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Monday, July 26, 2010

Skimstone Countertop Transformation: Step Two

I’m taking you along with us on our journey to transform our laminate countertops with the Skimstone concrete overlay system.  See STEP ONE HERE.

We let the bonding primer dry overnight, did a final sanding and began the next step the following morning.  We mixed the Skimstone layer with our desired color according to the calculations from the website, actually increasing our square footage so we wouldn’t run out of product this time. 

IMG_1474We chose to do a layer of black, a layer of brown (mocha), and then a final layer of black.  The Skimstone is applied in the same manner as the bonding primer, with a trowel.

IMG_1475I wasn’t totally worried about getting absolute and complete coverage with the first layer because I knew there would be two more on top of it.


The first layer is thicker than the final two.  It is like the consistency of a thick milkshake.  I did the edges with a regular paint brush.  Keep in mind that if you use a paint brush on the surface the brush strokes will show up.

We sanded lightly in between each layer. Here is the second layer of brown:     IMG_1477 IMG_1478 IMG_1479

And then the final layer of black: IMG_1480 IMG_1481 IMG_1482

We wanted some of the brown to show through, and it does in some spots. IMG_1483 IMG_1484 IMG_1485 IMG_1486 All three coats were done in the same day, with a few hours of dry time in between each layer.  They went on fairly easily and smoothly.

I was a little concerned about the ashy grey hue, so stay tuned to see how the final product turned out after the sealer coats!


  1. You're so handy!

    Looking forward to seeing the finished article!


  2. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  3. Can't wait to see what it looks like at the end - I love how you're taking us thru step by step!


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