Concrete counters, with the look of wood, offer a unique alternative to traditional wood surfaces in the kitchen.
These amazing wood-look counters are not actually wood. They are concrete counters, made from a composite by a New Jersey fabricator. Custom iron dovetails, embedded in the concrete, enhance their realistic look. The counters have all the details of real wood without wood upkeep. Concrete is not the usual counter choice in a kitchen with a country look. Here, the counters blend perfectly well with a copper sink and oil-rubbed bronze kitchen faucets. The mellow cherry look of the counters matches the yellow cabinets well. Dovetails are unique a unique detail that draws on the high end look of handmade Asian furniture by the mid-20th century great George Nakashima.
Concrete is not without its own set of considerations. Made of cast cement, sand, stone, fibers and water, it is a porous surface that can be stained and patinated but requires sealing. It is sustainable — one nice benefit. Deep scratches can be repaired but some care does need to be taken with concrete as, like any durable stone, it can chip if struck with a very heavy object. But the counters have all the details of real wood without the upkeep. We used antique pine on our island top and, although there haven’t been any issues, it is babied when splashed. But with concrete counters just think — no worrying about water spots or knife and burn marks.
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