According to Food Network, Ree Drummond’s continuous countertop is made from concrete. What made her opt for this seemingly unconventional choice? She told her parent network, “It looked like a sidewalk to me.” But concrete countertops have been en vogue for some time. Per the Concrete Network, Buddy Rhodes, long considered the “father” of this countertop invention, told the blog in 2003, “Since more and more people have concrete counters, fireplaces, etc., the demand is literally pushing our industry.” However, before you jump on the concrete countertop bandwagon to emulate Drummond, there are a few things you should consider.
Per Country Living, concrete definitely measures up to the durability test, and Fixr.com points out that it is heat resistant, can be made with recycled materials, and it is easy to customize the color. With that said, they require a lot of maintenance. If you know anything about concrete then you know it is susceptible to cracks and can easily stain, even after you seal it. Some people don’t mind these qualities and characteristics of the concrete countertop. In fact, they think it adds to the character of the surface. Concrete countertops can definitely add that je n’ai sais quoi element to your kitchen as long as you don’t mind the upkeep.