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									    COUNTERTOPS
                                                                                                                      Kimberly Johnston,
                                                                                                                         Associate Editor



           Concrete Countertops
           Contractors combine concrete and creativity for
           unique concrete countertops
            Award winning kitchen                         the kitchen and bar area, Absolute          to remove any pin holes and “com-


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                   reating kitchens that are classic      ConcreteWorks also created a con-           pact” the concrete.
                   and simple while incorporat-           crete backsplash and a removable              Next he sprayed the GFRC backer
                   ing tangible objects from the          concrete art piece that incorporated        mix, which contains the glass fibers, to
            owners’ lives is not an easy task. But        items from the homeowners’ previ-           a 3⁄8-inch thickness. Styrofoam was then
            Steve Silberman and Tommy Cook of             ous endeavors.                              added on top of the backer mix. “The
            Absolute ConcreteWorks, Poulsbo,                Absolute ConcreteWorks used its           foam is in there to take up volume.
            Wash., were up to the task. Not only          trademarked SoundCrete GFRC con-                                             ”
                                                                                                      It’s a weight reduction method, Cook
            did they create the desired concrete          crete mix for all the concrete elements     says. “Another benefit is the Styrofoam
            countertops the homeowners wanted,            in the kitchen. “The main reason for        holds temperature, so it makes it a little
            but they also created an award                using GFRC is higher strength and           warmer than your standard concrete
            winning concrete art piece for the            lighter weight. It’s a much easier prod-    countertops would be. Another 1⁄4-inch
                                                                                                                              ”
            kitchen’s bar area.                                            ”
                                                          uct to deal with, Cook says.                of backer mix was sprayed over the
              The homeowner wanted the coun-                To create the precast countertops,        foam, and then the countertop was
            tertops to have a worn, leathered             Cook first used templates to fabricate       troweled and left to cure.
            look without the rugged feel. The             the molds. Once the molds were cre-           To achieve the desired color, Cook
            countertops also included stainless,          ated, the inlays set for the knockouts      sprayed on brown acid stain and let it
            removable trivets and a cook top that         and the inserts for the trivets in place,   sit to create its own pattern. He also
            was flush with the countertop, Cook            Cook sprayed on the GFRC mist coat.         used pads to buff the concrete and
            says. Aside from the countertops in           He then back brushed the mist coat          give it a “worn” look, Cook says. The
                                                                                                                                    counter-
                          Below: Absolute ConcreteWorks won Cheng’s                                                                 tops were
                     Circle of Distinction Award for Best “Funk”-tional
                    feature for the art piece at the end of the wine bar                                                            neutralized,
                       counter. Right: All the kitchen countertops were                                                             rinsed and
                                             done using SoundCrete, the                                                             covered
       AT A GLANCE                            company’s own GFRC mix.
                                                                                                                                    with a food
                                                                                                                                    friendly
       Company:                                                                                                                     sealer.
        Absolute ConcreteWorks
        Poulsbo,Wash.                                           
								
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