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LEARN HOW TO MAKE CONCRETE COUNTERS LIKE THE PROS!

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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.

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How to do marbling.

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Make integral sinks.

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Creating fireplace forms.

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And more!

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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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Cheers!

Jenise

 

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83 Comments on LEARN HOW TO MAKE CONCRETE COUNTERS LIKE THE PROS

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    October 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, I have never seen a concrete counter before. Around here most people have granite.

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    • Jenise
      October 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm (3 years ago)

      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!

      Reply
  2. Kungphoo
    October 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I really like this look.. i would like to do this in our kitchen, but we are a aways away from redoing it..

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:20 am (3 years ago)

      I do too. Actually, I LOVE it. Hey, but never say never. :-)

      Reply
  3. Carmen Perez (listen2mama)
    October 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, these are really different, I normally see granite or marble. Have fun in your class.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:20 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Carmen! I can’t wait to get started and share my experience.

      Reply
  4. Taylor
    October 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow that is so cool! I could never make anything like that, even if I had the right tools! I am just sooo not good with that sort of stuff!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:22 am (3 years ago)

      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.

      Reply
  5. JoAnna
    October 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh wow, these are SO beautiful. And I also really love a good DIY tutorial :D Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers!
    JoAnna
    foreverinparadise.net

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:23 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks JoAnna! I’ll do my best to make my tutorials “good.” Lol.

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  6. Nina Say
    October 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve always loved the look of concrete counters, but never realized they were concrete! Amazing.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:23 am (3 years ago)

      It really is amazing what you can do with concrete, Nina. So can’t wait to get started!

      Reply
  7. Debi
    October 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I didn’t even know you could make concrete counters but they look beautiful.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:24 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Debi. The best thing is that there is sooooo much versatility in what you can do with concrete!

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  8. Michelle de Guzman
    October 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I can hardly believe some of those pictures are concrete. They look like stone(granite and marble.) I may need to take this class myself

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:25 am (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  9. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
    October 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I am not a big DIY’er. However, this post makes me think its possible :)

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:26 am (3 years ago)

      It is definitely possible. If I can do it, then anyone can. :-)

      Reply
  10. Vickie
    October 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

    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! ;)

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:28 am (3 years ago)

      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. :-)

      Reply
  11. michele d
    October 20, 2014 at 10:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Those are some great ideas! This is something I would like to do in the spring.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:29 am (3 years ago)

      I’m so glad you’re thinking about doing this! Will definitely share all the info with you when I get back!

      Reply
  12. Franc Ramon
    October 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm (3 years ago)

    This concrete workshop would really help you create the kitchen you want. You can be more hands on the design after this.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:29 am (3 years ago)

      Absolutely Franc. And I love getting my hands dirty!

      Reply
  13. Elizabeth O.
    October 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s quite a class! Learning to make concrete counters sounds amazing.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:30 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, Elizabeth. I expect the class to be amazing. Can’t hardly wait!

      Reply
  14. jo
    October 20, 2014 at 11:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! Those are really unique countertops! :D I don’t have anything to DIY like that at home but they look nice!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:31 am (3 years ago)

      They really are unique. It’s so amazing all the things you can do with concrete!

      Reply
  15. Ann Bacciaglia
    October 21, 2014 at 12:46 am (3 years ago)

    These pieces are fantastic. I would love to learn how to make these beautiful creations.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:32 am (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  16. FamiGami
    October 21, 2014 at 12:51 am (3 years ago)

    Its certainly a unique rustic look. Not sure it would fit my home though.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:33 am (3 years ago)

      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.

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  17. Shelley Zurek
    October 21, 2014 at 1:00 am (3 years ago)

    I will be glued to your blog to see what you create. Good luck with your training in Vegas.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:34 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness Shelley, that’s so nice of you to say! I can’t wait to share more from my class!

      Reply
  18. XmasDolly
    October 21, 2014 at 1:50 am (3 years ago)

    That is very classy I must admit. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:35 am (3 years ago)

      I’m so glad you like it. Can’t wait to share more about the class!

      Reply
  19. Rosey
    October 21, 2014 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

    That’s fun that you learn by doing. I’m just the opposite and have to read and read and read first. :) Everything here looks great.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:36 am (3 years ago)

      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!

      Reply
  20. Letty C.
    October 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the look. Even Though it won’t fit with my style.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:37 am (3 years ago)

      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.

