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Lamp and a flowerpot

In my previous blog I proudly presented our new white concrete mix. When the idea came to get white conrete, we also started to search ways how anyone could easily to do different things from it. I found a great site where guys show how you can do design lamps from concrete with plastic bottles. As they say in their blog, normally design lamps cost a fortune but you can do 10 to 15 lamps from one bag of concrete. 

Of course I had to try this and also took it little bit further. Same idea, but I multiplied the size to make a flowerpot from two buckets. I did try both of these and they were really easy to make. Now when the white concrete is in our stock, I´ll do both again and put some pictures here so you´ll see the result and possibly get some tips so you can do them your self.

If you want to see the video, here is the link to it.

This is really a perfect example that anyone can do anything from concrete. Easy, fun and simple:) 
Please, put the computer down and do some craftsmanship:) 
 
 
 

White concrete countertop

I´m proud to present our new product, White concrete.

White concrete brings a new possibilities to build concrete worktops. The white concrete mix is designed for pouring concrete countertops and it has special features helping you. It contains the Liqui Crete or as we call it, the special mix. This mix contains acrylic fibers that give more strength to the concrete. Extra additives force the air out of the wet concrete. This way you´ll get smooth edges easily and the concrete is easier to handle. I did write about the Liqui Crete mix in an earlier post, it really is a amazing product to use.

Our white concrete is designed and produced in the USA, and there is nothing similar in the market. The white mix is really easy to mix, use and trowel. The gravel in the mix is really small, so it makes the concrete mix more liquid. At the same time, you don´t have to use so much water as in regular concrete. I did count the price for a white countertop made with our products. If you compare this to a white stone countertop… concrete wins every time, even if you hire a professional to do the work for you. 

White concrete features,

  1. White fibre concrete with special mix
  2. Designed and manufactured to make concrete countertops
  3. For in and outside use
  4. Ready dry mix, add water and mix. Easy to use.
  5. Smooth edges with less work
  6. Enables concrete staining to a whole new level. Colors will come more alive with white concrete.

 Example of a three meter white concrete countertop, depth 60cm.

Product list:

 

White concrete will be available from the first week of May. It is available for orders now! We will make some samples when it is here, so stay tuned:)

 

 




More curves for concrete countertop.

New edge form coming soon to our stock. The Ogee from is the latest innovation of our product catalog. It works the same as our other cast in place concrete molds, but with a Ogee look edge form. If you google Ogee, you´ll learn why it is called that:)  It has got some great reviews in the US site already!

Edge form will be in our stock first week of May. Available with two different package sizes, small and large.

 

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Concrete countertop, undermount sink installation

I started to think different sink installations when I visited the kitchen fair in England. Threre were a lot of  sinks made from composite and looked like concrete.This is not a new thing, I know. But I realized that one of our products may not be that familiar to everybody, the sink form. With this product you can undermount basically any kind of sink you want, composite to steel.

The big benefit with it, is that you can save a lot of money because any cheap sink will do (ikea á 29€) and you´ll get the smooth,  concrete countertop as a one perfect surface. So the sink will not be on display, it will be hidden and you see it only when you are in front of it. This is what I mean.

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Kitchen sink can also be installed in the “normal” way. When you are installing the Z Counteform molds and forms you can make the sink hole edges from the back forms of the form package. When the concrete has dried and you have finalized it with a sealer, the sink can be put in place.  If you do the sink installation this way, remember to check that the sink overflow tube has enough space to be installed! This is not a problem when you undermount your sink. 

In my opinion, the undermount sink looks much better. Smooth, perfect and consistent concrete worktop with one extra mold. The installation part is really easy, see how it is done from our video.  More detailed info you´ll find from our website.

It is possible to make your own concrete sink, but it will take a lot of your time and you need to buy some special tools for it. So with a concrete worktop and  composite / steel kitchen sink you´ll have really nice combination to your kitchen. 

 
 

How to patch and get smooth edges to your concrete countertop.

Some people like when the concrete countertop edges have the rough concrete look and some like to have the smooth edges. Here are some hints and tips how you can get the edges you want.

When you are doing a concrete countertop, one of your worries might be, how the edges look like when you take off the molds. The holes in the edges  occur because of the air in the concrete. If you want egdes to be perfect or without any bigger holes in them you need to vibrate the moulds when the concrete is still wet. The vibration is easy to do, almost everyone has a sanding machine at home. Vibrate the countertop form edges with the sanding machine, it will give you a better chance to get the smooth edges you want. As a rule for vibrating the edges, the time you think that you need to vibrate the edges, multiple that by two or three times:) Then it should be enough.

But there is still a chance that there are some holes after you have vibrated the edges. This has been a concern for me as well, before I found the Z Counterform products. The Counter Patch is made for this kind of issue.  When the concrete worktop  it has dried enough so that the molds can be taken off, you´ll finally see the countertop edges. If there are still holes you want to get rid of, with the counter patch you can easily fill up the holes on the worktop. Only thing you need is the Counter Patch, rubber gloves and some sandpaper.

