How to: Concrete counter

After living with a plywood kitchen counter for far too long, I finally tackled this project. Lots of resources out there, but all roads lead back to Fu Tung-Cheng. All in all it’s a pretty straightforward process, build a mold (don’t forget it’s a mirror image!), mix the concrete, polish as obsessively as you’re comfortable with, seal, wax, and install (recruit strong friends). For far too many photos of my project, view it here.


  1. Build a mold using melamine
  2. Seal the seams with black (for visibility) caulk
  3. Float metal fencing in middle of mold and add rebar based on size
  4. Mix concrete, add polystyrene fibers, water reducer and of course color or aggregate as desired
  5. Carefully break out of mold and start grinding working your way up the grits
  6. Seal with a food safe sealant and wax
  7. Share
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  1. Posted April 21, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    About to renovate the kitchen in our new house. I was on the fence about doing the concrete counters myself, I think this post and your results however have inspired me to go for it. Thanks

  2. Posted April 21, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear it! Let me know if you come up with any questions!

  3. Posted July 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Great little post. Dying to try this project out. Kind of burnt on seeing granite everywhere you go.

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