Concrete counter tops

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Skinner, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. HOT DAMN!

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  2. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    That's really awesome! Can't wait to do my own!

    Where did you get the aggregate? (I found a place that sells glow in the dark aggregate)
  3. JStory

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    Awesome work, Skinner. That came out beautifully.
    My cousin used to have a concrete business. He was featured in an article on concrete countertops in Fine Homebuilding Magazine, August/Sept 1999. Concrete Countertops
  4. Skinner

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    Got most f everything from cheng designs
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    tipstall Been here awhile

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    Looks Great. :clap
  6. Ironhorsess107

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    I'm new to the forum but I've done several concrete counter tops. I use a silicone form that has a fossil impression for the edges and I've been putting fiber optic lights in the top. Its the cats meow! I'll post some pictures here soon
  7. QSrider

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    :clap It looks great.
    Been following this thread since day one and was looking forward to see the final pictures. Beautiful!
    Thanks for taking the time to post.

    Eric.
  8. crackhead

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    Great job man. Looks phenomenal. Have you done anything like this before?

    I'd like to see those.
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    OldPete2112 Been here awhile

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    Ok, that looks really good! Well done man.

    Not sure I would tackle that one myself, pretty sure the wife would bitch about the kitchen being out of commission for the length of time it would take me to do that.

    I will stick with getting the granite guys to do my tops and stick to me doing the cabinets myself this spring.

    Again, great job, thanks for posting the build.

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  10. LuciferMutt

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    That looks absolutely fantastic. Something to be very proud of.

    Hope you don't randomly start hating it in 2 years because it will be a bitch to remove :lol3
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    That looks great!

    Could you provide the details on the finishing / polishing of the top surface.
  12. JimVonBaden

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    Post them up Mike! I think yours turned out great for a first effort, and look great still!:clap

    Jim :brow
  13. adam_c_eckhardt

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    Let's see those fiber optics!
  14. Skinner

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    That sounds pretty cool!
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    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    I'm getting ready to start working on mine soon.

    Bumping this up for some more inspirational pics of other inmates projects:deal
  16. GlennR

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    Bump for a great thread. :thumb


    I'll be trying it soon.
  17. GlennR

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    The Surecrete sounds interesting. I don't know how much it cost. The posted link didn't work, but I searched and found it. Here's the working link: http://www.surecretedesign.com/ I watched a couple of their videos. The "bendable mix" is very impressive.
  18. TheOtherBart

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    We keep going back and forth on what kind of countertops we want when we can eventually afford to do the kitchen. We've always liked concrete but no way I'd have the scratch to hire someone and I'm not 100% confident in my ability to do it myself.

    So the other day I was walking through Lowes and saw 24"x24" concrete slabs, nice smooth polished surface, that they were using as a cap on a brick column. So now the wheels are turning...obviously it would mean some joints, but not very many in our little kitchen. And it's not like there's no precedent for that kind of thing, I've seen some very nice kitchens that used big granite tiles instead of granite slabs due to the cost factor. Things that make you go "hmmm..."
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    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    I poured a smallish test slab last night. We will see how it turns out. I am sure I didn't vibrate it long enough. I was using a sawzall without the blade, which in itself worked pretty good. Problem was it is a battery sawzall and after I used up all 3 batteries I have I don't feel like it was long enough.

    Lessons learned:
    1. Tarp a much larger area then you think you need
    2. Buy or rent a mixer (I only mixed 4 bags, but by hand I don't think I got the pigment mixed in well enough.
    3. Buy or rent a vibrator, or I guess a corded sawzall would do.
    4. Collect underpants
    5. ??????
    6. Profit

    Overall it went ok but could go much easier. We will find out in a couple days how well I really did.
  20. Dave in Wi

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    Thanks for the laugh. I wonder who else will get this reference.

    I'd love to do concrete countertops in our kitchen. But I fear it's too much for me to take on myself. Just like This Old House, you guys make it seem too easy. I do love the way they look.