How can I achieve a Quartz look using concrete for a bar top?


These are the steps:

Create a CGBitmapContext matching the image's colorspace and dimensions. Draw the image into that context. Draw whatever you want on top of the image. Create a new image from the context. Dispose off the context.

Here's a method that takes an image, draws something on top of it and returns a new UIImage with modified contents:

- (UIImage*)modifiedImageWithImage:(UIImage*)uiImage { // build context to draw in CGImageRef image = uiImage.CGImage; CGColorSpaceRef colorspace = CGColorSpaceCreateDeviceRGB(); CGContextRef ctx = CGBitmapContextCreate(NULL, CGImageGetWidth(image), CGImageGetHeight(image), 8, CGImageGetWidth(image) * 4, colorspace, kCGImageAlphaPremultipliedLast); CGColorSpaceRelease(colorspace); // draw original image CGRect r = CGRectMake(0, 0, CGImageGetWidth(image), CGImageGetHeight(image)); CGContextSetBlendMode(ctx, kCGBlendModeCopy); ...
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The look of natural wood is great in a bar area, but it’s not nearly as durable or as eco-friendly as concrete. Many decorative concrete contractors, like J & M Lifestyles in New Jersey, are creating custom shower surrounds, countertops, and bar tops out of concrete – but they’re designed to mimic the look of a grainy, rustic wood. While you should consider enrolling in concrete training classes to master this decorative technique, the basics are below:

NOTE: When working with concrete and sealants, always work in a well-ventilated space.

What you will need:

Sander Primer Brown paint in 3 different shades Paint roller with a paint tray Paint brushes Graining tool Graining comb Cotton swab

Step 1 – Lightly sand your concrete surface to remove particles or debris. This will create a smoother surface on which to paint.

Step 2 – Clean the concrete thoroughly and allow to dry completely.

Step 3 – Prime the concrete surface to seal it. This will...

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We spend too much attention and energy on the Union Budget. It focusses on doing more things. It’s about building more roads, more low income housing, allowing investment, changing tax structures and of course, about telling us how badly the government has been doing this.

We pay too little attention to building things better, so that they last, and they cost less to maintain. So that they stay built, and free us up to focus on building other newer things in the future. We often don’t address the “better” piece in a budget and, in order to protect the incumbent, established and inefficient industries, actually disincentivize newer technology.

Here are a few things that we can change.

Making better roads and bridges with high-density polystyrene

The very material that we call “thermocol” is very rigid and tough, at a higher density. It has been used since 1972 in Norway to construct roads, as a filler that can replace soil or gravel, while we widen or...

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I just came back from an outlet where I saw Pebble, Raven and Concrete (among others). Raven has a little too much movement for me, although it's very pretty.

Thanks malabacat. Any problems with fingerprints etc on the honed? Pebble was very nice, although unfortunately a little light for the 'vision' I have in my head. I was fortunate enough to see a polished and honed sample, and like the honed look!
I've yet to see the Silestone ones, but so far I really like Concrete.

I also saw Cosmopolitan White, which I LOVE! It's white with greyish lines and tiny spots. A great match with Concrete, although there were a few contenders for a match with Concrete: Haze, Sleek Concrete and Raw Concrete (they didn't have samples of everything so there may be more.) Thinking of doing Concrete on white cabs on the perimeter, and Cosmo White on dark grey cabs on island.

(Giving a lot of info for anybody else who read this thread in future with the same ideas. :)


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Making worktops from concrete does sound a bit odd and it's certainly not the first material that springs to mind when you are selecting a worktop. However, for the DIYer it's a great choice; it's durable, unusual and reasonably cheap and simple to produce.

Now, I'm going to show you how. Basically we'll be making a mould for the concrete from melamine, that's the stuff basic kitchen cupboards are made from, it's chipboard with a very smooth finish applied. That finish is what makes it ideal for this application; you'll see why in a moment.

The mould can be any shape or size you want within reason, the main constraint is the weight of the finished piece. It's best to limit each section to what can be comfortably lifted by two people. This small section will actually be a bench seat and you can see I've used a piece of flexible perspex in this corner to round it off. You can also include...

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Dear Ali,

Quartz is nearly always inert when used as aggregate (not fine powder as cement replacement material) in concrete. It means that it will not react at normal conditions. less reactivity, more controllable situation in concrete. That is the reason make it desirable for concrete as well as its hardness.

At room temperature, SiO2 in all modifications is almost inert and does not react with most other substances. Even at moderately high temperatures silica is chemically very stable. The reason for the low reactivity of silica is the very strong Si-O bond, but also its macromolecular structure.

Being the anhydrite of an acid itself (orthosilicic acid, H4SiO4), quartz will in general not be attacked by acids. The prominent exception is hydrofluoric acid, HF, which will decompose quartz to form first silicon fluoride SiF4, then hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6.

SiO2 is also attacked by alkaline substances (like calcium hydroxide, Ca(OH)2 as you said and...

