Building Concrete Countertops
A carefully constructed mold is the key to creating a beautiful kitchen counter from everyday materials.
Synopsis: Famed California designer Fu-Tung Cheng explains how he makes cast concrete countertops for the kitchen, with tips on building accurate molds with sink and faucet knockouts and integral drain boards. He includes his successful recipe for concrete.
Concrete is a wondrous material. It has substance and mass, permanence and warmth. It assumes forms that irrevocably touch our daily lives: bridges, floors, walls, and now even countertops. I built my first concrete countertop with a friend in 1985 and was so encouraged that I began to design and build more of these “working sculptures.” After learning to control the process, I’ve made concrete my design material of choice in kitchens and baths.
The first step in building a concrete countertop is making the mold, a task that offers opportunities for creativity, but one that demands lots of attention to detail. A mold doesn’t require sophisticated materials or techniques, but the…