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DayCreek Journal

July 13 , 2009


Concrete Countertops - Part 1

Daycreek.com has been in existence for almost 12 years now — hard to believe! Over the past 12 years, the Internet has evolved, grown and expanded its reach to just about every part of the globe. It has had an incredible impact on how we as humans obtain information.

Besides the text and photographs commonly found on web sites, video has expanded on the Internet over the past few years and I'd like to try an experiment of sorts with those of you who have followed the journal here at Daycreek.com.

This journal entry is my first attempt at bringing you not only textual information but video as well.


Over the past few months, I have been experimenting with cornucopia of cementitious mixes in order to find THE CONCRETE COUNTERTOP MIX.

This adventure started during the winter when Jo and I were trying to decide on what kind of a countertop to buy for the kitchen cabinets. We investigated various forms of countertops that are eco-friendly: bamboo, cork, paper, butcher-block and recycled glass. Most of the options required customized installation by trained installers. In other words, eco-expensive.

One of my favorite's out of all the options were recycled glass countertops. I really liked the way they looked, but at over $100 per square foot installed, this was out of our price range. The total cost of just the countertops would exceed $5,000! Yikes!

Then I remembered a book I read a few years back written by Fu-Tung Cheng entitled Concrete Countertops. Cheng's book was one of the first to describe the process involved with making concrete countertops.This book sat on my bookshelf for more than a year gathering dust before I picked it up again and started reading it again.

After reading Cheng's book again and picking up a copy of Buddy Rhodes book: Making Concrete Countertops, I started believing I could actually build our own countertops for a fraction of the cost of commercially made countertops.

Months of research and testing went into what I now feel is a pretty good mix. Here is part one of a multi-part series showing the construction of our countertops. I hope you enjoy the video!

Depending upon line speed, it may take a few moments for the video to load. Pressing the pause button (after pressing play) will give the video a chance to load before being played in its entirety.