How to Make a Cast in Place Countertop

Date: February 2, 2012 |admin | Ecommerce

In this video Buddy shows how to create a cast-in-place concrete countertop with a hard troweled finish. This video takes you from A to Z. All of the products used, including the edge forms are available through Buddy Rhodes retail locations and online store ( Make sure you watch the end of the video – Buddy gets funky and funny. For more info on the counterforms watch:



Date: December 14, 2011 |

forget the ikea counters Buddy Rhodes is hooking it up! funny ending!


Date: December 18, 2011 |

I noticed that the hardibacker was not screwed down and there was a lot of movement when placing the concrete. Doesn’t this increase the chances of cracking?


Date: December 20, 2011 |

Your right! I should have put some screws in the center and not just the screws used to secure the “Z” edge forms around the outside edge. I also should have mentioned to tape any seams of the hardibacker so it doesn’t telegraph through the fresh concrete.


Date: December 27, 2011 |

One of the best video’s on the topic I’ve seen.
I have a question. When U R troweling the surface with the wood or resin trowel U work in some a little more concrete 2 ensure it is level & solid. When U add this additional concrete could U use a different color (or shading of the same) 2 add more color variation 2 the surface? I assume U could also use the same second color/shade when U fill in the voids on the edges of the top. Is this reasonable, or in practice it might not work every well?


Date: December 27, 2011 |

GR8 idea! Watch out for over troweling because it will get very cloudy the more you work the surface. There is so much you can do to the concrete like scratching and digging at the surface to create voids. Let it set and fill the holes with a colored concrete paste and polish out.


Date: December 28, 2011 |

Final thought. I wonder if it would be possible to embed flat stones or objects into the concrete surface during the wood troweling step. A final polishing step might ensure that everything would wind up smooth and level. Have you tried anything like that with a cast-in-place process? What do you think?

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