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  • 29 Jan 2018
    Lots of people who had a chance to deal with the bathroom renovation were faced to the question if it was possible to build concrete countertops by their own. So, is it really possible? Bathroom is quite an aggressive environment for many building and constructing materials. Durability of renovation in the bathroom is, first and foremost, a budget issue, and aesthetic is the second issue. In these latter days countertops of particleboards has been in high demand, as they are quite inexpensive, eye-catching, very practical and comfortable to be fixed. But their disadvantage is a short service life. There are more expensive and very long-lasting variants – natural, artificial or acryl stone. But not everyone can afford such countertops. But there is a solution of this problem – concrete countertops. Pros of concrete Using concrete countertops mix for building a DIY concrete countertop for your kitchen, solves immediately lots if problems, and one won’t have to worry about durability, price and being unique. When building concrete countertops, it is necessary to follow some simple, but very important technological recommendations. If so, your final product will become durable and long-lasting, because concrete is the material, that is little affected with environmental loads. On top of that, it is quite inexpensive, that allows keeping your family budget safe and sound. With this, concrete countertops almost don’t differ from marble ones in their appearance. Those of you, who strive to have original product in your interior, may build really one-of-a-kind DIY concrete countertop, and there won’t be the same in the entire world. The concrete countertops in the bathroom should have quality features, like high strength, humidity resistance and at the same time have an eye-catching appearance. Under this description, the concrete countertops in the bathroom can be used more accurately, and one may decorate them just as the imagination allows with own hands; such a functional decor can be made quite easily. In this case, the self-made product will not yield to expensive purchase models in anything. Why concrete? The best option for countertops is traditionally considered a concrete countertop mix. But of course, to build such a structure you will need much patience, strength and work. The concrete countertops are close in their characteristics to natural stone, while it is relatively inexpensive. The main and key characteristic of them is they are massive and very durable, though there appeared modern concrete countertops which are quite thin (here we mean glass fiber reinforced countertops). In order to its appearance to be attractive, during the preparation of concrete countertop mix, various additives are included. Such concrete countertops can be decorated with variety of materials: coins, stones, glass, shells, ceramics and even with a special LED strip light. Decoration variants depend on your imagination. It’s obligatory to keep in mind that the on first stage of concrete hardening all elements of decoration will be affected with humidity, that is why all elements, used for decoration, should be humidity resistant. For instance, if these are photos, they are to be sealed in special lamination film. This film is transparent, not visible, but it will protect paper from water. Measuring and preparing a project Before making an accessory, you need to determine its shape and sizes. It is possible that this will not be a simple quadrangle, but rather a complex construction. You should start with the measurements. If there is an old countertop that needs to be replaced, you can measure it. Preparing materials and tools Building DIY concrete countertop is not very difficult, but quite troublesome. The main materials that you will need:         cement of M500 brand and materials and tools         fine clean river sand         fine fraction         water         plasticizer of concrete The amount of material is calculated taking into account the size of the future DIY concrete countertop. Just in case, buy the material a bit more than necessary, to have some extra on the stock. An important element for making high-quality concrete countertops is the formwork. It can be made of different materials. The main requirement is a solid, level ground, exhibited strictly according to the level. This formwork element can be made of:         Plywood (not less than 20mm), coated with polyethylene         Plywood covered with polystyrene sheet, not thicker than 5.5 mm         Mirrors or glass         Sheet plastic Concrete Countertop Solutions states, that all these materials have proved themselves to work well. Therefore, in this case, the choice is entirely yours. Define what you prefer to work with and then choose. Necessary preparation         Wooden beam not less than 50mm of height         self-tapping screws         silicone sealant or transparent adhesive         reinforcing mesh         any oil: machine (can be worked off), sunflower, as an option, linseed oil         dyes or other elements of decor         grinding paste It is also advisable to prepare such tools for work in advance:         spatula, trowel         screwdriver         wood hacksaw         sandpaper         grinder;         polishing nozzles with large and medium grain         building level The process of creating a table top made of concrete: where to start At this stage it is necessary to accurately understand how a DIY concrete countertop will look like, how it will be mounted, and what size and shape it will have. If the concrete countertop is to be installed in the corner of the room, you need to measure this angle. Not always in our homes the angles are 90 °, this fact must be taken into account at the design stage. The exact drawing of the future table will facilitate the subsequent work and lead to an excellent final result. The creation of such a drawing must be approached in the most careful way. When designing the concrete countertops, consider the dimensions of the tabletop. Its weight in the finished form is quite large, so it is worth to divide the product into several parts. This will facilitate the process of subsequent processing and installation, and also make the table top stronger. She will not put pressure on her own weight. If some communications are expected in the countertop, then the place for them should be scheduled in advance. This is very simple: where there is, for example, a crane, a small piece of plastic pipe of the appropriate diameter is installed and bound with polyethylene. When the concrete solidifies, this piece of pipe can be easily removed. You can also leave cavities for other communications, if necessary. Where there will be a sink, additional skirting will be attached to the base, when pouring concrete there will not get there. Plastic is quite easy to work material, so all these manipulations can be done without difficulty. You can make a countertop with rounded corners. To do this, rings are formed at the corners of the formwork, cut from a plastic pipe of the appropriate diameter, or simply, for example, plastic cups. In the resulting space, fill in the silicone sealant. When it freezes, we remove the shapes from the corners. Like the previous forms, this kind of formwork is lubricated internally with engine oil. Decoration of countertops Decorating the countertops In the process of making a concrete mortar and before pouring it into a mold, you need to determine which aesthetic appearance of your countertop you want to get. If these are decorative elements in the form of coins, shells, pebbles and other small parts, then before pouring the solution into the mold they must be placed on the bottom of the formwork and fixed with transparent glue so that during the pouring process they do not move. If you want to give the countertop a look of marble, do not add anything to the solution. This problem will be solved by the final processing of the product - grinding and polishing. In any construction shop, dyes for concrete are sold. If you want to get a uniform color of the countertop, select the pigment and add it to the dry cement, and to get the granite-specific dilutions, the pigment is diluted first in water and then injected into the concrete solution. If you decide to decorate your table top with tiles - no grinding is necessary, just put any tile chosen by you, let it dry, install profiles on the end of the product, and after 1-3 days the product can be mounted on a frame. Keep in mind that the front surface of the concrete countertops was previously at the bottom of the mold for its casting. Then we take a nozzle with a smaller grain, and continue to gently work the surface. At the end of the work, you will get a smooth, shiny surface. It will be indistinguishable from natural stone. The worktop is ready. Keep in mind that you need a solid frame to install it, which also depends on your imagination. So, the countertop made of concrete by your own hands is an original, inexpensive, stylish product that will decorate your kitchen. Each owner of housing, who created such a masterpiece, is justifiably proud not only of his skill, but also of his imagination.
