Concrete counter tops
I specified a lot of concrete countertops and think the material beautiful if finished properly. One of my guys finishes sinks right in them that can be imaginative. I know it can be done as DIY but the guys I use have some pretty extensive training in making concrete counter and tabletops, fireplace mantels, etc. I am sure they would talk with you about mixes and so forth if you hit a dead end via Google.
Anyhow, I would dig around online to see what the concrete mix should be like, what type of colorants to use, staining, and polishing and sealing. Some intriguing tops I have seen recently use epoxy over the concrete. You might want to explore because the diamond tools to polish the surface will add up in a hurry.
If I were you, I would build yourself some sturdy trial forms and play around in 2'x2' squares or something? See what works for you. You can use the squares in the garden as stepping stones when done.
I have seen poured in place countertops but have never specified one for my projects. Most of mine have been prepared and installed just like stone ones would be.
Let me know if you need some sites to look at for stellar examples of how beautiful concrete countertops can be.
Last edited by sdsester; 04-10-2012 at 03:50 PM.