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!)

Concrete_Counters

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:

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Pottery_Barn_Concrete_Counters

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

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(Source: Country Living)

And a few more from a blog called Fröken Knopp:

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(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:

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DIY_Faux_Concrete_Countertops

(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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Comments

  1. says

    I commented earlier about how we made our own concrete countertops, but wasn’t trilled with the functionality. I wanted to add the main reason we did it was because it only cost $300, vs. $1200 for laminate and over $3000 for any other solid surface.

  2. says

    Had concrete been more readily available and reasonably priced, it would have been higher up on our consideration list when we remodeled ten years ago.

    We installed Corian on our coffee bar (a splurge), and a stone look laminate on the rest of the counter tops. During the design process I had fallen in love with a manufactured stone that was well out of our price range. It became my mission to find a laminate that offered the same look for a fraction of the cost. It still tickles me that people (including pros) have to really look closely at it to tell that it is indeed laminate. lol A good portion of the credit goes to our installer who made the seams nearly invisible.

    I love the natural concrete look, and have been considering going that route when it comes time to redo. The underlay would need to be strengthened, but that’s doable. I’ve been curious about Ardex ever since I first heard about it. It’s a neat concept, and based the photos I’ve seen it looks great.

    Looking forward to more counter top talk. :-)

  3. says

    Love this post! I absolutely have to have concrete counters when I eventually buy a house of my own. I enjoyed seeing that the House Beautiful countertop was cast in place, since concrete is so heavy to work with.

  4. Lisa W. says

    This is a lovely post…I too LOVE LOVE LOVE these counter tops. I have to say some of those laminates are pretty darn awesome too, they have come a looooong way baby:) Ok…your other favorite?? I’m thinking soap stone??? YUM …love those too!

  5. says

    It’s funny, I just mentioned my concrete counter in the comments of your laminate post. I forgot to mention what we did to customize the concrete. Our contractor took the measurements in our house and then made the top in his shop. It took about 3 weeks. We knew we wanted to have space for the kids to eat at the kitchen island, so we had him create 9 inches of overhang, and then he rounded the edges on that side so the angles weren’t so sharp. Then, we used scrap from our wood counters to make a cutting board. That sits sunken into the concrete to be flush with the surface. We can take it out to clean, but I love that it’s all one level. He used a dark grey pigment so the colour is all throughout, and then troweled it smooth so it wouldn’t scratch china or glassware. I loved it from the first moment I saw it and still gaze admiringly at it every day! LOL
    http://www.notjustclutter.com/our-ikea-kitchen-renovation-experience/

  6. Patra says

    I have a question about the ARDEX product. Did they demo and create the new concrete counter tops with this ARDEX product, or did they somehow apply this product over the existing wood counter top??? I’ve gone over to her site, but she doesn’t explain. Hopefully you will know!
    Thanks!

    • Layla says

      Hi Patra!
      I just checked out Kara’s post, and she talked about what they did about 4 paragraphs down from the top. Hope that helps! :-)

  7. Monica says

    There is so much more to concrete countertops than just gray. You should google it and see some of the other options. When concrete countertops first became popular, they were all mostly gray….. but now they can be made to look almost exactly like a solid surface countertop and come in a wide selection of colors, at a fraction of the price :)

    • Layla says

      Hi Monica! Gray is just my personal fav- but that’s true, there are lots of options out there! 😀

  8. Debbie says

    I am a kitchen designer and my experience with concrete as a countertop has been horrible. While it looks great initially, it is impossible to maintain. Concrete is what is considered a “living” material meaning that it continues to cure through out its lifetime. This will cause cracking and chipping. It will stain very, very easily. If you want to know what your countertops will look like in a matter of months, take a look at your sidewalk or driveway. Even waxed and sealed, it will wind up looking like that and you will be very unhappy you spent about the same amount of money as natural stone.

    An alternative to concrete is a product called Marbelite, which is a cultured stone. You’ve seen this as a faux marble in bathrooms with the integrated sink. They have developed a product that looks very much like concrete and comes in a variety of colors. I’m not sure if Marbelite is available nationwide, but they do have a website you can check out.

    That’s my two cents on that.

    Debbie

  9. Carri says

    In our previous house my husband put in concrete counters for my birthday. We had a super tiny budget so he found a product called skim stone that he applied over our existing Formica. It was gorgeous! We loved them and you couldn’t tell it was not concrete all the way through.

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