    93 Posted by Toby Nwazor
  • Lots of people who had a chance to deal with the bathroom renovation were faced to the question if it was possible to build concrete countertops by their own. So, is it really possible? Bathroom is quite an aggressive environment for many building and constructing materials. Durability of renovation in the bathroom is, first and foremost, a budget issue, and aesthetic is the second issue. In these latter days countertops of particleboards has been in high demand, as they are quite inexpensive, eye-catching, very practical and comfortable to be fixed. But their disadvantage is a short service life. There are more expensive and very long-lasting variants – natural, artificial or acryl stone. But not everyone can afford such countertops. But there is a solution of this problem – concrete countertops. Pros of concrete Using concrete countertops mix for building a DIY concrete countertop for your kitchen, solves immediately lots if problems, and one won’t have to worry about durability, price and being unique. When building concrete countertops, it is necessary to follow some simple, but very important technological recommendations. If so, your final product will become durable and long-lasting, because concrete is the material, that is little affected with environmental loads. On top of that, it is quite inexpensive, that allows keeping your family budget safe and sound. With this, concrete countertops almost don’t differ from marble ones in their appearance. Those of you, who strive to have original product in your interior, may build really one-of-a-kind DIY concrete countertop, and there won’t be the same in the entire world. The concrete countertops in the bathroom should have quality features, like high strength, humidity resistance and at the same time have an eye-catching appearance. Under this description, the concrete countertops in the bathroom can be used more accurately, and one may decorate them just as the imagination allows with own hands; such a functional decor can be made quite easily. In this case, the self-made product will not yield to expensive purchase models in anything. Why concrete? The best option for countertops is traditionally considered a concrete countertop mix. But of course, to build such a structure you will need much patience, strength and work. The concrete countertops are close in their characteristics to natural stone, while it is relatively inexpensive. The main and key characteristic of them is they are massive and very durable, though there appeared modern concrete countertops which are quite thin (here we mean glass fiber reinforced countertops). In order to its appearance to be attractive, during the preparation of concrete countertop mix, various additives are included. Such concrete countertops can be decorated with variety of materials: coins, stones, glass, shells, ceramics and even with a special LED strip light. Decoration variants depend on your imagination. It’s obligatory to keep in mind that the on first stage of concrete hardening all elements of decoration will be affected with humidity, that is why all elements, used for decoration, should be humidity resistant. For instance, if these are photos, they are to be sealed in special lamination film. This film is transparent, not visible, but it will protect paper from water. Measuring and preparing a project Before making an accessory, you need to determine its shape and sizes. It is possible that this will not be a simple quadrangle, but rather a complex construction. You should start with the measurements. If there is an old countertop that needs to be replaced, you can measure it. Preparing materials and tools Building DIY concrete countertop is not very difficult, but quite troublesome. The main materials that you will need:         cement of M500 brand and materials and tools         fine clean river sand         fine fraction         water         plasticizer of concrete The amount of material is calculated taking into account the size of the future DIY concrete countertop. Just in case, buy the material a bit more than necessary, to have some extra on the stock. An important element for making high-quality concrete countertops is the formwork. It can be made of different materials. The main requirement is a solid, level ground, exhibited strictly according to the level. This formwork element can be made of:         Plywood (not less than 20mm), coated with polyethylene         Plywood covered with polystyrene sheet, not thicker than 5.5 mm         Mirrors or glass         Sheet plastic Concrete Countertop Solutions states, that all these materials have proved themselves to work well. Therefore, in this case, the choice is entirely yours. Define what you prefer to work with and then choose. Necessary preparation         Wooden beam not less than 50mm of height         self-tapping screws         silicone sealant or transparent adhesive         reinforcing mesh         any oil: machine (can be worked off), sunflower, as an option, linseed oil         dyes or other elements of decor         grinding paste It is also advisable to prepare such tools for work in advance:         spatula, trowel         screwdriver         wood hacksaw         sandpaper         grinder;         polishing nozzles with large and medium grain         building level The process of creating a table top made of concrete: where to start At this stage it is necessary to accurately understand how a DIY concrete countertop will look like, how it will be mounted, and what size and shape it will have. If the concrete countertop is to be installed in the corner of the room, you need to measure this angle. Not always in our homes the angles are 90 °, this fact must be taken into account at the design stage. The exact drawing of the future table will facilitate the subsequent work and lead to an excellent final result. The creation of such a drawing must be approached in the most careful way. When designing the concrete countertops, consider the dimensions of the tabletop. Its weight in the finished form is quite large, so it is worth to divide the product into several parts. This will facilitate the process of subsequent processing and installation, and also make the table top stronger. She will not put pressure on her own weight. If some communications are expected in the countertop, then the place for them should be scheduled in advance. This is very simple: where there is, for example, a crane, a small piece of plastic pipe of the appropriate diameter is installed and bound with polyethylene. When the concrete solidifies, this piece of pipe can be easily removed. You can also leave cavities for other communications, if necessary. Where there will be a sink, additional skirting will be attached to the base, when pouring concrete there will not get there. Plastic is quite easy to work material, so all these manipulations can be done without difficulty. You can make a countertop with rounded corners. To do this, rings are formed at the corners of the formwork, cut from a plastic pipe of the appropriate diameter, or simply, for example, plastic cups. In the resulting space, fill in the silicone sealant. When it freezes, we remove the shapes from the corners. Like the previous forms, this kind of formwork is lubricated internally with engine oil. Decoration of countertops Decorating the countertops In the process of making a concrete mortar and before pouring it into a mold, you need to determine which aesthetic appearance of your countertop you want to get. If these are decorative elements in the form of coins, shells, pebbles and other small parts, then before pouring the solution into the mold they must be placed on the bottom of the formwork and fixed with transparent glue so that during the pouring process