorial on Pinterest for DIY feather finish concrete countertops, using an existing countertop as a base. This post from Lauren at Bless’er House is the post I pinned, and also what I used as inspiration for our bathroom countertops.
Before we get started with the steps we took to achieve our concrete countertops, let’s go over the list of supplies you’ll need.
Supplies We Used: (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)
- Henry Feather Finish
- Quart sized bucket
- Paint stirrer/ stick
- Palm sander, Mouse sander, Orbital Sander or regular old sand paper
- Face mask
- Safety glasses
- Shop Vac
- Putty Knife (you can choose to use many different knives–use the knife with which you’re most comfortable).
- Concrete Sealer
- Foam Roller
- Painter’s Tape
Before my husband started the skimcoat, he prepared our countertops by sanding the top of the granite. He used his palm sander with 50 grit sand paper for this step. I don’t know that the sanding did all that much, but he tried his best to create a “tooth” on the countertops for the Feather Finish to grab onto.
We taped off the sides of the countertop so that we didn’t get the skim coat on the wall.
Next, follow the package instructions and mix the Feather Finish to the recommended consistency.
Then, apply the Henry Feather Finish to the countertop with the trowel as thin and flat as possible. You might want to use a putty knife in the corners. In the inspiration post I shared, she details how her husband made a huge mistake by laying the skim coat down too thick. She had to sand for days to correct it.
You will want to work as fast as you possibly can, because the finish dries REALLY quickly.
We applied two coats of the Feather Finish with ample drying time in between.
After it’s completely dry and set (follow package directions), you’ll want to sand out any lines made with your knife. My husband held a Shop Vac in one hand and his palm sander in the other in order to minimize the dust. He used 120, 220 grit sandpaper for this step. This is where you’ll want to wear the safety glasses and face mask.
Once he was satisfied with how the countertops sanded out, he used this matte urethane as a sealer. We purchased it from Deco-Crete. We used this same “Liquid Metals” finish on the concrete countertops in our Crestview II flip also, and we were very happy with the results. Lauren (inspiration girl) used a sealer she purchased from Amazon and was happy with her results too.
And that’s it! Please let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to share. Thanks for following along!