My folks recently moved into a late 70's style home that was in need of some updating.. Desperately! After being diagnosed with an estimate of $2600 for granite, for a very small area... I decided to do some research and find an economical and modern solution. I had a friend redo his counter tops in his early 1900's historic home and they looked fantastic!! I did some looking around on the good ole Internet and found a great tutorial. Here is the process I did and the products I used to achieve this look.
I found that you don't use actual concrete, it's a flooring underlayment 'concrete like' product. Most tutorials recommend Ardex, I couldn't find it, but I did find Henry Feather Finish at Home Depot in the flooring and tile section.
You mix the product in a 2:1 ratio (I.e 2 cups product to 1 cup water) or whatever measuring ratio you need and prefer. I personally never did more than a cup because this stuff starts setting up fast. You will also need a trowel, bucket for mixing and a putty knife of various sizes.
At this point, don't worry about getting a perfectly smooth surface, you will sand this done several times in between coats.
Let it dry over night and then sand in the morning, I used my electric sander, if you don't have one get one, you'll need it.
Below is what your first coat will look like! Your now on your way to some saucy new counter tops!!
Part II Here