they do not move. If you want to give the countertop a look of marble, do not add anything to the solution. This problem will be solved by the final processing of the product - grinding and polishing. In any construction shop, dyes for concrete are sold. If you want to get a uniform color of the countertop, select the pigment and add it to the dry cement, and to get the granite-specific dilutions, the pigment is diluted first in water and then injected into the concrete solution. If you decide to decorate your table top with tiles - no grinding is necessary, just put any tile chosen by you, let it dry, install profiles on the end of the product, and after 1-3 days the product can be mounted on a frame. Keep in mind that the front surface of the concrete countertops was previously at the bottom of the mold for its casting. Then we take a nozzle with a smaller grain, and continue to gently work the surface. At the end of the work, you will get a smooth, shiny surface. It will be indistinguishable from natural stone. The worktop is ready. Keep in mind that you need a solid frame to install it, which also depends on your imagination. So, the countertop made of concrete by your own hands is an original, inexpensive, stylish product that will decorate your kitchen. Each owner of housing, who created such a masterpiece, is justifiably proud not only of his skill, but also of his imagination.
    Jan 29, 2018 93
  • 17 Jan 2018
    Decorating walls with Thibaut fabric plays a significant role in creating the interior. And it does not matter whether you have planned a global repair or simply decided to update the decorative coating, because experimenting with color and texture can add the room a completely new look. Manufacturers offer wallpapers of different styles, color and quality: a catalog of photo-ideas for interior design will allow you make the perfect choice in accordance with your premises. The most in-demand way of decorating walls is applying wallpapers. Modern technologies and materials that are used in production provide constant expanding of the range of products. Not only qualitative composition of the finishing material is updated, but new patterns, drawings and shades appear.   Living Room All the interiors that have good design have more than one thing in common. They harmonize each other, look genteel and work well with every taste and person’s personality. You may have unlimited possibilities and thoughts how to decorate the room where you and your family spend most of your time. But there is an eternal and important question you should start with when thinking about choosing Thibaut fabric: what will I use it for? It could be a space for gathering, or a place for watching TV. Or it even may be a space for dining, when homeowners use a separator for rooms. That is why, before you decide to buy furniture, first think about some functional needs.         Ideas for designing living room with Thibaut fabric – where to find them? If you don’t mind some inspiration for living room design, visit Mahones Wallpaper Shop to see some pictures that will bring you ideas for renovation or designing in different styles, whether it is country, contemporary or minimalist style. Thibaut fabric will also help you make choice as for the right color and shades of wallpapers, furniture and, of course, material that will be necessary to provide living room with a cozier and more comfortable look. Designing the room for family – how to do it? When planning the design of the room with Thibaut fabric, it’s good tit honk over some vital aspects, for instance, available space, necessary colors that will be used, furniture that you like, and accessories that you fancy. When creating style of larger spaces, availability of space is a crucial issue. Environment should be balanced then, with all those carpets and furniture that will make it pleasurable for all people to visit this home. In case the space is a limiting factor, one starts thinking about providing the space illusion. It’s time to choose colors and shades of Thibaut wallpaper, add some textures (for example, tiles or bricks), and attempt to balance room furnishing for creation of a calm, calm and joyous atmosphere. You can add some style with bright colors, pastel tones and cool shades.         What color to choose? A room, in which people feel free to spend their time, where balanced atmosphere is a must – this is all about living room. As for the smaller rooms, it would be better to use pastel tones, or shades of white Thibaut fabric. The choice for bold colors may be incorrect; as such colors make space impression visually reduced. But in large rooms vivid colors and bright patterns are in place.         Flooring for living rooms – what type to use? Lots of variants exist for floors of the room we are speaking about today in this article; thus, you may choose either stone, or wood, or tiles; the floor may be covered with carpet, both partially or fully. With carpet or a rug, a room looks cozier, softer and more comfortable, especially in cold season or in countries with cool climate. To add more comfort, consider some soft furnishing. Wood is also pleasantly looking here and gives the visibleness of elegancy and chick. Wooden floor of top quality can be ideal for a living room, but don’t forget that it needs much maintenance.         Design selection The spirit of the room completely and absolutely depends on the mood of homeowners that they are wishing to create. Homeowners who change houses occasionally are very open for experiments. For such people minimalist style is an ideal option, as it allows make accessories and furniture rearrangement much simpler. Families consisting of several people would prefer spacious family rooms that are well-furnished; for couples and young adults modern living rooms would be preferable.         Tips for decoration The best what we can advise for a living room decoration is finding balance between two types of furniture: modern and flexible. In the living rooms of smaller size one should take the maximum of the available space. To exemplify it, let’s take television installed into the cabinet that is mounted to the wall. Don’t overdo the decoration; watch the amount of seating places for everybody in the room to move easily around. Lots of people prefer to make an emphasis on some key points like a painting, or a mirror. Flowers can five the room an effect of light and organic. Remember about the vital points: harmony and balance, all the time, during the entire process of designing.         Small living rooms – what is the advice? There may appear some challenges when choosing design for smaller living rooms. But if you choose the right idea for design, small space may turn into an awesome living room. For this, consider using light colors to widen space visually, but don’t use bright tones. In smaller spaces try to avoid supersaturation of accessories and decoration. Cut losses, but two paintings or a bunch of flowers will be very welcomed. Furniture – with the correct usage of it and attention to light – makes a living room look welcoming and cozy. The most in-demand ideas for living room decoration         Country style This style means using traditional features (like timber beams, for instance) and carpets. Also, in this style undecorated wooden flooring looks ideally. With such design, it would be nice-looking to see large dining-tables with candles.         Minimalistic style With all the possible architecture techniques of modernism, the main task of minimalism is to take the most out of the given space. To take as much as possible. Smooth lines work well with the open space. Carpets and seating places should be placed in a strategic way in order to make the living room as simple as it is possible. The main task is to create a living room that won’t look cold, but will be harmoniously minimalistic.         