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Concrete Install / Small Baths

August 23, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

For the bathroom countertops, we were interested in preserving as much of the raw concrete look as possible.  We did minimal sanding with an orbital and 60/120-grit paper--enough to smooth the top surface and sink and expose a tiny amount of aggregate.  We filled air holes in the top surface with Rockite, but left the sides exactly as they were poured--we like that the open air pocket texture really emphasizes the materiality of these pieces.

The Rockite fill is substantially lighter than the Quikrete, so we also rubbed a diluted white stain over the surfaces.  This didn't change the overall color noticeably, but it did even out some of the texture by filling in tiny imperfections in the surface with white.

Then, after we caulked the vanity surfaces, two fellas lifted these pieces into place (the vanities below them will be painted white).

Overall, we're pleased with the results.  We love the look of these big block of concrete, and since we weren't aiming for a completely polished look, the imperfections (many of which are at corners and edges) add great character.  When we make the kitchen and utility countertop pieces, we'll potentially test out more aggressive sanding methods and staining the fill color to achieve different effects.

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