MICROCEMENT IN THE BATHROOM

January 23, 2021

– Anzeige – In collaboration with Carament –Hello loves, I hope you are well! Today it’s time for the big microcement post in the bathroom. We’ve already posted about the final result but today we thought of showing you a bit more step by step how we did it with the microcement. We worked with the same material in our kitchen as well, if you’ve missed that post you can see it here, the kitchen post is a bit more detailed with more photos so if you’re interested in working with microcement yourself I suggest you check that post too :)

Anyways, for both projects we used microcement from Carament. Micro cement is a 2mm cement based coating which you can put on most materials and create seamless floors and walls, it’s super durable, waterproof and lightweight, which is one of the highlights of this material. Carament offers packages which includes everything you need which makes it very easy. They have a lot of different colors but we went with a light grey one, nr 60, which we are really happy with! It’s specially perfect in the bathroom which is pretty dark and doesn’t get a lot of natural light.

Let’s start!

We renovated the bathroom completely, changed the walls and water system, when everything was done we covered everything with tile glue, to create an even surface where we could easily put on the micro cement. Since the layer is only 2mm it’s important to cover the surface with tile glue if it’s not smooth, so it doesn’t show through. It is also a great way to practice with the spatula, because you use the same technique as when you add the microcement.Once the tile glue was dry and even, it was time to roll on the primer, which is included in the package. This you have to put so that the microcement really sticks on.The set consists of a primer, the microcement powder, resin to mix it and the two different top coats. We needed to get a wide spatula, rollers, a scale, a mixer, a small sander and something to cover the floors. The set comes with a booklet which explains the whole process so it’s easy to use and follow the steps.Time to mix it! The powder has to be mixed with the resin, it should be 1 kg powder with 0,25kg of resin, we used a little scale to measure the weight and then we mixed it with a drill mixer. The material dries after 45 minutes so it’s important to use it within that time.Then we applied the microcement with a spatula, it has to be two layers, and the second layer has to be put on before the first layer has dried, in the kitchen this was no problem because the parts were so small, but in the bathroom where the walls are much bigger we had to be very organised. But it all worked out fine! The first layer should be applied with a steep angle of the spatula to cover the whole wall, and the second layer which is applied after about an hour should be with a flatter angle so you get a more smooth surface. The second layer is the most important because it determines the look.

After it had dried for 24 hours it was time to sandpaper. We use a small sander with 120-150 paper roughness to smoothen the surface and rough edges.Last steps are the top sealers. There are two different ones, the GS topcoat which protects the walls from water and stains etc etc, but it leaves the walls a bit shiny, so then you add on the MS sealer which makes it matte and extra protected. The MS layer has to be added within 5-24 hours, before the first sealer is completely dry, if not they don’t really connect.

It’s very important trying to avoid getting any water on the surfaces until you are completely done, if so it can show later underneath the sealers and it won’t go away. And here is the result! We are super happy with the result and the look! We covered all the walls, roof and the floor with the microcement so it is all seamlessly connected! See more of the final result here, there you can also see before and after :) We also have a video showing the result, talking about the process.

After we did the kitchen we’ve gotten a lot of questions about the durability and about stains etc etc. We have used our kitchen a lot now for a year and we have never had any problem with the microcement, it is completely waterproof, dirt cleans away super easy, we even tried to put hot oil on a piece to check it but it doesn’t leave any marks at all! It’s also really really hard! So we definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a concrete look in the bathroom, kitchen or anywhere you like!

Lots of love xx Mikuta + Klemens

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