Classic style As a rule, living rooms of a classic style are large, spacious with lots of light. For this style abundance of bright colors, seating places and decorations are characteristic. The rule is to avoid balance loss and keep the harmony of arrangement. And – as always – flowers are the decoration and an ideal addition for this style; they make a space look warm and lighter.         Rustic style For this style large living rooms are characteristic; they are spacious and very hospitable. Rustic style is all about big windows, curtains on the windows, fireplace, bricks, wooden flooring and all other attributes, including timber beams. This is the space that is meant for the whole family to spend time together in comfort.         Modern style Such rooms are something between energetic classic and stylish minimalism. it is very applicable, for instance, for a Man’s Cave. These two sub-styles are not chaotic; decorations are thoroughly chosen, accessories are accurately considered, seatings and lighting is harmoniously coinciding with the mentioned before points.  Classic plus modern is no bright colors, pure white as a must, as well as muted tones.
    81 Posted by Toby Nwazor
  • Decorating walls with Thibaut fabric plays a significant role in creating the interior. And it does not matter whether you have planned a global repair or simply decided to update the decorative coating, because experimenting with color and texture can add the room a completely new look. Manufacturers offer wallpapers of different styles, color and quality: a catalog of photo-ideas for interior design will allow you make the perfect choice in accordance with your premises. The most in-demand way of decorating walls is applying wallpapers. Modern technologies and materials that are used in production provide constant expanding of the range of products. Not only qualitative composition of the finishing material is updated, but new patterns, drawings and shades appear.   Living Room All the interiors that have good design have more than one thing in common. They harmonize each other, look genteel and work well with every taste and person’s personality. You may have unlimited possibilities and thoughts how to decorate the room where you and your family spend most of your time. But there is an eternal and important question you should start with when thinking about choosing Thibaut fabric: what will I use it for? It could be a space for gathering, or a place for watching TV. Or it even may be a space for dining, when homeowners use a separator for rooms. That is why, before you decide to buy furniture, first think about some functional needs.         Ideas for designing living room with Thibaut fabric – where to find them? If you don’t mind some inspiration for living room design, visit Mahones Wallpaper Shop to see some pictures that will bring you ideas for renovation or designing in different styles, whether it is country, contemporary or minimalist style. Thibaut fabric will also help you make choice as for the right color and shades of wallpapers, furniture and, of course, material that will be necessary to provide living room with a cozier and more comfortable look. Designing the room for family – how to do it? When planning the design of the room with Thibaut fabric, it’s good tit honk over some vital aspects, for instance, available space, necessary colors that will be used, furniture that you like, and accessories that you fancy. When creating style of larger spaces, availability of space is a crucial issue. Environment should be balanced then, with all those carpets and furniture that will make it pleasurable for all people to visit this home. In case the space is a limiting factor, one starts thinking about providing the space illusion. It’s time to choose colors and shades of Thibaut wallpaper, add some textures (for example, tiles or bricks), and attempt to balance room furnishing for creation of a calm, calm and joyous atmosphere. You can add some style with bright colors, pastel tones and cool shades.         What color to choose? A room, in which people feel free to spend their time, where balanced atmosphere is a must – this is all about living room. As for the smaller rooms, it would be better to use pastel tones, or shades of white Thibaut fabric. The choice for bold colors may be incorrect; as such colors make space impression visually reduced. But in large rooms vivid colors and bright patterns are in place.         Flooring for living rooms – what type to use? Lots of variants exist for floors of the room we are speaking about today in this article; thus, you may choose either stone, or wood, or tiles; the floor may be covered with carpet, both partially or fully. With carpet or a rug, a room looks cozier, softer and more comfortable, especially in cold season or in countries with cool climate. To add more comfort, consider some soft furnishing. Wood is also pleasantly looking here and gives the visibleness of elegancy and chick. Wooden floor of top quality can be ideal for a living room, but don’t forget that it needs much maintenance.         Design selection The spirit of the room completely and absolutely depends on the mood of homeowners that they are wishing to create. Homeowners who change houses occasionally are very open for experiments. For such people minimalist style is an ideal option, as it allows make accessories and furniture rearrangement much simpler. Families consisting of several people would prefer spacious family rooms that are well-furnished; for couples and young adults modern living rooms would be preferable.         Tips for decoration The best what we can advise for a living room decoration is finding balance between two types of furniture: modern and flexible. In the living rooms of smaller size one should take the maximum of the available space. To exemplify it, let’s take television installed into the cabinet that is mounted to the wall. Don’t overdo the decoration; watch the amount of seating places for everybody in the room to move easily around. Lots of people prefer to make an emphasis on some key points like a painting, or a mirror. Flowers can five the room an effect of light and organic. Remember about the vital points: harmony and balance, all the time, during the entire process of designing.         Small living rooms – what is the advice? There may appear some challenges when choosing design for smaller living rooms. But if you choose the right idea for design, small space may turn into an awesome living room. For this, consider using light colors to widen space visually, but don’t use bright tones. In smaller spaces try to avoid supersaturation of accessories and decoration. Cut losses, but two paintings or a bunch of flowers will be very welcomed. Furniture – with the correct usage of it and attention to light – makes a living room look welcoming and cozy. The most in-demand ideas for living room decoration         Country style This style means using traditional features (like timber beams, for instance) and carpets. Also, in this style undecorated wooden flooring looks ideally. With such design, it would be nice-looking to see large dining-tables with candles.         Minimalistic style With all the possible architecture techniques of modernism, the main task of minimalism is to take the most out of the given space. To take as much as possible. Smooth lines work well with the open space. Carpets and seating places should be placed in a strategic way in order to make the living room as simple as it is possible. The main task is to create a living room that won’t look cold, but will be harmoniously minimalistic.         Classic style As a rule, living rooms of a classic style are large, spacious with lots of light. For this style abundance of bright colors, seating places and decorations are characteristic. The rule is to avoid balance loss and keep the harmony of arrangement. And – as always – flowers are the decoration and an ideal addition for this style; they make a space look warm and lighter.         Rustic style For this style large living rooms are characteristic; they are spacious and very hospitable. Rustic style is all about big windows, curtains on the windows, fireplace, bricks, wooden flooring and all other attributes, including timber beams. This is the space that is meant for the whole family to spend time together in comfort.         Modern style Such rooms are something between energetic classic and stylish minimalism. it is very applicable, for instance, for a Man’s Cave. These two sub-styles are not chaotic; decorations are thoroughly chosen, accessories are accurately considered, seatings and lighting is harmoniously coinciding with the mentioned before points.  Classic plus modern is no bright colors, pure white as a must, as well as muted tones.
