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Post by WillieRae on Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:48 am

We willl soon be restoring a house and would like to hear about other's choices of countertop material. It will be redone in Mexican, country style. There is a place in Mazatlan that uses concrete to make a faux stone that is used for counters, sinks, outdoor tables, benches, etc that we really like but that is there. Does anyone know of a similar product here or in GDL?
We know some people that used regular poured concrete and then stained after pouring and it wasn't so great.
I would think the color would have to be added before pouring but then there is the problem of cooking stains to be dealt with somehow.
Any input appreciated!

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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:53 am

I have seen some really nice tiled countertops if you don't mind having the grout lines.

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Post by WillieRae on Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:58 am

We used talavera in our other place and found the tiles too soft (wore off) and the boquilla was white and a real PITA to care for. If we were to use tiles again they would have to be ceramic and darker grout.

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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:22 am

Agreed. I have blue talavera with white grout in my kitchen now.

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Post by gringal on Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:37 am

We had the cement type installed in our casita, but unfortunately, it doesn't look so good. The color was mixed in, but all manner of messy patches emerged after a while. It was the contractor's first try at it, and I will say it's an easy care way to go.

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Post by RVGRINGO on Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:32 am

We have had granite & cannot imagine anything easier to care for.

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Post by gringal on Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:26 am

RVGRINGO wrote:We have had granite & cannot imagine anything easier to care for.
True, but it's expensive.

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Post by Gamina on Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:45 pm

Concrete will crack after a while. Not something I would want in my kitchen. I like solid-surface material like Corian. There are lots of alterntive solid countertops that imitate wood and stone. Corians has no seams, you can cut on it and sand out gouges. It's my personal favorite. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/7779702/list/Your-Guide-to-15-Popular-Kitchen-Countertop-Materials/
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Post by Wide Sky on Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:32 am

This is a quartz composite; food safe and comes in a variety of colors & styles (in GDL);
http://www.caesarstone.com.mx/es/Pages/default.aspx

Corian is made by Dupont and they are in MX also

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Post by Gamina on Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:00 am

There are Corian look-alikes that are much cheaper than the original. The caesarstone is really different. Granite has been so overused that it's boring.
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Post by WillieRae on Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:37 pm

Wide sky.....thank you so much....exactly what I'm looking for! I will pursue and advise the findings later.

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Post by sparks on Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:32 pm

Mine were made in place with cement and white cement on top. Granit piece embedded. Took lots of grinding and a rather toxic sealer. Of course, the Mexicans wouldn't wear to respirator mask I bought.

Much better than grout lines
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Post by solajijic on Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:55 pm

We did a nice substitute for black granite in the big rental kitchen. We used 2 foot by 2 foot matte finish black floor tiles and black grout. We did a over hang 2 inches on front and a 4 inch backsplash. Looks great and was very inexpensive.

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