If you follow me on facebook, you probably saw this sneak peek I posted a couple days ago. If not, SURPRISE! We have concrete countertops! We're still completing the final stages, but once that's done I will have a full tutorial for anyone else who wants to tackle a project like this.
One of the last things we need to do is seal the countertops - but there are SO MANY options. So we had a long talk with a guy at Lowe's and I think we've finally picked a winner. I think. But before we open the bottle and make it non-returnable, I wanted to give you a chance to chime in! So here our our options:
#1 - Stone sealer
This sealer seals the countertop (duh.) but does it without changing the appearance. When you seal your raw concrete it will keep the same color and sheen. The only difference is that it is now water and stain resistant. So if you want to keep that super-industrial look concrete is know for, this may be the choice for you. It comes with either a 2-year ($12) or 5-year ($30) warranty, and Mr. Lowe's said if you are going with this you should definitely spring for the 5-year.
#2 - Sealer & Enhancer
This sealer does a little bit more than the basic stone sealer. It deepens the color of stone/concrete, but still leaves a natural sheen. Mr. Lowe's said the best way to determine if this is the finish you want is to put a little water on the countertop. The deeper kind of wet color you what you'll get with this sealer. I'll go ahead and tell you - this is the one I bought. I like the deeper color and think it will be a better contrast with my soon-to-be-white cabinets. ($30/quart)
#3 - Sealer & Finish
This sealer kind of does it all, and makes the biggest difference in your final countertop. It deepens the color and gives the top a shiny finish. It would just look less like concrete and might show water spots more. ($30/quart)
A few other tidbits about these countertop finishes:
- They are really easy to apply, just kind of a wipe-on, wipe-off thing. I'll post more details when we get there. :)
- They should last at least two years before needing to be resealed. To check the seal, just drip a few drops of water on the countertop. If they bead up the seal is still good, but if they soak in it's time to reseal.
- Mr. Lowe's also said that once we choose one we're stuck with it. Apparently it's not the kind of thing you can paint over with another finish if you don't like it. So... that's why I still haven't opened the bottle yet.
So those are the choices. At the moment I'm definitely leaning towards #2. Any thoughts?