    Jan 17, 2018 81
  • 19 Dec 2017
    Kitchen concrete countertops are the most functional and operational place in the kitchen and it is necessary to install it very responsibly. The assortment of materials for countertops is very wide, there is a place for any option. No less important criterion is the choice of the color of concrete countertop for kitchen, not without reason subconsciously we often make a choice, reacting to this or that color preference. Choosing color for the countertop The color of the kitchen countertop will depend on the material it was manufactured with. The most expensive and high-quality marble countertops has already got unique natural color in it. Countertops made of artificial stone also delight our eyes with amazing colors, but the number one model that are in high demand are MDF countertops - besides durability they will satisfy aesthetic taste of any buyer with all possible combinations of colors. Of course, the color of countertops should, first of all, be in harmony with the overall color design of the kitchen, especially with the apron and furniture panels. You can play contrasts, the main thing is that it is combined and looks coherent. In a well-designed interior, all the details should ideally fit and complement each other. Of course, there are no strict rules for choosing color of DIY concrete countertops for kitchen, the main thing is to observe the proportion of price / quality according to your affordability, and the color of concrete countertop, like the kitchen itself, is a matter of individual preferences.         White color Due to Concrete Countertop Solutions, probably, the most beloved and popular color, it fits any design and is an excellent solution in every case. Another advantage of white concrete countertops  is their ability to visually transform and widen space, which is very important in small apartment kitchens. Probably, the only drawback of white color is its dirt retention and hence the impracticality, but there is always a solution. Choose a concrete countertop preferably of matte or with impregnations of a different color and forget about painstaking washing of the slightest dirt. An excellent solution will also be the use of not pure white, but the most close shades of beige, cream and pearl.         Black color Stylish, unusual and even a little pretentious look of concrete countertops of dark colors, especially black ones. Elegant appearance will also require particularly careful attitude: scratches and scrapes on black will be noticeable more than on light colors. Well, ordinary water stains on the black surface are one of the most unpleasant events in the kitchen life, any house owner will tell you that. Therefore, when buying dark-colored countertops, be prepared to pay special attention to exploitation and care for it, otherwise the chic look will soon replace untidy semblance of former beauty.           Bright colors If white and black are the classic colors in the design, then the bright rainbow palette is definitely a fashionable trend. And every year a new stylish color is chosen: the season was considered noble - blue combined with frivolous yellow-orange-red hues, as pistachio, olive and salad colors replaced. If your plans do not include updating kitchen in a year, let's dwell on the optimal color, even to the detriment of fashion trends. The first rule when choosing the color of concrete countertops for kitchen is that owners like it. The time will pass and the coloring chosen by inspiration will start to annoy, so discuss possible alternatives on the family meeting, vote and choose the ideal option. Modern technologies will meet you and when decorating two or even three-color kitchens, the main thing is to stop on time and do not turn a cozy room into a circus tent. Concrete countertops also attract attention with a variety of colors of plates. Flight of fantasy can not be interrupted, color decisions depend only on your preferences, and, of course, your possibilities. Some experts on concrete countertops color say that it can influence the psycho-emotional mood of a person:         all shades of blue, turquoise and orange upraise the mood and take away depression;         blue and green colors in all variations will create a cozy and calm atmosphere and will adjust to positive thinking;         purple, violet and pink palette will be good for active people, charging with energy for new achievements;         yellow color is suitable for cheerful people;         light and warm colors are associated with comfort, cleanliness and reliability;         predominance of dark tones will suit decisive people standing firmly on their feet;         warm tones increase appetite, and the cold will help to withstand the diet.         if you are a supporter of maximum closeness to nature, a great option will be DIY concrete countertops of traditional colors.         Woodgrain color Excellent look with the corresponding panels of cabinets, a bright apron, but you can live without it. The classic design of kitchen will unrivaledly beat the wooden look of concrete countertop, and modern quality decoration will create a complete illusion of the wooden panel. It is especially popular among buyers and people who prefer the maximum naturalness in the design of homes. By the way, countertop made of hardwood should be treated with a special varnish, and its glued "relatives", but this is already a high-level price category. A good option, which is always in the trend.         Stone color Elegant choice - a real marble top or artificial stone, that's exactly fit to any kitchen and will always remain fashionable. The advantages of this stone countertop are clear to everyone - durability and reliability - will satisfy any skeptic, but the drawbacks are also very significant:         possibility of chipping when a heavy object falls or mismanaged;         heavy weight, and therefore the base under it requires a massive and solid, as well as additional assistance when installing;         high cost, among all the flaws, this is perhaps the most serious issue, so not everyone can afford this option. Color of stone countertop looks beautiful, the options are massive and almost all universally fit to any interior. The output can be a selection of plastic or fibreboard with the appropriate "tuning" for the stone. So, you still can not decide on the color of the countertop? Consider using classic tones: white, gray and black, depending on the overall kitchen composition. Listen to your own feelings when viewing certain combinations, also do not forget to consult with close people, the kitchen is a sacred place, and the same  sacred and personal attitude towards each of them.
