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The Blink London kitchen redesign: the concrete worktop

The Blink London kitchen project, the concrete worktop, DIY, poured concrete, industrial inspiration, interiors trends

The Blink London kitchen project, the concrete worktop. Love it with this Liv Interiors bowl and the Target Tiles floor tiles.

So we have set the scene already with our earlier post which I hope you enjoyed. I was truly fixated on carrara marble for the worktop, but there was no way the budget would allow for that (or we could just have a worktop and no kitchen maybe??) so I spent lots of time researching stone alternatives. Whilst trawling Pinterest for inspiration I noticed how gorgeous concrete worktops were. I was a bit conflicted as isn’t that a bit ‘done’? Well, it seems its all in the execution and combination of materials, so I decided to set aside concerns for ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ and instead focus on whats beautiful, budget appropriate and also (shockingly) what’s practical. I have to admit that I also got really in to all of the online tutorials and decided that the lovely Stef, my kitchen fitting super hero, could do with a sidekick on this job.

After lots of research, hours of YouTube videos and a couple of test blocks, we went for it.

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Because we poured it upside down the melamine sheeting and shuttering, combined with the weight of the concrete and Stef’s time spend ensuring there were as few air bubbles as possible, all means that the surface was really compacted, level and pretty clean. There was some polishing to do, but nothing like what I was expecting. We used several grades, but nothing too severe, before treating the worktop with a sealant.

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, polishing concrete, poured concrete, DIY

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Once in situ (boy was it heavy to shift!) I then gave it a further coat of sealant and a subtle polish. Partly because I had a hand in the process, but mostly just because it is awesome, I am now officially utterly in love with my concrete worktops and couldn’t recommend this option highly enough. Carrara who?

Concrete worktop complete. The Blink London kitchen project, polishing concrete, poured concrete, DIY

Concrete worktop complete. The Blink London kitchen project.

If you love that Liv Interiors bowl as much as I do, check out their full collection. And Target Tiles were a joy to deal with. For more of our interiors posts, just look here and there’s more from our kitchen project to come.

This post is not sponsored (sadly).

Enjoy! Lucy

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