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  • Countertop Series, Part 2 – Concrete

    Welcome to part 2 of my favorite countertops series! (Here’s a quick link to part one if you missed it and are interested.)

    Today’s pick is gray concrete. I love it. I love it. I love it. I know it costs quite a bit if you hire someone to install it, but I just love it! (I should’ve mentioned it in yesterday’s post, but this series is about countertops I love, not about how much they cost- ’cause that’s no fun to talk about- ha!)


    House Beautiful

    The concrete countertops above were cast in place and finished with an acrylic sealer and a special wax. The folks at House Beautiful magazine said “to maintain the patina, they’re rewaxed about every two months.”

    I see them pop in up Pottery Barn’s catalogs all the time, too:



    And here’s another pretty photo I found floating around the web:


    (Source: Country Living)

    And a few more from a blog called Fröken Knopp:



    (Fröken Knopp)

    I also stumbled across several DIY concrete counters while I was searching for pics online. Here are a couple of great tutorials:

    - Jessie at Imperfectly Polished

    - Georgia at More Like Home

    And last but not least, Kara Paslay and her hubby used a product called ARDEX to simulate the look of concrete on top of a bar full of existing wood-look laminate surfaces:



    (Kara Paslay Designs)

    Pretty neat, huh?

    Do you have concrete countertops in your home? Please leave a link to your webpage or blog in the comment section below if you do- I want to see them!

    I’ll be back tomorrow with another one of my favorite kinds of countertops. Any guesses what it is?

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