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Forum topic by Mark posted 12-24-2011 09:21 PM 1511 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark

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12-24-2011 09:21 PM

Hey gang. Long time no chat! Merry Christmas by the way! I have a question in regards to remodelling my kitchen. Hands down you know I’m going to talk about making new cabinets etc but my question is plain and simply “Has anyone done concrete countertops and if so how?”

-- M.K.


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#1 posted 12-24-2011 10:18 PM

I will second cr1’s advice on the concrete countertops book.
Here is a series on the subject from right here on LJs:
http://lumberjocks.com/Siegel_KenEvil/blog/series/3345

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 12:31 AM

hey there mark, long time no see, good luck on the concrete, looks like a cool way to go, ive seen some really nice looking ones made, they mixed in several colors and got some really cool outcomes…good luck…grizz

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 03:02 AM

Not a kitchen, but here are some cabinets I did a couple of years ago with concrete countertops.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 03:35 AM

hmmm thanks fellers now is there anything i should be advised about?

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 12-25-2011 04:53 AM

The countertops in my pictures were done by a guy who does them for a living. They’re made with lightweight concrete in custom made forms (sized from his measurements of the cabinets). If you’re thinking of doing your own, do lots of research and make a few practice pieces.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#6 posted 12-25-2011 04:45 PM

Mark, Cheng’s book was the first one out and I liked it. I remember it as an introduction to the idea of concrete counter tops with nice photos providing inspiration and design ideas. It didn’t have as much hands on info as I would have liked. I can’t recommend a better a better book but I know there is a lot more information out now including videos on YouTube (many of them selling stuff). If you want to save money you could learn what concrete additives and type/color portland you need and buy them from a lumber yard to avoid the boutique product$. -Jack

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#7 posted 12-25-2011 04:50 PM

thx :)

-- M.K.

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#8 posted 12-25-2011 05:55 PM

Merry Christmas Mark,

I have Chengs first and second books, plus about half a dozen others. Cheng does BEAUTIFUL work. His recipe in the first book is waaay too thick. I’ve talked to concrete guys on some forums out there, one guy saod he heard that Cheng put a few things in his book to throw you off. . . like his mix recipe. I’ve mixed that recipe and it really is too thick. Here's my island that I recently finished. I have just finished calculating a new recipe that I haven’t tried yet. If you want I can let you know how it goes.

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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