Here are some photos from the concrete counter construction:
Here's the form, made of melamine board. The melamine board has a plastic coating that kept the concrete from sticking to it. They added 2x4 braces to the front "bar" area to help support it while the pour was happening.
You can see the rebar and mesh embedded in the mix. All in all, it took all day to build the form and get it poured and smooth.
Here's a good view from the kitchen into the dining room area. Notice the missing wall! The wood slab on the counter is actually a form to mold an opening where the sink will go, the opening below is for the dishwasher. As soon as the concrete was pretty well set, the boys took the sides of the form off.
Next post: Finishing the concrete!