Last month I had the fun task of creating and installing a custom countertop for Rusty Taco’s new Minneapolis location. The Rusty Taco is a delicious taco hot spot serving $2.50 hand made tacos and margaritas – yumm. This new location opened just weeks ago and is located at 522 E. Hennepin Ave, Mpls.
With a garage theme as a guide, I created this swirling metallic silver and black countertop. By using iCoat’s Metal Illusion product, I was able to create a stunning, unique, and durable countertop for all of those tacos to be served up on.
How did you do that you say?
Well let’s start at the beginning to see what’s under there. The great guys at Cabinets by Dan fashioned a wood top for us made out of a special water resistant wood. The finish we’ve created is just 1/8″ thick yet tough as nails. It can go right over most surfaces but in this case, it was a new countertop. Here is what the top looked like to start:
It has been two fun days of learning and playing with the my newly found product line called iCoat. Bear with me as I tend to get very excited about new product lines and let my geeky art side shine strong.
I wrote a short post after signing up for the seminar which you can find right here. This product line has a countertop and flooring/wall portion with unlimited options of texture and color combinations.
I’ve been in class for two days now and made nine sample boards – yay!
The first day we covered how to create countertops – truly one of the most fun products that I have ever used. It definitely has the wow factor when applying the colorants and even more so when the epoxy coating goes on and all the colors pop once again.
When permanence is removed, true creativity can be released.
Old counters out, and a four week wait for the new concrete countertops left my parents wondering how to deal with the absence of a countertop. How do they keep the remaining wood top waterproof and functional, let alone something that they would want any guests to view?
For those of you who are tired of dingy grout, of laminate shower shells, or are simply looking for a stunning new look in your shower – the Tadelakt finish will be your savior.
Tadelakt plaster is relatively new to the US however it has stood the test of time in Morocco. This is an amazing traditional Moroccan finish that has been used in their public baths for over 4,000 years. Because of the unique and natural materials, this finish is breathable to the air yet waterproof which makes it ideal for wet locations such as bathrooms. The texture of this finish is so soothing and luxurious you’ll never need to visit the spa.