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DIY Concrete Counters — Renovating My Kitchen Part 6

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DIY Concrete Counters — Renovating My Kitchen Part 6

This DIY concrete counters project was a lot more complicated than we expected. We push through some speed bumps and end up with a beautiful-looking concrete counter!

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May 18, 2021

This episode is a little bit of an old-school style as we just take you through the whole process of our DIY counters! It really wouldn’t be a John Malecki kitchen renovation without a few wrong turns, so don’t worry, we didn’t leave those out for you. If you take one tip out of this entire video, it should be that if you ever put blind trust in Jordan, be ready to pay with your wallet and your time. Watch the full DIY concrete counters video and check out how we somehow turned this one out on (counter)top and show you a few tips along the way. 

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Welcome to the Concrete Jungle, a.k.a. My Kitchen 

John Malecki walks you through his DIY concrete countertop build.

John Malecki

To get started on our countertops, we had to reinforce some of the cabinets before pouring concrete onto them. Thank Jesus, our sink came with a template for us to center the sink to the cabinet. Most days, I don’t know what I’m doing, so shout out to Krous for including templates when you buy one of their sinks. 

We are using HardieBacker as our base for these concrete countertops, which means the HardieBackers live permanently in the counters. These HardieBackers are sometimes challenging to cut accurately, so you’ll sometimes get gaps in between your cuts — which is nothing a little duct tape can’t fix. Tape up those gaps with duct tape so your concrete does not seep into your cabinets while the concrete is still wet. See, us idiots can teach you a thing or two! We also install an EPIC sink that you’ll just have to watch the full video to see

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!