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Old 02-20-2017, 08:29 AM   #1
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DIY concrete counter top

We are remodeling our kitchen.

I'm going with rustic, very basic faced cabinets, but wanted concrete counter tops. Going to use a stamp so that the finish appear to be natural stone, with a chipped edge.

anyone ever do your own?

any tips? Is it much heavier than granite?
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Old 03-11-2017, 06:51 PM   #2
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I wouldn't stamp it. It'll be too hard to wipe clean easily, and crude will forever be getting in the faux cracks. Weight should be similar depending on thickness.
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We are remodeling our kitchen.

I'm going with rustic, very basic faced cabinets, but wanted concrete counter tops. Going to use a stamp so that the finish appear to be natural stone, with a chipped edge.

anyone ever do your own?

any tips? Is it much heavier than granite?

Hey Bert,

I poured one for my outside bar...it has a three inch false edge, I cut silver insulation to use as a pop out to save weight. I worked the "top" as most slabs the "top" is the bottom of the pour. The actual slab is 1 1/2" thick. I used countertop mix. The only part not so happy about is the stain/sealer. I think I will eventually cover the seal with clear epoxy.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:10 AM   #5
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I wouldn't stamp it. It'll be too hard to wipe clean easily, and crude will forever be getting in the faux cracks. Weight should be similar depending on thickness.
that has been discussed.......I think it will just be one of the things we will have to deal with, to go with the look we want.

went ahead and just jumped in with both feet. To be honest, I really like the look, and it's not quite as rough as I thought it would be. although in the pics it looks like there are more nooks and crannies, I'm hoping between the light polishing, and the sealer, will help fill in on some of them.

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Hey Bert,

I poured one for my outside bar...it has a three inch false edge, I cut silver insulation to use as a pop out to save weight. I worked the "top" as most slabs the "top" is the bottom of the pour. The actual slab is 1 1/2" thick. I used countertop mix. The only part not so happy about is the stain/sealer. I think I will eventually cover the seal with clear epoxy.
that looks nice......

here are a couple of pics of ours.......once the cure time and sealing are complete, we will finish up with a backsplash.

eta: lesson learned: this time, I followed some on line directions about dry mixing the ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket, and then using the same bucket to mix in the water, using a corded drill with a mixer/auger bit.....huge challenge, getting all of the dry mix incorporated with the small amount of water.......so when we complete the rest of the counter tops, I will dry mix in the bucket, but then transfer to a wheel barrow to mix in the water.

also, I'm excited to see the chiseled edge, from the form we used.
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pulled the forms last night, and got a pic of the edging......

I'm really liking it so far. last step this weekend, will be some (alot) of sanding and polishing, then filling the pin holes with a slurry mix, and finally sealing......
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Man, that is gonna be a pain to clean!
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while it won't be as easy to clean as a traditional, slick countertop, by the time I sanded, and the slurry coat and the sealer was added, it eliminated most of the bad hidey holes and cracks.......

dry fit the faucet and sprayer for a photo op.....
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It finished out really nice. Cleaning won't be an issue if Momma is happy.
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That's look great!! If we ever get around to our outdoor kitchen I'll be doing one so I'll be coming for pointers. lol
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