The second option is to use Liqui Crete mix. It contains acrylic fibers and a special mix that forces the air out of the mixed and poured concrete mix.  The special mix… first time I used Liqui Crete, I could not believe how well it works. It really is a unbelievable product. At the first countertops I ever made, the vibration took a really long time and I could not predict what would the outcome look like. I visited Z Counterform USA, owner and inventor Ed Baldoni, who trained and introduced me to this product. We made a countertop at the training with Liqui Crete. We were almost done with it and I thought we should start to vibrate the edges, well we kind of did it.. but only about a minute and by hand. We used the handles of a screwdriver and tapped the Z Counterform edges gently, really for about a minute. Then we left for a lunch… Really easy and fast job, comparing it if I would have needed to vibrate the edges with sanding machine. Acrylic fibers in the mix, give more durability to the countertop. if you are planning to make a worktop or an island with an  overlay, it would be a good thing to use Liqui  Crete.

I say to customers that , the Liqui Crete saves a lot of your time. You don’t need to vibrate the edges (well just few minutes, by hand) and no patching is needed when the moulds have been taken off. The other benefit, it gives extra support for the countertop because of the acrylic fibers in the mix. The third benefit is, that you get the smooth edges easily. Here is our video on the Liqui Crete if you want to see it in action.

All of these methods work really well. So, you´ll have your dream countertop. All you need to do is to choose the look, rough or smooth. You can have it as you want it. To get the smooth edges it depends on the budged, how  much money do you want to spend on your countertop.  And how much time do you want or like to spend working the worktop? Liqui Crete will lift the cost of the countertop, but I divide the cost with the time I´ll spend more finalizing the worktop.  In either case, the price of the countertop will be affordable and it will sustain a long time. Concrete has been known to last more than 200 years, so in that time you´ll have to change your kitchen cabinets few times:)

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The countertop we made with Liqui Crete at the training.

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Birmingham kitchen fair 2014, more light and space for your kitchen.

I realized that I am spending more and more time in the kitchen making food, eating, planning grocery lists and opening the fridge door far too many times in the evening… Kitchen will be more and more THE place at our homes where we all spend our time at home. So naturally we want to make it as flexible, systematic and spacious as possible.

I visited the England biggest kitchen fair. Kitchen improvements will make future kitchens so cozy and flexible, that you will want to spend more time there

Something new for your kitchen. More light, integration and automation.

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The most interesting ideas in the kitchen fair:

Lights– well, there can’t be too much light in a kitchen. LED- lights have been integrated everywhere. To worktops, overhead cabinets and drawers. Open a drawer, the light automatically illuminates so you´ll see better what you are looking for. Led-lights with this kind of integration, bring more posture and high class look in to the kitchen.

Integration- almost every kitchen appliance can be integrated to the kitchen, so you´ll get more working space on your worktop or for appliances. Even knives, electricity, trash can, spices and even a TV is possible to integrate to a worktop. Visit manufacturer @ http://the-sbox.com. Integration brings more space to kitchen cabinets when some of the appliances are integrated to the worktop. And when they are integrated and hidden in to the worktop, you´ll have more workspace.

Automation- Kitchen cabinets are now being automated, one touch and the door opens it self. You can close it by push of a button.  These things come handy when you hands are full and you need to open the door. Visit Blum @ http://www.blum.com/eu/en/01/10/50/10/

I almost forgot one of the coolest systems there were, Kesseböhmer kitchen island. You can adjust the height of the island by push of a button. The island can be adjusted about 15cm, up or down to suite your desired working height. The island was big and heavy, so that is impressive and handy.

UK´s biggest kitchen fair, KBB Birmingham.

We will visit the fair this week and keep you posted on the latest things of the industry.

KBB Birmingham is the UK´s biggest kitchen, bathroom and bedroom fair, including latest products and trends from all over the world. Best place to see the latest innovations.  We will report and show what is really new in the industry. How you can make your kitchen even better.

About KBB:
With over 300 brands, manufacturers and suppliers, kbb Birmingham is the place to source the verylatest new products, new technologies and stunning new ranges from furniture, appliances and accessories to components and surfaces. More information about the fair, visit @ http://www.kbb.co.uk

Dreaming of a colorful kitchen?

While white kitchens are still wildly popular in a lot of homes, many of us are dreaming of an energizing splash of color in our kitchen. If you look for colorful kitchen ideas, you often find bright cabinets paired with neutral worktops. But how about selecting a fun and vibrant color for your worktop?
 Z Counterform’s worktop stains offer a wide selection of colors that allow you to make your worktop look exactly the way you like. Building a concrete worktop and staining it with the Z Aqua-Tint water soluble concrete dye is an affordable and easy choice for anyone dreaming of a colorful kitchen.
 Multi-colored kitchen do not need to be loud and restless. Color can create many different ambiences. Just choose the style and color palette of your liking and get going!
 You can create a contemporary, stylish look like this
 Or you can go for a more bohemian, or romantic style
 Or why not go totally wild with a hot, electric look like this
 Z Aqua-Tint comes in sixteen different colors that can be mixed to create nearly any desired tone. Read more at http://en.diyconcreteworktops.com/product/22/z-aqua-tint-stain