    1867 Posted by Toby Nwazor
  • Kitchen concrete countertops are the most functional and operational place in the kitchen and it is necessary to install it very responsibly. The assortment of materials for countertops is very wide, there is a place for any option. No less important criterion is the choice of the color of concrete countertop for kitchen, not without reason subconsciously we often make a choice, reacting to this or that color preference. Choosing color for the countertop The color of the kitchen countertop will depend on the material it was manufactured with. The most expensive and high-quality marble countertops has already got unique natural color in it. Countertops made of artificial stone also delight our eyes with amazing colors, but the number one model that are in high demand are MDF countertops - besides durability they will satisfy aesthetic taste of any buyer with all possible combinations of colors. Of course, the color of countertops should, first of all, be in harmony with the overall color design of the kitchen, especially with the apron and furniture panels. You can play contrasts, the main thing is that it is combined and looks coherent. In a well-designed interior, all the details should ideally fit and complement each other. Of course, there are no strict rules for choosing color of DIY concrete countertops for kitchen, the main thing is to observe the proportion of price / quality according to your affordability, and the color of concrete countertop, like the kitchen itself, is a matter of individual preferences.         White color Due to Concrete Countertop Solutions, probably, the most beloved and popular color, it fits any design and is an excellent solution in every case. Another advantage of white concrete countertops  is their ability to visually transform and widen space, which is very important in small apartment kitchens. Probably, the only drawback of white color is its dirt retention and hence the impracticality, but there is always a solution. Choose a concrete countertop preferably of matte or with impregnations of a different color and forget about painstaking washing of the slightest dirt. An excellent solution will also be the use of not pure white, but the most close shades of beige, cream and pearl.         Black color Stylish, unusual and even a little pretentious look of concrete countertops of dark colors, especially black ones. Elegant appearance will also require particularly careful attitude: scratches and scrapes on black will be noticeable more than on light colors. Well, ordinary water stains on the black surface are one of the most unpleasant events in the kitchen life, any house owner will tell you that. Therefore, when buying dark-colored countertops, be prepared to pay special attention to exploitation and care for it, otherwise the chic look will soon replace untidy semblance of former beauty.           Bright colors If white and black are the classic colors in the design, then the bright rainbow palette is definitely a fashionable trend. And every year a new stylish color is chosen: the season was considered noble - blue combined with frivolous yellow-orange-red hues, as pistachio, olive and salad colors replaced. If your plans do not include updating kitchen in a year, let's dwell on the optimal color, even to the detriment of fashion trends. The first rule when choosing the color of concrete countertops for kitchen is that owners like it. The time will pass and the coloring chosen by inspiration will start to annoy, so discuss possible alternatives on the family meeting, vote and choose the ideal option. Modern technologies will meet you and when decorating two or even three-color kitchens, the main thing is to stop on time and do not turn a cozy room into a circus tent. Concrete countertops also attract attention with a variety of colors of plates. Flight of fantasy can not be interrupted, color decisions depend only on your preferences, and, of course, your possibilities. Some experts on concrete countertops color say that it can influence the psycho-emotional mood of a person:         all shades of blue, turquoise and orange upraise the mood and take away depression;         blue and green colors in all variations will create a cozy and calm atmosphere and will adjust to positive thinking;         purple, violet and pink palette will be good for active people, charging with energy for new achievements;         yellow color is suitable for cheerful people;         light and warm colors are associated with comfort, cleanliness and reliability;         predominance of dark tones will suit decisive people standing firmly on their feet;         warm tones increase appetite, and the cold will help to withstand the diet.         if you are a supporter of maximum closeness to nature, a great option will be DIY concrete countertops of traditional colors.         Woodgrain color Excellent look with the corresponding panels of cabinets, a bright apron, but you can live without it. The classic design of kitchen will unrivaledly beat the wooden look of concrete countertop, and modern quality decoration will create a complete illusion of the wooden panel. It is especially popular among buyers and people who prefer the maximum naturalness in the design of homes. By the way, countertop made of hardwood should be treated with a special varnish, and its glued "relatives", but this is already a high-level price category. A good option, which is always in the trend.         Stone color Elegant choice - a real marble top or artificial stone, that's exactly fit to any kitchen and will always remain fashionable. The advantages of this stone countertop are clear to everyone - durability and reliability - will satisfy any skeptic, but the drawbacks are also very significant:         possibility of chipping when a heavy object falls or mismanaged;         heavy weight, and therefore the base under it requires a massive and solid, as well as additional assistance when installing;         high cost, among all the flaws, this is perhaps the most serious issue, so not everyone can afford this option. Color of stone countertop looks beautiful, the options are massive and almost all universally fit to any interior. The output can be a selection of plastic or fibreboard with the appropriate "tuning" for the stone. So, you still can not decide on the color of the countertop? Consider using classic tones: white, gray and black, depending on the overall kitchen composition. Listen to your own feelings when viewing certain combinations, also do not forget to consult with close people, the kitchen is a sacred place, and the same  sacred and personal attitude towards each of them.
