DIY concrete kitchen island

Is it easy to build a kitchen island from scratch? Not really!

Is it doable? Totally!

And that’s exactly how this beauty came to be!

When we moved in, the kitchen cabinet were new but not the island. There was a small island with old cabinet door that did not fit much. And so, I thought let’s give it a try and build one!

I knew I wanted to give more character to the kitchen, and so I needed the island to be bigger for more functionality and with a raw, organic feel.

So, I opened my favorite inspo app Pinterest, and started looking for inspiration. And I fell on a few concrete counters and fell in love! That’s it, decision made, this is what I wanted!

My husband wasn’t too keen on the idea at first, he has never worked with food grade concrete nor did he know the materials, but I convinced him. And so, we started researching… We found 2 ways to build it:

1. By creating forms and pouring the concrete

2. Using a feather technique

The latter seemed to be the least recommended due to the concrete cracking. The first seemed complex and required a lot of work and a good technique. Also, the products I saw were not available in Canada so we had to make some extra research about what products we can use for durability and ease of finding them.

After a lot of searching, we found a local company, Colobar, that sells the following product. It seemed to be durable, applied as a feather technique and used even on floors. What makes it different from other products and from real concrete is that it is a concrete coating, hence its durability So, we decided to give it a try.

I drew up the design as I wanted it to have a Scandinavian / Mediterranean feel like many of the design elements you can find in our home.

Here are all the steps required to apply the concrete on your surface once it is ready. I’ll talk more in depth about building the actual island in another blog.

For reference, our island is 80” x 26” x36”. The concrete was applied to the entire top, on one side and on 3/4 of the back. We opted for a white color, but other colors are also available.


There are 4 products from Art Béton that you’ll need.

First stage

Once the island is built out of plywood, use the mortar filler to cover all the screw holes and sand lightly if necessary to keep your surface smooth. Apply joint tape to all corners, joints and over screws.

Clean the surface and make sure it is dry and free of residue.

Second step

Using a small foam roller, spread the primer over the entire surface that will be covered with the concrete. This is what will make the concrete adhere to the surface. Let it dry for about 2 hours.