By Jim S

Here is the creation of the center Island bar with concrete counter top that will surround the Viking Hood & Range, and be the focal point of the kitchen and the entry way, and a nice place to hang out, and hey- it wouldn’t be a Road House with out a Bar!

Center Island Bar Framing

Skeletor, the makings of the Center Island!

Center Island Bar Sheathing

Center Island Bar Sheathing

The Island, before it had exterior paneling.

Center Island Bar with T&G Pine Exterior

The Island with T&G Pine Paneling.

Center Island Bar with T&G Pine Exterior

Just before we make a mess, here’s what I started with.

Center Island Bar with Bottom Formwork.

Beginning Form Work, Just Wing it!!!!

Center Island Bar with Complete Formwork & Rebar.

Rebar Shot: Wire Mesh, #3, #4 and piece of #5 for good measure. Lag bolted to frame.

Center Island Bar with Taped Joints, Complete Formwork & Rebar.

More Rebar ARRRRRRrrrrrr

Mixing Concrete for the Center Island Bar.

.J.M Concrete- Specializing in Concrete Counter Tops-

Placing Concrete for the Center Island Bar.

.J.M Concrete- Specializing in Concrete Counter Tops-

Bringing the Cream to the Top!

Putting coloring dye on the surface & working it in.

Finished Troweling, with 1st application of coloring die.

Dye has been troweled in, waiting for it to set up.

Finished Troweling, with 1st application of coloring die.

Dye has been troweled in, waiting for it to set up.

Final Troweling, with 2nd application of coloring die.

Final troweling and color application.

Final Troweling, with 2nd application of coloring die.

Final troweling and color application.

Final Troweling, with 2nd application of coloring die.

Final troweling and color application.

Final Troweling, with 2nd application of coloring die.

wait for it to harden….. then we will wet sand it.

Final Troweling, with 2nd application of coloring die.

Not too Shabby for $49.31 in materials.

Form Free

Form Free

Form Free

Form Free

So the counter came out ok. It almost has a beefy industrial look. we should have used a vibrator to get more air pockets out and concrete mix with less aggregate, but it will work out fine. A little grout here and there, and we’ll be all set! Now we need to apply the sealer coats or epoxy….

here are some better quality shots…

After I grout in the voids, and apply the sealer or epoxy coatings, it will give the counter the “wet” look and appear much darker than it is now.

We secured the counter to the Island Framing & to floor with A35 framing clips and lag bolts. Next we need to run finish pine trim at the top of the T&G paneling around the inside of the counter.

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the Viking Chimney Island Hood.

Eric & Jeff Helping with the Install !

the hood went on with a little resistance.

then after the concrete has cured, I added an epoxy coating to the top.

its all in the details!

now head on over to the “Interior” page for some more photos.

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2 Responses to “Concrete Counter Tops”


  1. April 29, 2008 at 8:27 am

    WOW! I would love to get these countertops done in the model home – looks fantastic! I’ve heard that they are much more durable than granite, also. I can’t believe the cost! House looks fantastic – can’t wait to hear you’re getting ready to move in. Nikki Patlin Miller, Sales Manager, Patlin Enterprises for the Original Lincoln Logs

  2. 2 Leslie P
    April 29, 2008 at 9:30 am

    We look forward to visiting!


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