Denham used a Makita handheld vibrator and finished the countertops with hand trowels. The countertops cured for a minimum of three days before Denham came back to remove the molds. Before staining, Denham lightly sanded the counters and filled in voids.
He added stains to a penetrating sealer which resulted in a "watercolor" look similar to the stained floors. Applying sealer with the stain gives more working time and allows the stain to "move", Denham says. For the countertops, he used six different colors - a mix of tans, reds, green and gold. The final steps were to applying an acrylic urethane and then a polycarbonate sealer from Pro-Seal to finish it off.
Full Circle's final element for the project was the concrete shower surrounds. Because these are done in an area where water and moisture are present, Denham had to take special precautions. He used backer board anchored to the wall studs as the base then applied waterproofing seam tape to close all the seams. A 100 percent solid epoxy with broadcasted sand came next followed by a layer of waterproofing cement. Denham hand troweled on the cement in a three coat process, broadcasting very fine sand over the cement between coats.
Once the cement dried Denham used a high pressure low volume sprayer with a hose connected to a compressor to apply the water-based stain. He was careful not to apply the stain too heavy so it would not run down the wall. Finally, he applied a 100 percent solids clear epoxy followed by a urethane sealer. Denham says the epoxy is a much easier material to clean, which is why he uses it for shower surrounds.
With customer input, creativity and a lot of freedom, Full Circle was able to create multiple unique concrete elements for this home. And that's what made this job successful for Denham. "When you have a client that appreciates what you do it really gives you that confidence to go think outside the box and do something maybe you haven't done before," he says. And it's that kind of thinking that helps Denham build strong relationships with customers and keep his business going.
At a Glance:
Full Circle Concrete Design
Decorative Services Offered:
Precast and poured-in-place concrete countertops, epoxy floors, stained and stamped overlays, concrete shower surrounds.
Key Products and Equipment on this Job:
Modello stencils; buffer and sanding wheel; water; pump-up air sprayers; HPLV sprayer; Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems acid and water-based stains, polyurethane sealer, Gloss Killer and non-skid additives, ALX waterproofing system; Satin wax; acrylic glue; rubber countertop edge molds; electric mixer; Makita handheld vibrator; Pro-Seal polycarbonate sealer; seam tape; backer board; waterproofing cement.