After yesterday’s teaser, I figured I better let you have an in-progress look at the counters. I decided to give concrete a try because I didn’t want to add another type of tile in the room, granite was ridiculously expensive and didn’t match the current tile, and I ran out of other options. Also I’m a concrete person at heart and will probably end up doing this for the kitchen counters as well.
It starts with forming up the future counter and putting reinforcement in place.
There was a lot of help from a Master of All Things Concrete when they were poured, which is the only reason they look as good as they do.
This was the first counter any of us had done though, and we didn’t pour the mix quite wet enough, or vibrate the sides as long as we should have. Luckily the Concrete Master was able to patch things up.
As the concrete cures it has lightened up a lot (as you would expect) and we’ve been waiting to see if we like the color with just a clear coat over it, which would look something like this.
I don’t think the grays are quite right, so I’ve ordered a tan water-based stain to try out.
I do really like the way it looks though, and I’m going to use some of that tumbled marble tile for the backsplash.
The area around the tub and the shower bench also needs to be done, and I’m hoping someone will let me try my hand a concrete finishing for one of those.
Anyone else tried concrete counters?