How to Make a Kitchen Countertop With Aggregate & Resin

Countertops made with stone materials give kitchens and bathrooms a natural look. Options include stone slabs, stone tiles or suspended pebbles. For a textured feel, opt for suspended pebbles. To create a suspended-pebble countertop, embed small stones, such as river rocks, quartz aggregate or granite aggregate, in a layer of resin. The resin fixes the pebbles while also creating a smooth, durable and easy-to-clean surface. Install aggregate-based countertops over a wood or cement board countertop substrate or over an existing laminate countertop.

Create natural texture in the home with pebbled surfaces.

Step 1

Wash the aggregate with soap and water and allow it to dry.

Step 2

Sand the countertop if it is laminate. Sand until the original sheen is removed and wipe away the sanding dust with a damp sponge or tack cloth.

Step 3

Paint the countertop with epoxy primer. Allow the primer to dry.

Step 4

Cut lengths of wood countertop trim to match the dimensions of the countertop. Cut the ends on 45-degree angles with a miter saw to create frame-like, mitered corners. Use trim that is wide enough to extend above the surface of the countertop to a height that is just taller than the thickness of the larger pieces of aggregate. Sand the rough cuts smooth.

Step 5

Apply beads of construction adhesive to one side of each piece of trim. Stick the trim boards in place and secure them with finish nails placed every 10 inches.

Step 6

Paint the countertop's surface and the all exposed sides of the wood trim boards with a thin coat of resin.

Step 7

Fill a bucket with the aggregate. Pour in resin and stir the aggregate until fully coated. Pour the resin-coated aggregate onto the surface of the countertop and spread it evenly with a plastic putty knife.

Step 8

Pour resin on top of the aggregate layer, allowing the resin to self-level and fill the remaining space until it sits even with the top edge of the wood trim. If not self-leveling, use a rubber squeegee to spread the resin. Allow the resin to cure.

Step 9

Apply a bead of caulk along the back edge of the countertop, where it meets the wall, and run your finger along the bead to smooth it down.