There’s no doubt about it – concrete countertops look pretty fantastic. They’re not just for fans of industrial design and décor – concrete countertops can look earthy, warm, cool, rustic or modern. They can also be custom made in various shapes and sizes, are heat and scratch resistant and with certain treatments, cracking can be eliminated.
Those are the pros. The cons? They can be expensive if you turn to the experts. That’s why many with DIY knowledge, tools, space and well – balls – have attempted to make your own. Our own Alec made his own concrete countertops … although like many before and after him, he experienced a few issues when he took on the challenge (or “1400 lbs of mistake” as he put it).
If you’re not daunted by this, may we recommend Concrete Countertops Made Simple by Fu-Tung Cheng. This book with DVD gives homeowners seven detailed but clearly explained steps to go from designing to eating off their custom concrete countertop. While you certainly still have to have some grit (and friends to help), Cheng provides confidence for even the home improvement newbie with limited tools to take on concrete countertop.
Concrete Countertops Made Simple (Made Simple (Taunton Press)) is available at Amazon for just under $15.