      Reply
  21. Deanna Ritz
    October 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I love concrete floors and counters. I wouldn’t mind having either someday. They seem easy to keep clean. And with all boys we need that!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:40 am (3 years ago)

      Well, hopefully you’ll be able to make your own when you’re ready. It’ll save you tons of money.

      Reply
  22. Justine Y
    October 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm (3 years ago)

    That sounds like a cool class. I love the look of the marbled concrete. :)

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:41 am (3 years ago)

      I know, isn’t it amazing! Can’t wait to share more about my class!

      Reply
  23. kendall
    October 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm (3 years ago)

    That is SO cool! We are about to move into a fixer-upper so this class would be perfect!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:42 am (3 years ago)

      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.

      Reply
  24. Elizabeth Ferree
    October 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm (3 years ago)

    What great classes you have to offer. This would be great for someone either wanting to redo their kitchen or garden. I would be afraid of messing my counters up.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:44 am (3 years ago)

      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.

      Reply
  25. Becka
    October 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm (3 years ago)

    i love the concrete hands! The kitchen looks amazing!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:45 am (3 years ago)

      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.

      Reply
  26. Kristin
    October 21, 2014 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks so neat. Have a great time. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:46 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kristin! Can’t wait to share more during & after the class!

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  27. Mrs. Mashed Up
    October 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Man, I can’t wait to see the results of what you learn in class. You’re right, the concrete looked great in those kitchens in your photos.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:47 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks! I can’t wait to share the results either!!!! Stay tuned. :-)

      Reply
  28. Erica Brooks
    October 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:47 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Erica. I can’t wait to share more from the class!

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  29. Whitney
    October 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Sounds like you will have a lot of fun! Can’t wait to see what you create.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:48 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Whitney! I can’t wait to see what I create either. Lol. :-)

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  30. Danielle Stewart
    October 22, 2014 at 1:02 am (3 years ago)

    That is fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous!! This seems like it might be too much for me, but I sure would like to learn!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:49 am (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  31. Mocha Dad
    October 22, 2014 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

    Those counters seem to be a bit too advanced for my minimal carpentry skills.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:51 am (3 years ago)

      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.

      Reply
  32. Kathy
    October 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I can’t believe that all of those surfaces are concrete. That is beautiful. I want to learn more.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:53 am (3 years ago)

      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!

      Reply
  33. Nicki Rochead
    October 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:56 am (3 years ago)

      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.

      Reply
  34. Liz Mays
    October 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm (3 years ago)

    You’re going to learn so many skills to spiff up your house. That’s an incredible class!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:56 am (3 years ago)

      It certainly sounds like it will be pretty incredible. Can’t wait to learn more and share with you!

      Reply
  35. Chrissy Mazzocchi
    October 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm (3 years ago)

    This is so amazing! I’ve never seen a concrete counter before and it looks so nice!

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:57 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Chrissy. It definitely is pretty amazing. Can’t wait to share more from my class!

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  36. Lavende & Lemonade
    October 23, 2014 at 12:23 am (3 years ago)

    How cool! Those are beautiful countertops – I’d never guess they were made from concrete. How easy are they to keep clean and in-tact? Do they stain or get crevices in them?

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 2:59 am (3 years ago)

      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.

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  37. HilLesha
    October 23, 2014 at 8:01 am (3 years ago)

    That’s beautiful! It lends an elegant touch to any room. :)

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    • Jenise
      October 24, 2014 at 3:00 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks HilLesha. Hopefully it will be adding some elegance to my home soon. :-)

      Reply
  38. Mommy Pehpot
    October 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

    sounds like a n exciting course! I can’t wait for your creations!

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  39. Kerri
    October 29, 2014 at 5:32 am (3 years ago)

    Looks fabulous! My sister is so good with DIY projects. I’m going to tell her about this one!

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  40. Stacy
    October 29, 2014 at 8:38 am (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous! And all the other projects are cool too! Thanks for all the ideas!
    Stacy

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  41. Jann Olson
    November 2, 2014 at 12:08 am (3 years ago)

    You are the queen of concrete! Love concrete counters! Tanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    • Jenise
      November 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Jann! Either that or I’m the concrete geek chic…one or the other I suppose. :-)

      Reply
  42. Jim
    January 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    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??

    Jim

    Reply
  43. Angie Dodds
    December 22, 2015 at 8:48 am (2 years ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      January 17, 2016 at 11:33 pm (2 years ago)

      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! :-)

      Reply

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