This step by step diy article is about how to finish the base of a pizza oven. If you have followed our instructions and have built a nice outdoor kitchen with a brick pizza oven, you should also get the job done by cement rendering the base and filling the gaps between the flagstone counter-top. If the surface of the base is even, you could get the job done quickly by applying stucco. Otherwise, cement render the walls and let it dry out for several hours, before applying the coats of paint.
In order to finish the base of the pizza oven, you need the following:
- Sharp sand, cement - RENDER
- Pigment – PIGMENT FOR MORTAR
- Safety gloves, eye protection
- Chisel, hammer
- Putty knife, bucket, brush
- Mix the mortar thoroughly, beofore rendering the walls
- Add pigment in the mortar, if you want to highlight the flagstone counter-top
- One day
Finishing the base of the pizza oven
The first step of the project is to mix a small quantity of cement render. Therefore, in order to get the job done in a professional manner, you should mix 3 parts cement to 5 parts sharp sand, until you get a compound with the consistency of cream. In addition, make sure the mortar doesn’t slip off the margin trowel, otherwise it won’t stick to the concrete blocks.
If you want to get the job done in one day, you should start the process in the morning and mix a larger quantity in a wheelbarrow.
Sprinkle water on the wall before rendering it with mortar. In addition, before throwing the cement render to the base of the pizza oven, you should thoroughly prepare the surface. Therefore, install 1×2 slats at both ends of the surface. Secure the slats to the walls with braces or drive in several screws or concrete nails.
Smart tip: Plumb the wooden supports with a spirit level, making sure the render layer will be at least 3/4” thick. After completing one section, you should proceed in the same manner with the other area.
The next step of the diy project is to throw the mortar to the base of the pizza oven. Use a margin trowel to spread the cement render on the walls. Remember that the layer should be as even as possible, otherwise you would have to repeat the process several times.
Let the mortar to dry out a little, for about 10 minutes, before leveling the surface with a straight edge. In order to get the job done, you should move the straight edge like sawing. You can reuse the excess material, my mixing it again.
Continue to finish the base of the outdoor kitchen, in the same manner as described above. It is essential to check if the surface is even, before getting to the next step of the project. If you don’t like the rough look of the cement render, you should let it dry out properly for a couple of days and render it with a finer mix.
Smart tip: The cement render will dry out in about one week. Afterwards, you could apply several coats of paint, in order to enhance the look of the outdoor kitchen.
Finishing the flagstone counter-top of the kitchen
In order to finish the base of the pizza oven, you should also fill the gaps between the stone pieces of the counter-top. Nevertheless, before mixing the compound, you should clean the gaps with a wire brush. Next, vacuum the debris until the surface is perfectly clean.
Mix a small quantity of mortar in a bucket, adding 1 part cement to 1 part sharp sand. The compound should be pretty dry, otherwise you won’t be able to spread it properly.
If you really want to highlight the pattern of the flagstone counter-top, we recommend you to add pigment to the mortar. Mix it thoroughly, otherwise it will not bond to the support surface. Use a narrow putty knife to spread the compound between the stone pieces. Work with great attention, as to fill the gaps properly.
Smart tip: Use a margin trowel to fill the gaps along the edge of the counter-top. Afterwards, leave the mortar to dry out for about half an hour, before cleaning the flagstones.
After the mortar has set up a little, it’s time to remove the excess mortar of the stone pieces. If you have to remove a significant amount of concrete, you should use a wire brush, otherwise you could get the job done with a damp brush. In addition, you need a small bowl with water, in order to wash the sponge regularly.
Smart tip: Make sure you even out the gaps between the stone pieces, as to obtain a counter-top with a neat appearance.
After the concrete dries out, you should continue the project with the finishing touches. Therefore, check if the base of the oven is even and make small repairs if necessary. Next, apply several coats of paint to the base of the oven, in order to enhance the look of your construction.
Smart tip: In order to protect the outdoor kitchen from bad weather, as well as to create a nice shaded area for the hot summer days, you should consider building a wooden shelter.
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