Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

How To Add A Modern Look To Your Kitchen With A Concrete Finish Wall

by Jill Jenkins

Modern design schemes borrow motifs from industry. Stainless steel, bold geometric shapes and cool-toned building materials can all make your kitchen remodel fit this scheme. But you can also add a touch of modern with an unusual element that doesn't require a construction crew to carry out. And the main product that you will need, concrete feather finish, is relatively affordable.

Here's how you can add a modern look to your kitchen with a concrete finish wall.

Things You Need:

  • Concrete feather finish
  • Concentrated concrete dye
  • Sandpaper 
  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • Damp Sponge
  • Matte or glossy concrete sealer
  • Paint roller (optional)

Step 1: Purchase Enough Feather Finish

Feather finish is a lightweight concrete product that's sometimes easier to find online than it is in the concrete supplies section at the hardware store. If buying online, it's vital that you purchase enough feather finish for your project so that you don't have to stop midway with your kitchen torn apart.

Consult the product description to find out how many square feet one bag is meant to cover. You can measure the square footage of a rectangular wall by simply multiplying the length times width. If your wall is oddly shaped or you need to work around built-in counters, you can break the wall up into manageable rectangles, find the area for each section, and then add those area results together to find the total square feet.

Make sure you always buy one more bag of feather finish than your calculations suggest you need. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. For more information, contact Small's Sand Gravel Inc. or a similar company.

Step 2: Prepare Your Wall

If you haven't wiped that wall clean recently, do that now with a damp sponge. You should then create a textured surface that will make it easier for the feather finish to adhere. Use sandpaper -- fine grit for walls that are completely smooth and a medium grit if the wall is already a slight bit textured -- to scuff up the surface of your wall.

Wipe away any paint or dust residue before you begin the next step.

Step 3: Mix Your Product

Follow the directions on the feather finish on how much water to add to the product in a bucket. You want to work in small batches, since it does dry fairly quickly. It might be necessary to add a little more water than the directions specify. You want a consistency similar to very thick cake icing so that it's easily spread with a trowel without dripping down your walls.

If you're adding concrete dye, read the directions for that product before you mix the feather finish so you know how much to add and when.

Step 4: Apply the Feather Finish

Use your trowel to apply a thin layer of feather finish across the entire wall. It doesn't have to be perfectly even, but do the best that you can. Allow that layer to dry. Scuff the wall again lightly with sandpaper using the paper to flatten any noticeable bumps. Keep applying layers and sanding until you have a wall that looks as though it's solid concrete. This can take anywhere from four to six layers, depending on your wall paint and texture and your desired final look.

Once the final layer is dry, you can either trowel or paint roll on a layer of concrete sealer. Matte will give you more of a modern look, but glossy is easier to clean, which is an important consideration for a kitchen.