A seashell countertop is creative, unique, visually appealing and a great choice for a kitchen remodel. If you plan on redoing your countertops and are interested in this design, there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind while you work. Here is a guide with step-by-step instructions on how to make this countertop dream a reality in your own home.
Step 1 - Make a Plan
Before you begin mixing the resin, you need to make a plan. Measure the countertop area that you will be working on. Cut a large piece of paper the same size as the counter. Layout the shells and decide on a design now, while you are free to work, and mark them on the paper. You can accomplish this 1 of 2 ways. Either layout the shells on the paper the way you want them to be, and take them directly from the paper and put them onto the mold while working, or lay them out and then use a marker to number each shell, and number the paper as well to follow as you work later. Both are easy ways to guide you.
Step 2 - Make Your Mold
Making the mold is the most difficult part of this project. You can use glass or metal, but plastic is typically the most popular material used to construct the frame. Be sure that the plastic can be used with the resin you have purchased before you begin working. Take 4 pieces of plastic and cut them to the size of your paper or countertop area. You can use fittings or screws to connect them together. Once it is made, fill the mold with water, to ensure that there are no leaks. If you find a hole or opening of any kind, use caulk to secure and seal it up.
Step 3 - Mix and Add Resin
In a bucket, mix the resin and catalyst according to the directions they come with. When buying the resin, make sure that you are purchasing it near to the date you will be working on the project. Resin only lasts about 6 months without being used. Pour a layer into the mold and allow it to sit for a little.
Step 4 - Add Shells
Now, use the plan that you made before, and set the shells onto the resin in the same manner. Be sure to keep your fingers off of the actual resin, so you do not make any indents. Once you have laid out all of the shells, pour another layer of resin evenly on top. Let this sit for 48 hours to set. When it is dry, take the mold off and file any edges that need it.