Countertop. Tuesday , January 31st , 2017 - 03:46:34 AM
As I have learned from my own black granite experience the best kitchen countertop ideas are not necessarily the most expensive. Natural stones that weigh so much and cost so much to acquire, deliver and install may look amazing at first sight but can be very bad ideas when you have to live with them. The best kitchen countertop idea is to think in depth about your requirements and then make no compromise in meeting them.
There are a variety of techniques used to achieve a certain color in a concrete countertop. One of the most basic methods is adding a pigment into the concrete mix before the countertop is poured. These colors are often called integral colors or integrated colors. Integral colors add color throughout the countertop, making the center of the countertop the same color as the surface. This is especially important if any grinding or polishing is to occur after the pour. Post-pour colors will grind off, exposing the original color of the concrete. Some post-pour concrete coloring techniques include stained concrete countertops, tinted concrete countertops, and dyed concrete countertops. Each coloring method will result in a uniquely different result. Generally, the same rules apply for concrete countertop pre- and post-pour coloring techniques as they do for regular concrete slabs. Make sure to check rules and tips for each of these techniques before attempting. For example, you will likely want to wait until the concrete countertop is completely cured before applying any stain, which may take up to 60 days for interior applications.
Semi-precious stone countertops are another form of exotic countertops. Being made of semi-precious stones, these countertops can cost quite a bit but the exotic look that is offered by this type of countertop makes it all worthwhile. Semi-precious countertops are made by individually cutting many semi-precious stones and then binding them together to form a continuous solid surface. The colors and finishing effect depend heavily on the types semi-precious stones used. To add to the majestic look of the semi-precious countertop, you can opt to add under surface lighting to really bring out the beauty of the stones.
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