In layman's terms, the cement was mixed to about a 2” slump consistency and was too dry actually. If we had to do it over again, we would make it a little wetter and it would have had a smoother finish and not as much sanding. My husband carried the mixed cement into the house in a 5 gallon bucket and dumped it into the framed up sub counter top.
The frame work around the counter area had been built carefully making sure that the top edges were level, this would ensure the correct thickness and keep the cement level for the finished counter. Once the right amount of cement was in the frame it was worked, or leveled off, with a 1x2 sliding along the edges of the frame.
The frames were then removed from around the sides and the edges were smoothed while it was still somewhat wet. We checked for holes or gaps and they were filled in with a cement slurry mix.
Next came sanding. Most of the videos we watched used wet sanding at this point but we wanted to fore go the mess that makes and my husband sanded away using dry sandpaper sheets. They were being used up fast and he went outside to look for a rock. Yes, a rock; it was a smooth river rock just large enough to fit in the palm of his hand which actually did a better job than the sand paper and wasn't costing us an arm and a leg buying cases of sandpaper. Ok I exaggerated the cases of sandpaper part; but rocks are plentiful around here in everyones yards. Just saying.......
Well, what do you think? It took us about 5 weeks to do all this but really it could be done over a weekend and holding off on sealing until it cures a few days.
We just had so much going on all the time and the window of construction time we had carefully planned for was ruined by the product not arriving as promised. There is some variation in the coloring which I really like. Coloring can be added to the mix if you don't like the natural color. Staining is an option too after it dries. I understand you can wax it to seal it but I didn't want to have to do maintenance very often so we choose the stone sealer and it should be good for 6 months to a year before it needs another coat.
I surely do love my new counters, sometimes I think I love them more just because they are finally done and I am no longer in a remodel mess. Next will be the painting of the cabinets and then the floor will be replaced. I'll be sure to let you know when all that is done, but don't hold your breath alright?