Extreme microcement kitchen makeover – before/after
Due to the multitude of applications and ease of application, microcement is perfect for all renovations. Deciding to renovate the kitchen with the use of microcement, we can be sure that the even an inherited grandma’s apartment from the 1970s will change into a modern and comfortable interior for the 21st century. Check out our recent kitchen makeover.
Our investors inherited a flat of 54 square meters with a tiny kitchen typical for large panel prefabricated buildings built 70 years ago – it was a U-shaped kitchen with old cabinets, a gas oven and linoleum on the floor. The whole has about 7 square meters The room is accessible from the corridor. One of its (few) advantages is the fact that it has a window.
Renovation works with the use of microcement
Investors decided to demolish one wall and build up the old entrance to the room to get an open-plan kitchen that integrates easily with the living room area.
Due to the fact that the walls were very crooked and all installations required replacement, it was decided to use plasterboards. In the space between cabinets Festwall Life microcement was applied to the plasterboard instead of traditional tiles. The surface was finished with two layers of sealer for maximum protection against stains and to facilitate cleaning.
On the floor, Festfloor Life microcement system has been chosen. First, the old floor was broken and repaired. It should be remembered that while the microcement itself is a jointless mortar and does not require dilatation, the substrate on which it is used must be stable and even. If any cracks are not repaired, there is a high risk that they will also transfer to the microcement layer. In this case, due to the deep cracks it was necessary to break the floor and use a self-leveling screed.
It is important to let the screed dry out the right amount of time. Substrate humidity before application of the microcement cannot exceed 4%. It is assumed that for every millimeter of the screed one should wait one day, eg if the screed is 10 cm thick, it must dry for 10 days. Investors often try to force installers to speed up the work – we do not need to explain that succumbing to such pressure may end up worst. Read more about errors when making microcement.
Concrete-like effect on the wall and floor
The renovation is done and it’s hard to believe that it’s the same kitchen. White, minimalistic cabinets, wooden counter tops and black accessories gave the interior a modern and somewhat industrial character.