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See the Best Books of the Month Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries. Concrete Countertops book. Read 10 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This book reinvents the countertop with a single material: con. Concrete Countertops re-invents the countertop with a single material: concrete. Throughout the book, Cheng offers valuable troubleshooting advice and.
After tamping again to make sure there were no air pockets, I used a straight 3-foot length of 2x4 as a screed across the top edges of the form. By sliding it back and forth and pulling the excess mud to one end, I was able to get a relatively smooth bottom on the countertop, which I finished with a trowel. I let the tops sit for a couple of days before I removed the sides and foam blocks, and it was almost a week before I turned the countertops over to take a look.
The tops were very smooth, but were peppered with small, pock-like voids created by escaping air bubbles. Also, the vertical edge around the sink opening had an interesting texture where the masking tape had puckered. This process brought even the tiniest voids into sharp relief, and I decided to fill them with a sand and cement grout mixture. This not only improves the appearance, but prevents food particles and bacteria from becoming trapped in the small pockets.
That it was also a light color turned out to be what makes these countertops unique [3A].
I mixed up a batch and spread it over the top, exposing the edges of the countertops with a rubber grout trowel. After letting it dry, I sanded off the excess with successive passes using , , and grit aluminum oxide paper. This effect was especially interesting at the sink hole, where the grout created a vein-like look [3B]. I was delighted with the overall effect, even more so after I sprayed the surfaces with numerous coats of a concrete wet-look sealer, which brought out some green color.
I set the two smaller tops by myself and placed the two pieces of the long countertop with a little help. Once I verified they fit, I lifted the front edge of the two smaller tops; placed a few blobs of clear silicone on the cabinet tops; and lowered the countertops into their final position, making sure that the overhangs were consistent. I did the same for the long countertop  , except that I applied some gray silicone at the joints I had created at the sink cutout, pushing the pieces together until some of the silicone squeezed out and I was sure the joint was loaded.
Where the sink and countertop met, I masked both sides and applied a bead of the same gray silicone, using a rubber forming tool and my finger to create a rounded seam. I provided for miter joints at inside corners, and created a beveled front edge on all of the splashes by tacking cant strips into the corners of the forms where the top and face of each backsplash meet. After allowing the forms to cure for about a week and spraying them with sealer, I put them in place, securing them to the wall with hot glue and construction adhesive.
I used gray silicone at the miter joints, then applied a bead of gray latex caulk to the joint between the bottom of the backsplash and the countertop, smoothing with my finger and a wet rag. A couple of unusual things happened during this adventure. But for me, it was a blessing—I liked the imperfection. I wanted these countertops to look like what they were—concrete—but with a little pizazz.
The contrasting grout color turned ordinary, gray, concrete tops into something that looked a lot like stone. Second, when I caulked the foam form for the sink, it deposited a thin film of caulk on the surface of the melamine.
After using a very sharp chisel to peel it off, I could still see a gray mark on the melamine where the caulk had been but thought nothing of it when I formed the backsplash over that stain.
Lo and behold, it left a mark across the face of one piece of the splash that looks like a vein—more beautiful imperfection!
Third, the blue masking tape I used to wrap the foam sink form puckered and shriveled when it got wet from the concrete. This left a slightly sculpted surface that also looked like veining when the grout was applied.
It gives real character to the top at the sink and makes it look even more like a stone countertop. As much as I liked the look of these countertops, a couple of things were disappointing.
First, along some of the front edge, an irregular line is visible where the two layers of the cement mixture meet .
Although I like the interest it adds, I probably should have wet the first layer before placing the rest of the mix, and then tamped it more vigorously along that front edge.
Second, I wish the joints between the two pieces of countertop at the sink were less visible . Wetter concrete, more tamping, and greater care when removing the metal strips would have helped. The process is reasonably simple, the skills required are basic, and the materials are readily available and inexpensive: As for labor, it took me between 30 and 40 hours to form, pour, sand, fill, sand again, install, and caulk the tops and back splashes, but that included the learning curve.
Up next is the vanity top for the newly remodeled bathroom. I think I will lay dried leaves in the bottom of the form and see what happens! I have run a palm sander without sander paper along the forms to help reduce air bubbles and voids with great success. Your idea of placing dried leaves on top of the countertops is a wonderful idea and I'd love to see the finished product.
Please let your readers see this idea of yours come to life soon! Please remember that there is considerable weight in a concrete slap benchtop, so it is a good idea to reinforce your cabinetry so that they can support the weight most kitchen cupboards are only designed to support laminated benchtops.
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Cheng shows the entire process: design considerations, mold-making, concrete selection, installation, and maintenance, all using straightforward instructions supplemented by excellent illustrations. Showing an innovative use of a common and inexpensive material, this title should be part of comprehensive public library home improvement collections.
In this stunning book, the best-selling author reveals the anything-is-possible flexibility of concrete in an impressive variety of architectural examples.
Fu-Tung presents each decorative concrete application — such as a wall, fireplace or water feature — from the perspective of its underlying design principles before proceeding to discuss the main steps involved in building it.
Chapters cover composition, texture, and color techniques used for the various concrete applications. Illustrations show how to integrate functional and artistic features into varied concrete applications. With an approachable style and beautiful photography, the book will open a world of creative possibilities while providing the necessary guidance and confidence to experience concrete firsthand. The construction of forms, footings, and ties is detailed in clear, easy-to-follow instructions, and special attention is given to finishing techniques, including adding color, texture, and inlays.