07:34AM | 04/03/02
Member Since: 03/21/02
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I am building a custom outdoor grill and bar, and am not satisfied with the typical tile countertops. After reading an article in Fine Homebuilding magazine, I would like to try building a concrete countertop. This is for my own home. Has anyone attempted this? Can I whack the form with a sledge hammer to settle out the air? How do I polish and seal the concrete afterwards? Do I need to leave an air gap around the stainless steel grill, or can I go right up against it? Will the color fade? Am I best to color it white for that reason?


03:03PM | 04/03/02
Member Since: 04/02/02
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There used to be an online site called * * I saved several articles that had been posted by a DIYer that made counters for his kitchen. His article was VERY comprehensive! If you are interested, I can email the HTML pages to you! Just email me at and let me know and I will send you _virus free_ files of the pages! :-)

Kathie in Maryland


05:17PM | 08/01/13
Member Since: 08/01/13
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I was looking into the same thing back in 2011 and at a local home improvement show came across the perfect solution for me. Since I was concerned about my cabinets having the ability to hold the weight of either concrete or granite, and issues keeping them safe and clean, I found Granicrete provided me the answer to both concerns and the ability to be more creative than nature. Since then I've done by home kitchen and my cabin's kitchen. One was done in place over the existing laminate the other was all newly built and dropped into place.

Search for it on the web and you will see many tops that look like granite. I suggest you go to granite stores and check out patterns and get ideas to what would work with your kitchen. Granicrete can come pretty close to duplicating it.

I tried to attach a photo from my cabin, but it was too large. Even the floor was done with Granicrete.



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