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Granite has been the countertop of choice in mid-range to high-end homes for nearly three decades. And let me go out on a limb and say its popularity is just now beginning to affect its status as a luxury item.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still some beautiful and unique granite finishes, but since it has become a more common feature in homes, homeowners who want to make a more unique statement are looking at and choosing other options. Quartz has risen quickly in popularity the last few years. So let’s compare granite, quartz and concrete countertops. (We took a look at how soapstone countertops compare to quartz and granite last year.)


The natural variations in the colors and design of granite make it a very attractive choice that always demonstrates individuality. No two pieces of granite are alike. Since granite is a natural stone product, it’s porous, which means it needs to be maintained regularly . It is recommended that granite be sealed on a...

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Stained Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertops are a very durable option for kitchens and bathrooms. They can be very attractive too. Many homeowners give them a one-of-a-kind look using concrete countertop stamping and staining techniques. Here’s an introduction to these techniques that will help you decide if this is an approach you want to take with your home’s counters.

Countertop Stamping Techniques

Most concrete countertops are poured on site. The frame is built on top of cabinetry and the concrete is added. As it begins to set, the stamping begins. Stamps in a wide variety of patterns and styles are used to imprint the concrete. The stamp is applied while the concrete is still soft enough to receive it, but not so wet that pattern impression will fill back in.

Concrete countertop contractors will do the work, or many handy homeowners take it on as a DIY project. Local countertop companies often have sets of stamps they rent, or have...

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Ok, what I have found that works super good is Min Wax Helmsmen spar urethane. This stuff is used on boats,water skis etc. Just do the FIRST coat with a 60/40 mix, of 60% urethane and 40% thinner. This will seal the wood and make the next coat go even and smooth. Just lightly sand ,after the first coat with a 300 or 400 wet or dry sand paper and use it dry. Sand just enough to get any dust particles off of the finish. Now you can do a 50/50 mix or just go with straight urethane. Just sand the rest of the coats with either 400 or 600 wet or dry and use it dry. That is up to you. Depends on the dust particles that will get on the finish while it is drying. Remember to keep the sand paper clean and wipe the surface after you sand over it the first time and every time after. This seems like a lot of work ,because the urethane has to dry, but in the end it will look awesome. For a bar top 3 maybe 4 coats should do it. Then when you reach the look you want,wax the top with min wax...

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Fill Out The Space

Once your counters are squared away, the real fun starts. “Concrete-look counters go with so many other materials,” Zinnecker says. That means you can mix and match freely, incorporating any other materials you think will add to the design. For starters, “If you want the counter to appear more minimal, you can go with a simple white tile backsplash,” she suggests. “If you want it to feel more sophisticated, do a modern tile and a fun Schluter edge. If you want a pop, add a patterned cement tile to bring in some color.”

Essentially, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can pair with the stuff. “Since concrete quartz has such a natural look, there are very few other materials it doesn’t work with. Marble, butcher block, shiplap—bring in any of these textures and it will only make the concrete quartz counter better.”

As for her advice on how to choose other items in your kitchen like lighting fixtures, cabinetry, and...

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Image: Houzz

Concrete countertops seem to be the shining star of kitchen design right now. With a cool urban feel, they can add instant modernity to a dated kitchen. They fit into a menagerie of styles: industrial, rustic, minimalist, the list goes on! However, concrete also comes with its own drawbacks such as potential warping and misshaping, difficult installation, and a high level of maintenance to prevent staining.

Fortunately, Caesarstone has different colors in quartz that have the look of concrete without the downfalls.

Image: Caesarstone USA

And, like all Caesarstone products, their surfaces comes with a lifetime warranty, are stain resistant (no sealing involved!), and non-porous making it more sanitary and easier to clean. Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful ways this concrete alternative has been applied.

Left Image: Houzz, Right Image: Elle Decor

(left image) This traditional kitchen is has a modern touch...
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Commercial grade clear epoxy for bar tops. Will not yellow, fade, or crack. UltraClear bar epoxy produces a crystal clear coating on all types of surfaces.

Works on: Wood, Concrete, Granite, Copper, Stainless Steel, Laminate, Cork, Formica, Quartz, Bamboo, Corian and ceramic tile. Our bar top epoxy is the standard product to use for bars made of pennies, bottle caps, photos, stickers, and concert tickets.

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The basics for making a concrete countertop are simply building your mold, pouring and finishing the concrete. There are several acceptable materials for building the form, but we chose cheap and easily obtainable...melamine coated particle board. You'll need a piece larger than your desired finished dimensions, we chose a 4 foot x 8 foot piece 3/4 inch thick. Other items needed are:

- Additional melamine boards for the sides of the form
- Sturdy and LEVEL sawhorses to build on (our finished top weighed around 400 lbs)
- 3/8 inch rebar for inner support
- Remesh for more inner support
- Wire for attaching the rebar and remesh to the form
- Screws for building the form (we used 3 inch and 1 5/8 inch drywall screws)
- Drill (you MUST pre-drill the particle board to avoid splitting)
- Saw(s), circular hand saw and/or table saw to cut the form sides. We also used a chop saw.
- Silicone caulk in a color easily seen on your Melamine (we used...

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