Tuesday, February 19, 2008

finishing up in the kitchen

There was one last kitchen project remaining from the remodel started last year, and that was to replace the formica countertop on the island with a concrete counter. After reading up on the technique, planning, and building the form, Mike poured it himself right after New Year's...in the dining room. Here it is after being removed from the form and having been polished...
It was poured in the dining room, as I think it weighed about 500 lbs and would only need to be moved a short way to put it in place.
Here it is strapped to its special moving table on wheels...
...and dropped into place...
It's had several coats of sealer, mineral oil, and wax.
It turned out great I think ~ it has a mottled aged look that I was hoping for.
And some new brackets Mike built for support...
We're both really happy it's finally finished!



61 comments:

  1. Wow. I've been following the re-creation of your kitchen over the past year & its an inspiration. Just gorgeous. And, you guys did an amazing job -- it looks like custom work.

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  2. How beautiful! I love how it turned out, it's just perfect in your kitchen. Great job!
    Rose

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  3. It's just beautiful and it must feel so nice to have it done. You both did a great job!
    Hugs,
    Kelli

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  4. What a beautiful kitchen! I love the concrete countertop. I also love all of your cabinet space!

    I know you worked hard to get it done. It looks just great.

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  5. That is gorgeous! I love the looks of it.

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  6. That is awesome! Way to do it yourself! Good job and love your kitchen!!!

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  7. This has been such a wonderful project to follow along with. I've been so impressed with the work that you all have done on your own. Way to go!!! The finished results are just beautiful

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  8. I'm so impressed with the work you and Mike have done. Your kitchen looks like it was done on DIY. Give each other a pat on the back for the professional workmanship. Hugs to you both.

    By the way...love that butcher block.

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  9. Wow that's terrific! Love it!

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  10. Gorgeous! What a gifted hubby you have! Jenn

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  11. It looks gorgeous!!! I love it! :)

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  12. Wow! That is REALLY impressive. You two are a great team and so incredibly resourceful. Your kitchen looks great! It must be a real pleasure to be in it.

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  13. Deb ~ Your kitchen must bring you so much joy as you work in it. Not only are you surrounded by beauty, but it's all the work of y'all's own hands ~ so satisfying. The concrete countertop is amazing! Kuddos to your hubby.

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  14. Debbie, your kitchen looks soo smashing. I love the concrete counter and all the little touches you have done. You have such an eye. It must be such a relief to have it all done. oxoxoxo Clarice

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  15. wow...love the look and i really appreciate the hard work that went into it. truly a labor of love.

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  16. WOW - I love it and your kitchen. Congrats on being finished with the remodel - I'm sure it's a joy to be cooking in there.

    Hugs - Karen

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  17. I'm really interested that you poured the concrete worktop yourselves - I fancy one but it will come in too expensive. I hadn't really considered doing it ourselves.
    Was is straightforward and could you point me towards instructions?
    J
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  18. This is really nice. It is said that the kitchen is the heart of a home...you have sure put alot of love into yours. I need new counter tops. I can't decided what I want. This is a 100 year old house. I love what you have done, something to think about.
    Hugs, Mary

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  19. I love it. Who would have thought, even 5 years ago, that concrete would make such a beautiful countertop!!
    Janet

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  20. Wow, I just love your kitchen Deb! How I long for a baking center like yours. Not too long ago I wrote about our frugal kitchen remodel (which, sadly, is still not totally finished). We painted our cabinets white too, and we love how they brighten the kitchen. I really admire your creativity, ingenuity and work ethic--I just wrote a post today about how my favorite thrifty tip is to do it yourself!
    Beautiful work!
    Heather

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  21. I second the request for a pointer in the right direction for the how to that your hubby used.

    Although if we were to do it, it would probably have little handprints in it if we poured in the kitchen! :-)

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  22. Your kitchen looks amazing Deb. I love the countertop.

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  23. Wow, that's some do-it-yourself project. It looks fabulous!

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  24. Amazing that you guys did it yourself! I love it! I've always loved the look and you can't beat it for being durable. Good job!

    Manuela

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  25. Wow Girlfriend!! I am so jealous. My dh would not let me have concrete countertops but I at least got new formica. Enjoy your new space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Anonymous5:58 PM

    That looks great. I am very impressed. I do not know that I would even TRY to do such a thing. It is a very beautiful kitchen. I am sure it will give you many many years of joy to cook in that kitchen. Roxie

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  27. I have seen cement counter tops in magazines, and think I would love them. How is it holding up to every day wear and tear, stains and such?
    PS I blogged about finishing the "altered" book idea i got from you a couple of months ago. I am really happy with it!

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  28. Wow! I always wondered what a concrete counter top would look like. That is absolutely beautiful and just the perfect finishing touch.

