Casting a countertop in place lets you skip both the heavy lifting and the "upside down and backward" thinking involved in precasting into a mirror-image mold. But troweling the surface smooth does require skill. Practice on other projects first.

 

The countertop rests on a base of ½-inch-thick cement board, enabling you to keep the concrete 1 inch thick except at the edges, which are just deep enough to hide the cement board. The result is a normal-height countertop that's easily supported by standard cabinets.

Full article: A cast in place countertop

Chuck Kuhn

Yes, you can do this at home. Get the complete step-by-step to making a contemporary countertop or outdoor planter

Sunset

Both of these projects are from Sunset’s Decorative Concrete book.

Inexpensive and strong, concrete holds up houses, paves driveways, and keeps fence posts from tipping over.

But beyond these utilitarian roles, it also excels as a decorative material, which is why it’s showing up in more and more houses in everything from countertops and fireplace surrounds to tabletops and garden art.

Indoor project
A cast-in-place countertop

Outdoor project
A pressed pot

 

 

 

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