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Although, if you’re a perfectionist you might called its character just flaws. Although, in this spot beside our sink, it looks like we were scratching lotto tickets with car keys or something. Baconator all the time, so we’ve learned we always have to put down a dish towel on either side of our stove to protect our counters from anymore staining. Besides fighting grease stains though, we’ve had no other issues. Have you thought about installing concrete countertops in your kitchen?
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I can tell you are a very clean homeowner, so your counter tops will always look good. Since our home is not on a concrete slab and has been known to shift (thus cracking the tile we put in our master bath), we opted not to use concrete. But the price is totally worth the extra couple steps to maintain them.
We have been able to just wipe it down with a towel and the water spots disappear pretty quickly. But the concrete countertops aren’t as hard at our porcelain sink.
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Can they be colored so they aren’t grey but maybe a dark brown?
I know it can be so hard to pick the right counter tops and honestly each type comes with ups and downs. I had never thought about doing concrete countertops but in your pictures they look really beautiful!
The scratches come right out easy by steaming it first with an iron and damp towel, then sanding and the stains come out with sanding too.
You may think that is a lot of work but did you know you are supposed to do that to granite as well, not the sanding but the resealing?
I have family that are in the industry of installing tile, granite and marble and the upkeep, if properly done, is as labor intensive or more so than that of butcher block. If it worked, would be a good way to deepen a color for colored concrete too.
We had it in our last house in our kitchen when we did a remodel & loved it. I will keep it clean….just wonder if it is too porous to bode well in that utility. Curious whether you would have made a different choice after living with them. Water beads right up on the surface, and we’ve been able to wipe up any food spills and drips, even ones we missed and let sit around for a little while.
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Our butcher block has a poly on it, and it also scratches so we could use one less thing on our to-do list!
The big con was if they ever crack, which concrete is prone to do, you have to either live with the patching method or rip them out and do them again. Ours is on a concrete slab so it wasn’t something we had to consider. The ugly of butcher block is that you can’t let water sit on them or it’ll leave a mark or a blotch!
Do you have to be really careful to not drop anything on them?
I think it was you that wrote that you broke a plate in your sink). It doesn’t really bother me but it’s probably not for everyone. Your counters look beautiful and sound like they are definitely a cost-effective way to upgrade your kitchen. I was wondering how they would hold up to regular wear and tear. The real upside is it forces you to remove everything off the counters and you declutter while you are at it. It was a toss up between butcher block and concrete for us too. Curious…though it would darken the color, would oiling the entire surface keep the oil spots from showing?
The bagged concrete that you mix in large batches wouldn’t be ideal unless you planned on pouring your countertops using molds. Resealing them once every six months should help with the scratching and protecting against splotches. My main question is how good an option is concrete for the sink basin?
I also want to know if they can be buffed to make them smoother and shinier.
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