Concrete Countertop Basics
Tough, reliable concrete keeps creeping further into the home. Now it's finding favor as a countertop surface. Typically, concrete comes in large, seamless 1-1/2-inch-thick sections or is poured in place; it ranges from approximately $60 to $130 per square foot.
Pros: Almost as durable as the more glamorous natural stone, concrete can be colored any shade. A sealer protects the color and makes the surface easy to clean.
Cons: Its appearance is not terribly versatile. Concrete countertops have an industrial look, which works well in sleek kitchens such as this one but does not complement all styles. Also, the material is not easy to replace.
Industrial Kitchen Countertop
Because these homeowners love to cook, professional-grade appliances were a priority. Concrete countertops are a perfect complement to the stainless-steel appliances and industrial hardware on the cabinetry.
Contemporary Concrete Countertop
Concrete kitchen countertops combine with rift-cut oak cabinetry and glass tile to evoke a warm, contemporary style.
Combine Concrete Colors
The homeowner mixed, formed, tinted, and poured the concrete for the island top and counters in this kitchen. They used two different colors, as shown here.
Polished Concrete Countertop
The edges of this counter were ground to reveal interior texture and the entire slabs were waxed and polished with carnauba wax.
Tinted Concrete Countertop
Because concrete can be tinted virtually any color, it's a great option if you want your kitchen to make a splash. Infusing color everywhere, including the countertops, can create a bold, unique space.
Curved Concrete Top
This one-piece curved concrete top had to be molded in the adjoining family room and carried into the kitchen.
Concrete-Top Central Island
Because professionally installed concrete countertops are expensive, the homeowners limited the concrete surface to this central island and installed it themselves.