DIY Pour In Place Concrete Countertops – Part 2

DIY pour in place concrete counteretops using white concrete mix and an ogee edge

Disclosure: Concrete Countertop Solutions provided me with the materials to make my own concrete countertops using their products free of charge, but they are not paying me to write this or any other post about their products. After researching the process and the products available for about two years, I concluded on my own that Concrete Countertop Solutions had the best products for … [Continue reading...]

It’s Concrete Countertop Weekend!

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Okay, in all honesty, if you were standing in my kitchen or breakfast room right this minute, at 8:27 on Friday morning, you'd probably look around and tell me, "Kristi, there's absolutely no way that you can be ready to pour these countertops tomorrow!" I have just a tiny twinge of doubt in the back of my mind as well, but I'm determined to do everything in my power to make it happen, even if … [Continue reading...]

DIY Pour In Place Concrete Countertops – Part 1

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Disclosure:  Concrete Countertop Solutions provided me with the materials to make my own concrete countertops using their products free of charge, but they are not paying me to write this or any other post about their products.  After researching the process and the products available for about two years, I concluded on my own that Concrete Countertop Solutions had the best products for … [Continue reading...]

A Primer On Concrete Countertops — Precast vs. Pour In Place

pour in place concrete countertop

I finally started prepping for my concrete contertops yesterday!!  I didn't get very far at all, but it felt great to at least get something done.  In fact, this is the sum total of my countertop progress yesterday. Since I haven't gotten far enough to do an official "Part 1" post, I thought I'd start with a little primer on concrete countertops and answer some of the most-asked questions … [Continue reading...]

Peninsula Cabinet Installation — Almost Finished!

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Y'all, I am so close to being ready to move on to the next step of this kitchen remodel that I can taste it.  And it tastes like concrete.  Concrete countertops, that is.  :-D After eight days of not working on my kitchen, it felt good to get back in there yesterday and get some stuff done.  I got all of the cabinets on the sink wall installed, and got all but two of the cabinets installed on … [Continue reading...]

Perhaps Laughter Brings Clarity

kitchen with white herringbone subway tile backsplash from This Old House

Remember when I said on Friday that last week was just awful?  Well unfortunately, that horrible week continued right on through the weekend.  No need for details here.  There's nothing unique about my life, and we all have those days where nothing seems to go right.  I just happened to have seven of those days in a row last week.  I'm sure lots of you have had weeks like that, so I'll bet you can … [Continue reading...]

Slow, Frustrating Week

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This week has been exhausting.  First with our photo-bombing cat getting sick and having to be admitted to the kitty hospital, and then with Matt having a really rough week with exhaustion and weakness (which in turn, takes a big toll on me), I've gotten virtually nothing done in the kitchen this week.  I was sure that I'd be ready to start pouring the concrete countertops this weekend, and that I … [Continue reading...]

Moving On To New Backsplash Ideas For My Kitchen

herringbone chest from The Pursuit Of Handyness

Fair warning...this post is going to be a bit rambling.  My thoughts and ideas are pretty scattered, but hopefully I can get them all narrowed down to one great idea for my kitchen. I've just about given up on the idea of a back painted glass backsplash for my kitchen. I still love the idea, and if I were satisfied with a solid color backsplash, I'd press on with the idea.  But once you … [Continue reading...]

Why I DIY (And Love Every Minute Of It)

The last two days have been a bit stressful around the Linauer household.  Our 12-year-old flame point Siamese cat Powder (the white-ish cat who always photo bombs my pictures) became very sick on Monday evening.  After an emergency after-hours call to the vet to describe symptoms, she said to keep her comfortable during the night (a long, sleepless night) and bring her in first thing in the … [Continue reading...]

Refrigerator/Range Wall Build Complete (Plus Details On My Recessed Refrigerator Enclosure)

fridge range wall - build finished

*My stove is sitting on a furniture dolly.  That's why it's so high.  I'll keep it on there until I'm ready to put it into place permanently after the countertops and painting are finished.  (Just thought I'd get that out of the way right off the bat this morning.)  :-D Anyway, I only got the refrigerator/range wall finished this weekend.  My work progress came to a screeching halt when I got … [Continue reading...]