Countertop Inspiration

We are in the final stages of planning for our concrete countertop project. When speaking with friends and family about our project a lot of the questions we have been getting is “why concrete?”. Most of them haven’t seen concrete countertops before, and thought we were a bit mad for taking on this project. Others thought the concrete would be really rough and look like a sidewalk. I have been breaking out my iPhone to the skeptics and showing them some examples of concrete countertops, and they have been subsequently blown away. So I thought I would show you all some of my inspiration so you think I’m less cray cray and more awesome.

First up, why did we choose concrete?

  • It goes with our industrial meets traditional asthetic
  • It’s durable, and customizable
  • We can do it ourselves. It’s not like we can mix up some marble in the garage
  • It looks amazingly high end for a reasonable price

Possible cons:

  • If done incorrectly, or the wrong products are used it can crack, break and/or look terrible
  • If not properly sealed & waxed it can be stained (like stone)  by acids such as wine, vinegar and citrus fruit
  • It takes a bit more planning & prep to make molds and some muscle to pour, finish and install

Now, for some beauty shots!

Author: Kristen

Kristen & her husband El Granto & their Vizsla Odin live in a converted Storefront in downtown Toronto.

6 thoughts on “Countertop Inspiration”

  1. You prob know all this but: if you want a really smooth finish, you can trowel (polish) after it’s set up a bit. Also you can bond a finer concrete onto the top of your pour (topping mix) and polish that. Finally, the type of trowel you use can affect the smoothness/polish as well. Good description of troweling technique I learned the hard way hand troweling 35 bags of concrete and 6 bags of topcoat this summer with inadequate tools. Arghhh! Sewer line repair I wanted pretty again but wow, not a countertop. Good luck!

    1. Hi Lynne! We’ve decided not to go for the completely polished look, but something a bit more industrial. We actually found a really amazing product that I’m excited to share with you guys! (and this product can produce an amazing buttery smooth troweled finish as well). I cant wait to share it.

  2. I love your “beauty shot” selections! Concrete counters can look amazing and I can’t wait to see how yours turns out. Good luck!

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