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Brad has been making concrete countertops and concrete creations since the early 80’s. He has a Fine Arts degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated from the Concrete Countertop Institute in 2006. Previously based in Cimarron, NM, Brad began making countertop designs for the vacation homes and resorts in the Moreno Valley, Taos and Albuquerque. Brad returned to Oklahoma a few years ago and continues to make inspiring countertops for homes, businesses and outdoor spaces. More recently, Brad has begun acid staining concrete floors and patios as well as applying concrete overlays.
“Concrete is the only material that is completely customizable. We can do an infinite number of colors, styles, textures, integral sinks, and inlays. It is only limited by our imagination . If you want something no one else has, call me and we’ll make it happen. We installed these concrete tops for a large outdoor bar in Norman OK. The owner was looking for weathered copper patina for the finish.”
Brad worked very closely with us on this project testing different acid stain color combinations until he achieved the finished look he felt best met his customer’s expectations. Due to the length and weight, even moving the countertop was a challenge but Brad successfully installed the finished project without incident. Everyone was thrilled with his work. Creativity and keen attention to the minutest of detail is what you can expect from Brad and why his clients continue to choose him for both countertop and decorative flooring work.
One of Brad’s most impressive skills is producing a faux wood grain finish on countertops, mantels and fireplace surrounds. His work looks so much like the real thing that it’s hard to believe he’s using concrete. Here are a few tips he shared with us about creating a wood grain look:
Molds are made of pre-sawed lumber and joined together using biscuits and wood glue, clamped until dry
Sandblast the surface to bring out the wood grain
Edge grain was created from silicone molds cast on lumber edges
Seal the wood forms using polyurethane and spray with liquid form release to prevent the concrete from adhering to the forms or tools
Spray a thin layer of Concrete Countertop Mix to completely cover the mold
Fill the rest of mold with countertop mix and allow to fully cure
Acid Staining Steps:
Mist the concrete surface with water.