Even though this was a cast in place concrete countertop that we poured in Fort Worth, TX, it was still possible to embed stones with fossil remains into its surface. For this reason, some of the best countertops for your home are made from concrete because it offers so much versatility. It's much easier to embed objects into precast concrete countertops because we simply place the object in the mold and pour around it. As the top of the countertop is at the bottom of the mold, the object is exposed once we flip it over. Tricky part is that this only works for flat objects, as these fossils are anything but, then we have to do something different.
Our homeowner had asked an interior designer to find him the best countertops for his outside grill area that would showcase a part of his fossil collection. She called us to see what we could do and we got right to work. The collection included a handful of small stones with fossil remains and one large flat stone with the same. It's not easy laying these out on a concrete surface as they either want to sink to the bottom or, in the case of the flat stone, won't stay level with the surface. Compromise is always an option and we think this one came out quite nice. With the large flat stone, we poured the concrete then literally dug out a hole in it while it was still wet to accommodate the stone.
For the smaller stones, we carefully placed them into the concrete as it was hardening and trowelled all around them to create as smooth a transition between stone and concrete as possible. Once the concrete had set, we taped the stones over to protect them from the acid staining process. They wanted a walnut brown color, which we sprayed on and let react. Once we hit the right color, we finished it all off with a concrete sealer to help protect it from staining and regular wear and tear.
Concrete makes the best countertops for almost any application. It's tough, beautiful, unique, and you can do neat stuff with it! Yep, even in bathrooms. Check out our next project, where we have two different bathroom countertops.