The hot-hot-hot temperatures make this post extremely untimely. As you may know, we have a weird house built in the 70s in a Chalet Style. It has been poorly heated the whole time we've lived here, and so after a nearly 5 day power outage this winter, we decided to bite the bullet and install a wood burning store.
We don't ever do anything the normal way, so we decided to make a cast concrete stove pad, and inset it into the carpet (so I would never trip on it.) Eventually we will replace the carpet with something less... carpety.... but I think we'll keep the concrete pad.
The process of casting the concrete wasn't terrible- and after we saw the results we pledged to do more projects.
P made a mold out of veneered particle board.
We rented a little concrete mixer....
Poured a nice thick layer into the frame, knocked the sides to remove some of the bubbles, covered it, and let it set for a few days.
The result looked something like this. The side that was down against the wood came out smooth, with just a few air bubbles.
The cats tried to help. Cooper even brought reinforcements.
Then we started carving into the multiple layers of strange flooring.
After a couple of adjustments, we slowly slid the pad in place. We still need to seal it, but I love the way it looks.
Voila. I am super excited to be warm this winter, come what may.