    Dec 19, 2017 1867
  • 10 Nov 2017
    Frankly speaking, it’s quite a tough experience to survive any remodeling, especially if we mean a kitchen remodeling. Once I imagine all that displacement, dust and dirt, I feel frightened and start waiting for the remodeling finish though it hasn’t started yet. The fact that there is a strong lack of knowledge about the process (like making concrete countertops, installing floors and etc.), and too much fiction about it makes the picture even worse.   So, here with this article we’d like to figure out the largest myths about remodeling of the kitchen space in order to give everybody the idea of what should be expected during remodeling period.   ·         It is extremely expensive!   How much does it cost to make a kitchen renovation? Some magazines point out a total of about $54 thousand dollars. Anyway, even if remodeling costs quite a lot, many upgrades can be done by yourself and without “robbing” your bank account.   For example, deciding to replace granite countertops with DIY concrete countertops and installing a backsplash of mosaic will cost less than $5 000 dollars. This is an efficient and sustainable way to better the aesthetics of the kitchen interior and the home value will be greatly increased.   ·         No wood floors in the kitchen room, no way!   Well, as a matter of fact, this choice should not be the first one of yours. But floors made of hardwood are good enough for surviving in the kitchen. The most important factor is to stay alert with the maintenance, meaning wiping up spills at once in order to prevent permanent damage to the wood floors.   ·         Concrete countertops are much better than granite or quartz ones   It’s up to you to make your choice, but consider carefully all the pros and cons of concrete countertops and granite ones (for more information go to ConcreteCountertopSolutions). Include price issue into your consideration. And make it clear which countertop you will appreciate in your kitchen more. Be sure, that remodel plan is quite possible with the only requirement – it’s a must to have constant communication with your contractor.   ·         Any investment return?   Surely, we can proceed, but we will keep costs down: the ROI of the kitchen is considered to be the highest if we speak about renovating a single-room flat. It is a bit more than 79%. Don’t you agree that having only a bathroom or a kitchen in a perfect condition can significantly better your chances to sell a flat? As a result, the highest ROI for the most up-to-date kitchen room!   ·         Cabinets’ replacement necessary?   Don’t rush to the shops for buying new cabinets – to be honest, it’s not practical in the most cases. There are more options for the old ones, which can be much cheaper for your budget: repainting or swapping out the door. And, by the way, there is even one more advantage to this: there is a wide choice of backsplashes and concrete countertops to find the match to your old cabinet.   ·         Plumbing! I can’t move it!   Moving plumbing is an expensive enough process for everybody to try to avoid it. But, anyway, it is really possible. If there is a necessity to move it in order to get more functional space in the kitchen, just go for it! It’s for sure is going within your renovation budget. ·         It’s a hard work to clean undermount sinks   There is a mistaken point of view among homeowners that a gap that is located between the sink and the concrete countertops collect a great deal of dirt. But how about silicon sealing? It is firmly sealed and requires no additional maintenance.   ·         Appliances to be replaced   Well, in case you want to buy some new cabinets of various size, then you may keep your current appliances. Remodeling doesn’t obligatory mean buying all new stuff for the kitchen. Especially if your current appliances have been recently bought.   ·         I can’t afford everything!   Be sure – you can. Unless you are expecting have an extra quality interior within the limits of your target budget. Renovation brings the best feeling of satisfaction in case you’ve got a clear plan, design and stylish options that you can afford. The entire design can be pieced together and at the same time doesn’t bring you out of budget limits.   ·         A sink space doesn’t “accept” my favourite farmhouse sink   You adore the country style, and you want to have this country touch in your kitchen. But at the same time you hate dirt on the cabinets and often swapping it out. Well, there is a solution: just ask your contractor to remove the apron from the sink cabinet.   ·         It’s necessary to add something to have more space   This is an ambition that everybody strives for, but this isn’t always true. Sometimes removing walls or other decisive actions, like rearranging layout, won’t open more space, but will add more costs to your budget. Consider this and think it carefully over.   ·         One color for all the cabinets as mandatory   If you are not sure what color to choose, choose both. This is the hottest trend in modern kitchen renovation: to mix and match stains on the cabinets. Also, add neutral and some bold color to the main cabinetry to the interior.   ·         I should fully respect my designer’s feedback and heed his words   Of course, professional advice should be taken into account, but it doesn’t mean that each of advice must be strictly followed. You are the person who spends money for the remodeling, and you are the one who will be living with this interior design. That’s why you can do what you like.   ·         Concrete countertops are too heavy for the cabinet in my kitchen   Cabinets are strong enough to support concrete countertops weight, and no matter how old they are, what concrete countertops size is or if they were laminated. Thanks to their good construction, all kitchen cabinets are sturdy enough to be covered with concrete countertop mix that will become a working surface later.   ·         Islands are meant for preparation of food only   It’s not so. Islands become work stations meant for multiple purposes. They may serve as merging storage, a place for preparing food and turn zones into an efficient space. It can also provide your guest with bar space.   ·         My layout should be the same all the time   Lots of homeowners even don’t think about the possibility of changing some points of the layout. But it can really a difference for the interior, and no matter how big or small this change is. Different options are possible, from moving a fridge up to breaking the wall. It may become a challenge for you only in budget issue, but as for possibility to do that – you are always welcome.
