This summer I'd like to upgrade my outdoor kitchen because whoever did the counter top had no clue what they were doing. I'm planning on a wood look porcelain for the face and not sure what I want to do with the top yet. I have no problem doing tile but I'm wondering about the prep. The structure is block with a brown coat and what looks like LaHabra color coat on top. The color coat has chipped off in one or two areas but for the most part is stuck good. I'm thinking of two options as I don't want to try to grind the color coast off.
1. Knock off loose plaster, clean the rest, skim coat with a good modified thinset then tile.
2. Knock off loose plaster, clean, one or two coats of Redguard for adhesion and crack isolation then tile
What do you think?
For the top I'm don't have a plan, probably a tile or stone.
Should I put rebar into the block and bend it into the top and pour concrete?
Or should I just attach plywood over the top, cover with tar paper wire then float like a kitchen counter top?
Not sure what to do here.
Here are some pictures showing the mess now.
Thanks for your input!