The counters are done! #concrete #renovations

Wallace, our awesome contractor stopped by today to check in as we prepare to tile. Today we finished installing the oak trim that runs behind the countertops, between the concrete and the wall. We needed to add elevation because we raised the surface of the countertops a 1/4″ so the front edge of the concrete would fit nice and snug to the oak form. Our decision paid off and we are very happy with the slight slope from the flat surface of the counter to the edge. However, it meant another round of measuring and decision-making, to figure out how to get the oak trim between the concrete and the wall, the shape of the trim, how we would pin it, and how we would finish it.

Today we actually pinned the trim in, and plugged the screw holes with dowel. I have a little more Pentraguard to complete the job, but that is easy, compared to what we have been doing.

When we wrapped up work this afternoon we had laid out the main lines for the tile install. With luck, we will be mixing mortar tomorrow and putting up the bathroom tile.

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The kitchen sink counter is finally ready. We still need to get the range in place before we can finally figure out how to tile and finish the backsplash. It turns out the post is 1/4″ out. We are not sure how we are going to deal with it yet.

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But the sink slid into place exactly as planned. We are very happy with the way the sink knockout worked.

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The kitchen island now awaits cladding and drawers. Unbelievably smooth surface. I am very happy with this countertop!

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The bathroom counter is ready for its backsplash.

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