    541 Posted by Toby Nwazor
  • Frankly speaking, it’s quite a tough experience to survive any remodeling, especially if we mean a kitchen remodeling. Once I imagine all that displacement, dust and dirt, I feel frightened and start waiting for the remodeling finish though it hasn’t started yet. The fact that there is a strong lack of knowledge about the process (like making concrete countertops, installing floors and etc.), and too much fiction about it makes the picture even worse.   So, here with this article we’d like to figure out the largest myths about remodeling of the kitchen space in order to give everybody the idea of what should be expected during remodeling period.   ·         It is extremely expensive!   How much does it cost to make a kitchen renovation? Some magazines point out a total of about $54 thousand dollars. Anyway, even if remodeling costs quite a lot, many upgrades can be done by yourself and without “robbing” your bank account.   For example, deciding to replace granite countertops with DIY concrete countertops and installing a backsplash of mosaic will cost less than $5 000 dollars. This is an efficient and sustainable way to better the aesthetics of the kitchen interior and the home value will be greatly increased.   ·         No wood floors in the kitchen room, no way!   Well, as a matter of fact, this choice should not be the first one of yours. But floors made of hardwood are good enough for surviving in the kitchen. The most important factor is to stay alert with the maintenance, meaning wiping up spills at once in order to prevent permanent damage to the wood floors.   ·         Concrete countertops are much better than granite or quartz ones   It’s up to you to make your choice, but consider carefully all the pros and cons of concrete countertops and granite ones (for more information go to ConcreteCountertopSolutions). Include price issue into your consideration. And make it clear which countertop you will appreciate in your kitchen more. Be sure, that remodel plan is quite possible with the only requirement – it’s a must to have constant communication with your contractor.   ·         Any investment return?   Surely, we can proceed, but we will keep costs down: the ROI of the kitchen is considered to be the highest if we speak about renovating a single-room flat. It is a bit more than 79%. Don’t you agree that having only a bathroom or a kitchen in a perfect condition can significantly better your chances to sell a flat? As a result, the highest ROI for the most up-to-date kitchen room!   ·         Cabinets’ replacement necessary?   Don’t rush to the shops for buying new cabinets – to be honest, it’s not practical in the most cases. There are more options for the old ones, which can be much cheaper for your budget: repainting or swapping out the door. And, by the way, there is even one more advantage to this: there is a wide choice of backsplashes and concrete countertops to find the match to your old cabinet.   ·         Plumbing! I can’t move it!   Moving plumbing is an expensive enough process for everybody to try to avoid it. But, anyway, it is really possible. If there is a necessity to move it in order to get more functional space in the kitchen, just go for it! It’s for sure is going within your renovation budget. ·         It’s a hard work to clean undermount sinks   There is a mistaken point of view among homeowners that a gap that is located between the sink and the concrete countertops collect a great deal of dirt. But how about silicon sealing? It is firmly sealed and requires no additional maintenance.   ·         Appliances to be replaced   Well, in case you want to buy some new cabinets of various size, then you may keep your current appliances. Remodeling doesn’t obligatory mean buying all new stuff for the kitchen. Especially if your current appliances have been recently bought.   ·         I can’t afford everything!   Be sure – you can. Unless you are expecting have an extra quality interior within the limits of your target budget. Renovation brings the best feeling of satisfaction in case you’ve got a clear plan, design and stylish options that you can afford. The entire design can be pieced together and at the same time doesn’t bring you out of budget limits.   ·         A sink space doesn’t “accept” my favourite farmhouse sink   You adore the country style, and you want to have this country touch in your kitchen. But at the same time you hate dirt on the cabinets and often swapping it out. Well, there is a solution: just ask your contractor to remove the apron from the sink cabinet.   ·         It’s necessary to add something to have more space   This is an ambition that everybody strives for, but this isn’t always true. Sometimes removing walls or other decisive actions, like rearranging layout, won’t open more space, but will add more costs to your budget. Consider this and think it carefully over.   ·         One color for all the cabinets as mandatory   If you are not sure what color to choose, choose both. This is the hottest trend in modern kitchen renovation: to mix and match stains on the cabinets. Also, add neutral and some bold color to the main cabinetry to the interior.   ·         I should fully respect my designer’s feedback and heed his words   Of course, professional advice should be taken into account, but it doesn’t mean that each of advice must be strictly followed. You are the person who spends money for the remodeling, and you are the one who will be living with this interior design. That’s why you can do what you like.   ·         Concrete countertops are too heavy for the cabinet in my kitchen   Cabinets are strong enough to support concrete countertops weight, and no matter how old they are, what concrete countertops size is or if they were laminated. Thanks to their good construction, all kitchen cabinets are sturdy enough to be covered with concrete countertop mix that will become a working surface later.   ·         Islands are meant for preparation of food only   It’s not so. Islands become work stations meant for multiple purposes. They may serve as merging storage, a place for preparing food and turn zones into an efficient space. It can also provide your guest with bar space.   ·         My layout should be the same all the time   Lots of homeowners even don’t think about the possibility of changing some points of the layout. But it can really a difference for the interior, and no matter how big or small this change is. Different options are possible, from moving a fridge up to breaking the wall. It may become a challenge for you only in budget issue, but as for possibility to do that – you are always welcome.
    Nov 10, 2017 541