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  29. That counter top is awesome! You're the first person I have known to make their own. I love your new kitchen!

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  30. Hard work has been giving wonderful result =)

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  31. I'm jealous! Your kitchen looks fantastic - just the kind of kitchen I dream of. I love the concrete counter. I think the look of concrete in contrast to the wood is really striking.

    Congratulations!
    Claudia

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  32. Oh concrete countertop, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . .

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  33. I love your island...it looks awesome. What an accomplisment...just wonderful. Linda

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  34. Wow! What an amazing countertop - your kitchen looiks fabulous!

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  35. I've never hear of concrete work tops before, but it looks brilliant !

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  36. This is a very topical post for me because we have to replace our countertops and concrete was at the top of my list. However, I have a lot of counter to replace and a beam to go around so it would have to be poured in situ. Still considering, I have to show this to my husband.
    Well done.

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  37. WOW!! I am dutifully impressed!!! I love that counter top...and the fact that you and hubbin did this together...is all the more special! I bet you are glad to have that out of your dining room and up on the counter, though! I'm sure that took some muscle.

    Concrete IS one of the finishes we are contemplating for our island counter top in the new house...of course we haven't EVEN completed the architectural renderings as of yet...but I will be curious to see what you have to say about yours and how it is working out....by the WAY...does your hubbin "rent" out??? Just wondering! LOL...

    Blessings...
    Teresa

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  38. It's awesome!!!

    Jody

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  39. That is really cool!

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  40. WOW! You lucky girl, having such a handy man. The counter top looks great.

    Sol

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  41. Your hubby is very talented! I love the aged look of concrete countertops. Enjoy!

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  42. I am simply stunned. What an incredible job. Did he video it for the pilot of the Homespun Living show?

    Blessings and bliss

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  43. I am simply stunned. What an incredible job. Did he video it for the pilot of the Homespun Living show?

    Blessings and bliss

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  44. WOW! You lucky girl, having such a handy man. The counter top looks great.

    Sol

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  45. WOW!! I am dutifully impressed!!! I love that counter top...and the fact that you and hubbin did this together...is all the more special! I bet you are glad to have that out of your dining room and up on the counter, though! I'm sure that took some muscle.

    Concrete IS one of the finishes we are contemplating for our island counter top in the new house...of course we haven't EVEN completed the architectural renderings as of yet...but I will be curious to see what you have to say about yours and how it is working out....by the WAY...does your hubbin "rent" out??? Just wondering! LOL...

    Blessings...
    Teresa

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  46. I've never hear of concrete work tops before, but it looks brilliant !

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  47. Oh concrete countertop, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . .

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  48. That counter top is awesome! You're the first person I have known to make their own. I love your new kitchen!

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  49. Wow! I always wondered what a concrete counter top would look like. That is absolutely beautiful and just the perfect finishing touch.

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  50. Wow Girlfriend!! I am so jealous. My dh would not let me have concrete countertops but I at least got new formica. Enjoy your new space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  51. Your kitchen looks amazing Deb. I love the countertop.

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  52. I second the request for a pointer in the right direction for the how to that your hubby used.

    Although if we were to do it, it would probably have little handprints in it if we poured in the kitchen! :-)

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  53. Wow, I just love your kitchen Deb! How I long for a baking center like yours. Not too long ago I wrote about our frugal kitchen remodel (which, sadly, is still not totally finished). We painted our cabinets white too, and we love how they brighten the kitchen. I really admire your creativity, ingenuity and work ethic--I just wrote a post today about how my favorite thrifty tip is to do it yourself!
    Beautiful work!
    Heather

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  54. This is really nice. It is said that the kitchen is the heart of a home...you have sure put alot of love into yours. I need new counter tops. I can't decided what I want. This is a 100 year old house. I love what you have done, something to think about.
    Hugs, Mary

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  55. wow...love the look and i really appreciate the hard work that went into it. truly a labor of love.

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  56. Wow! That is REALLY impressive. You two are a great team and so incredibly resourceful. Your kitchen looks great! It must be a real pleasure to be in it.

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  57. Gorgeous! What a gifted hubby you have! Jenn

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  58. I'm so impressed with the work you and Mike have done. Your kitchen looks like it was done on DIY. Give each other a pat on the back for the professional workmanship. Hugs to you both.

    By the way...love that butcher block.

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  59. What a beautiful kitchen! I love the concrete countertop. I also love all of your cabinet space!

    I know you worked hard to get it done. It looks just great.

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  60. How beautiful! I love how it turned out, it's just perfect in your kitchen. Great job!
    Rose

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  61. Theirzykfamily8:16 PM

    Thank you for answering my flooring question! Your home is beautiful and all the work you put into it is awesome! Thanks for all your inspiration.

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Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb

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