My name is Jenise and I’m a concrete-a-holic. If you’ve been following along, then you may have figured that out already. While my concrete designs thus far have been pretty basic, which has been great because I love the industrial look of raw concrete, I have been wanting to create more sophisticated designs.

I love the look of polished concrete, not to mention the amazing colors and designs that can be achieved. When I think of all the creative concrete possibilities, my mouth waters. The only problem has been that I’ve lacked the necessary knowledge to create all the wonderful designs floating around in my head. So I’ve decided to further indulge my addiction and sign up for The Ashby Systems Countertop Solutions Training Course.

Sure, I could have found a book on the topic, but I’m much more of a hands on person who enjoys learning by doing. So the opportunity to be totally immersed in a 3-day course was something I could hardly pass up.

[December 15, 2014 Update: I’ve completed this AWESOME class! And I’ve put all the info on how you can make your own gorgeous concrete countertops in a new tutorial! Check out the tutorial HERE. It’s got all the juicy step by step details from this amazing class, along with tons of pictures to take you through each step of the process. But keep scrolling below to check out more pictures and more concrete tutorials!] 

During the 3-day class, participants will be actually making a small kitchen. How cool is that?!!

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Some of the things I’ll be learning while making my kitchen include how to create decorative edges.

learn to diy concrete counters

How to do marbling.

learn to diy concrete counters

Make integral sinks.

learn to diy concrete counters and sinks

Creating fireplace forms.

learn to diy concrete fireplace

And more!

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learn to diy concrete counters

Classes are small — no more than 15 participants and are taught once a month. I’ll be attending the December 2-4 class in Vegas. Then watch out cause I’ll be DIYing all kinds of cool concrete creations and sharing them with you right here.

I also plan to share lots of pics from the course as our kitchen comes to life. (Yes, I will be breaking the old adage, “what happens in Vegas….”)

Did I say I was so excited?!!

If you’d like to join me in the December class to learn how to make concrete counters like the pros, you can learn more about it right here.

All of the images above are Countertop Solutions creations and examples of the kind of concrete skills that I will be learning during this hands-on course. Yay!

And if you can’t wait until my December class, check out some of the fun concrete DIYs that I’ve already done….





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    • Oh my goodness, Robin, they are so BEAUTIFUL! Plus, they’re considerably less than granite and you can create any color combination you want. Or, simply keep the original gray for a fun industrial look. I can’t wait to jump into this course and start sharing my new concrete creations!

    • I bet you could, Taylor. What I’ve found in my DIY-ing is that a lot of things look complex, but when you break down the steps, it’s usually pretty easy.

    • I hope you do Michelle! And if you do it in December, I’ll take you out for a post celebratory drink in Vegas. :-)

  1. My husband and I are big DIYers and we plan to make our own concrete countertops when we build our new house. There has recently been an explosion of companies that offer forms, books, colorants, etc., and I can’t wait to hear about your experience! Have fun and learn lots – then come back and tell us all what you learned! ;)

    • Thanks Vickie. I can’t wait to share with you! And if you have specific questions when you’re building your, please don’t hesitate to email me. I’ll help out where ever I can. :-)

    • They certainly are fantastic Ann. And this is the perfect class to learn more. Can’t wait to share my experience with you!

    • Part of the beauty of concrete is that it’s so versatile that you can make it look ultra modern or rustic. You can make it look like granite or marble or most any kind of stone.

    • I usually do spend a lot of time reading up before moving forward with a project. But getting your hands dirty right away can be fun too!

    • Thanks Letty. Part of the beauty of concrete is that you can adapt it to most any style, making it look modern or old world or whatever.

    • Oh, I hope you definitely consider taking the class. Can’t wait to share more about it in December. And I plan on starting a renovation in a mother-in-law apartment next year, so maybe we’ll end up fixer-uping together. LOL.

    • Well, I’ll be sharing more after I take the class. But concrete is not very expensive to work with so you can always start with a small sample piece first if you’re concerned about your technique.

    • Awe, thanks so much Becka! Can’t wait to start adding some pretty concrete counters to my parents’ kitchen. That’s the plan for after the class. Then planning a renovation for a small rental too.

  2. Wow making a small kitchen would be very cool. I love the look of concrete counters but I’m not crafty enough or have the interest to learn how to do it. I’d love to see how your project turns out.

    • Thanks Danielle. It can seem a little intimidating at first, but the class will certainly help anyone get over that.

    • Haha. Well, they’re a little advanced for me too right now. :-) That’s why I’m taking the class. But from my experience, things that look advanced usually aren’t too bad once you break it down step by step.

    • It is hard to believe Kathy. That’s why I just love all the things you can do with concrete. It’s really such a fun and versatile medium. Can’t wait to share more with you when I get into my course!

  3. I will be fascinated to see the results of your course. I have seen plenty of concrete used in doors that I love and plenty that I hate. I think it really depends on your sense of style.

    • Absolutely Nicki. But I do think there’s still beauty in so many of the creations that don’t match my style. And I’m excited to share more with you after my course.

    • Concrete counters do need to be sealed to prevent staining. And as far as crevices, the material is so strong so that really shouldn’t happen.

  4. Hi Jenise, how did the class go? I haven’t seen any replies or comments since your November comment. Are you ready to teach yet??


  5. OMG, you are my hero! I am 50 ?? Female remodeling a mobile home from the ground up. After a 27yr marriage divorce has sent me on an amazing adventure. I am eventually planning on moving my little piece of heaven to family lake property, so I am remodeling to my very own taste.
    My question is where to order the molding channel to do the larger rope edging.

    • Hi Angie, So sorry for the delayed response. Sometimes I don’t get the auto notification that there’s a new comment on the blog. But you can order the rope molding from CountertopSolutions.net. They also have a bunch of other edge molds to choose from. Hope that helps! :-)

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