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Old 08-27-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Arrow DIY: Concrete Kitchen Countertops

I apologize, I had already posted this before, but it's better suited to be moved now that we have a Home Improvement Sub Forum.

I actually did a complete kitchen rennovation for my rental.


This is what I walked into when I bought the place, NASTY! (i had already swapped out most of the white appliances)
before:


new cabinets:


the new concrete countertop design:


overkill, but i had the mold CNC routed out of melamine board:


placed my formwork:






sink and faucet cutouts:


ready for pour:


pulling the formwork:


flipped over and untouched:




a trivet to place hot pots on. embedded stainless bar:


wet polishing:


chamfered edge, done by hand with the polisher:


midway through the polishing steps:


got my desired gloss...now buffing and waxing:






put in a marble back splash and installed the new concrete:




and done!












that is all.

Including all materials and supplies (including purchasing a wet polisher and pads....and the moving truck to transport them) I paid a grand total of $967 and put about 40-50hrs of work into them.

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Old 08-27-2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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Looks great! How did you make the joints in the finished countertop? Any closeup pics of the joint at the sink?
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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Nice work- that looks great.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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I really like your style with all your improvements
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #5
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What do you do for a living ? You seem to be a jack of all trades and a master of all of them.

How did you make the chamfered edges and the trevett's ? Did you do it with a router or did you embed half rounded molding into the concrete ?

Did you put wire in the concrete ?

Did you seal the concrete with a chemical like it is done with driveways or did you just use the wax ?

What is the double stacked appliance ? Is that a dishwasher ?

Excellent work !
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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Looks great! How did you make the joints in the finished countertop? Any closeup pics of the joint at the sink?
what i did was find basically color match it with a grout. Unfortunately I don't know where the close-up picture is of the actual joint when it was completed.


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What do you do for a living ? You seem to be a jack of all trades and a master of all of them.

How did you make the chamfered edges and the trevett's ? Did you do it with a router or did you embed half rounded molding into the concrete ?

Did you put wire in the concrete ?

Did you seal the concrete with a chemical like it is done with driveways or did you just use the wax ?

What is the double stacked appliance ? Is that a dishwasher ?

Excellent work !
Thanks, but i'm hardly a master. I'm actually trying to start a concrete design business in Southern Florida right now doing some of this stuff because I enjoy it so much.

Yes i put wire (reinforcing mesh) in the concrete which you can see in the pictures. Also, as stated in the original post, I put the chamfer on the the edge by hand using a hand-held polisher

The Trivets were place in the mold before the concrete was cast, I welded anchor plates onto the stainless rails to ensure they never move or pull-out.
Concrete was sealed with a topical sealer before the concrete was waxed.



..and yes, the double sacked appliances are 2 single drawer dishwashers

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Where in fl? My parents actually just bought a house in boynton beach and are doing a ton of work. They might actually might be interested in getting some concrete counter tops.
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^ Cool... i'm looking for projects to build up a portflio! I live in West Palm Beach now, about 20 minutes away from Boyton. (I also own an Appliance Business if they are looking for good prices on new appliances!)
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^ Cool... i'm looking for projects to build up a portflio! I live in West Palm Beach now, about 20 minutes away from Boyton. (I also own an Appliance Business if they are looking for good prices on new appliances!)
Shoot me a PM with your info and email and Ill forward it to my mom. I know she wants to buy a ton of new crap for the house.
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I might want to do something similar for my kitchen remodel in a few years. The finished product looks fantastic!
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^ Cool... i'm looking for projects to build up a portflio! I live in West Palm Beach now, about 20 minutes away from Boyton. (I also own an Appliance Business if they are looking for good prices on new appliances!)
That's good to know! I'm planning to get my CBC in October and will keep you in mind for appliances when building.
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^ Cool... i'm looking for projects to build up a portflio! I live in West Palm Beach now, about 20 minutes away from Boyton. (I also own an Appliance Business if they are looking for good prices on new appliances!)
Do you carry/familiar with Dacor products? If so what do you think of them?

Counter tops are gorgeous by the way, I love contemporary styling.
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Where in fl? My parents actually just bought a house in boynton beach and are doing a ton of work. They might actually might be interested in getting some concrete counter tops.
Yeah, I want to know as well.
I used to live in Jacksonville.
I have toyed with the idea of moving back to Fl.
But moving further south. I like the beach and the atmosphere better in FL than TX.

I want to know where you live so I can move down the street from you.
You would be a great neighbor to know.....
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^ Cool... i'm looking for projects to build up a portflio! I live in West Palm Beach now, about 20 minutes away from Boyton. (I also own an Appliance Business if they are looking for good prices on new appliances!)
Are you able to effectively compete with the big box stores ?
Is your advantage product knowledge and personal service ?
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I'm confused. Is pic # 2 and the last pic the same place? Do you live there or just rent it out?

Sorry, forgot to mention: It looks EXCELLENT!
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Do you carry/familiar with Dacor products? If so what do you think of them?

Counter tops are gorgeous by the way, I love contemporary styling.
I do carry Dacor, but I only get it when it's available... i'm not in constant supply of it. I love Dacor.

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Is your advantage product knowledge and personal service ?
I deal with a lot of scratch/dent stuff...and in a lot of cases, it's only the packaging that's damaged. I also carry factory sealed stuff as well. Everything is brand new, never used, and has full manufacturer warranties.

My advantage is pricing....I do ebay auctions all the time starting at $0.99 with no reserve.

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I'm confused. Is pic # 2 and the last pic the same place? Do you live there or just rent it out?

Sorry, forgot to mention: It looks EXCELLENT!
haha...yeah. same place.

I lived in it when I did the work (only a year) but now it's rented out.
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