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Concrete Sink Project Part Two

Well if you read the first part of the series on the concrete sink project you know know that I had just poured a slab base for my cabinet to put a concrete sink in.

This is my first attempt at making a concrete sink and I am blogging about it in parts.

In this post I wanted to post several pictures of the cabinet as it is now completed. Also the sink will take the shape of a guitar. I worked on the guitar mold for quite some time now and tonight I completed it.

The cabinet was a simple build with 2×4’s and later I put older would on the facing of it so that it looked rustic.

The guitar mold was fashioned out of the pink 2 inch thick foam from Home Depot. I used 3 layers of it glued together. I then sanded it slightly and coated it with plaster in 2 coats then sanded it down to a fine finish and coated with a two part epoxy. The epoxy should allow me to reuse the mold on future guitar sinks later on.

Quick little funny, tonight as I was looking at the mold and marveling at the glossiness of it and daydreaming about how the sink would look, I noticed that the 2×4 boards I was using to keep it off the work bench was now glued to my mold. WHAT WAS I THINKING !!!!!???!!!

I quickly reacted and tried hard to get the boards a loose from the mold trying desperately not to destroy my hard work.

I succeeded with minimal damage and learned a valuable lesson. I think I can fix the rough edge I made. Everything should be ok.

Here are some pics of the cabinet base.

 

Here is a small video of the concrete sink mold getting fabricated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm0JpAAbeAA

Stay tuned for the next installment Concrete Sink Project Part Three

Concrete Sink Project Part One

After casting and completing my kitchen counter tops in concrete. I decided that I wanted to try a concrete sink in the shape of a guitar for the backyard. I’ve often needed a place to wash my hands after doing work stuff, and hate to go in the house with dirty hands putting grime and mess on the knobs and stuff.

Having a sink in the back yard would be great and would bring a little of the inside out. It would also allow me to try my skills at sink making, something I have been wanting to do for a while now.

This video covers me and my brother in law making a slab to put the cabinet on and then the cabinet gets made that will support the sink. This is part one of the video, part two will follow in a later post as the construction continues.

This is not a how to video with steps, this is just a video with a lot of time-lapse pictures  showing the progression of the project.

The cabinet will later be faced out with old rustic wood taken from old homes. I know a place that salvages wood from older homes to make flooring with and I can go and get scraps. This will work really well on the cabinets.

Custom Concrete Countertops

For years now wifey has wanted a new kitchen, so she and I have been thinking and saving for this project for over 2 years. She saved a lot more money than me on this one 🙂

We did all new floors, cabinets, counter tops, and appliances. A complete redo!

I have a history of doing ceramic tile flooring so I took it upon myself to do the flooring for this remodel.
As you can see in the pics / gallery below, they turned out well.

Now the cabinets were done by a local cabinet shop Wilbourn Cabinets of Grenada, MS. They do fantastic custom cabinet work.
The tile back splash wall behind the stove was another task I completed.
The counter tops…yes the counter tops….This may surprise you but I made them and I made them out of concrete.

I know what you are thinking…. “a concrete counter top?” ….. How Ugly?

No not at all. Concrete is not just for sidewalks anymore., no it is fast becoming the new popular item in most kitchens these days. It is quickly replacing granite. Yes it really is. See granite is what everyone “thinks” they should put in there kitchen. Everyone is doing it so why not me right? Well I don’t always want to do what everyone else is doing. I want my kitchen to be unique and custom and with engineered stone or concrete you can do just that. You do not have to be limited to the puke colors that granite offers. We thought about granite and other leading products but we never could find one that wasn’t too busy and that we liked. One actually looked like vomit. I knew that with concrete the shapes, the color, the texture, all could be up to me and I could get what I wanted from it.

Whether it be color, shape, feel or whatever you like, concrete can give you what you want. No Limits!

This is a great video I found on YouTube that explains some things.

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Its been a while

It’s been many months since I last wrote on my blog – I apologize for that. Its been a very busy few months, but perhaps I can settle into a routine and write a little more often soon. I have been really busy doing projects. You know I love me some projects. Projects!!!

I love summer and getting outside and doing things. In fact this year I even quit the gym as it was cutting into my outdoor time. I would be in the gym daydreaming about what all I could be doing. I used to put the gym very high on my priority list, but not anymore. I guess getting older just changes your perspective on things.

This summer me and wifey embarked on a complete kitchen remodel and I had the chance to do several things I have been wanting to do for a long time. One was under cabinet lighting, the second was concrete counter tops. I know what you are thinking ….. “concrete?” yes concrete and it really is nice and its not like what you are thinking. You are probably thinking quickrete and rough sidewalk look, but no its not like that at all. You will see in upcoming posts on this website.

Another thing I finally got around to doing was my wine bottle tiki torches around the yard. I even made one for outdoor tables out of empty Patron bottles.

Did a little more landscaping in the yard.

Next thing I did was make a mason jar chandelier for our carport. Its really snazzy.

This is only the middle of the summer and I still have several projects left to complete.
1. Build a sitting bench around a large tree in my front yard.
2. Remake a walking path in the backyard with large fake stepping stones.
3. Pour a slab in an area where our backyard hydrant is.
4. Built a cabinet and concrete sink on this slab.
5. Build a guitar shaped concrete sink.
6. Build a concrete water feature for the backyard.
7. Build a concrete coffee table with ice and fire capabilities. (this will be fun)

That should be enough.

I promise I will start blogging on here more even if its just random mess!

Stay tuned…