Friday, February 9, 2007

Concrete Countertops

What a medium, concrete! So much good to say about its fluidity, strength and endurance. Build it better with concrete, I do believe….

We’d talked for months about a kitchen island countertop - thinking concrete would be an interesting roll of the dice. It’s a very simple and basic process, in case you want to do it yourself. I didn’t say easy.

A couple of weeks ago, we started with a 1 ½ inch deep mold lined with melamine. Installed rebar and wire, covered that with high-strength concrete. Troweled it smooth, allowed to dry gradually, then removed from the mold. The 52 by 38 inch slab weighed in at 225 pounds.

From that point on... grinding, sanding, sanding and more sanding, polishing, sealing, waxing. Fu-Tung Cheng, the guru of the concrete countertop movement, sells a non-toxic water-based sealer, and a wax for the final finish.

So far so good on this experiment, but plenty of sanding still to go. Then, the heavy lifting.

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