An ecofriendly version of what you are talking about starts with a product called Deco-Poz, a cement like mix that can be troweled on Formica or other counter-top surfaces to create the look of concrete or stone.
- This newly skim-coated surface can then be stained with a non-toxic stain called SoyCrete (try blending more than one color to create depth).
- Finally, follow up with a few coats of Eco-Tuff for a non-toxic seal.
- Voila, your counter has been successfully resurfaced.
This is most definitely a low-budget way to update your old counters (especially if you D.I.Y.), but not something you will see in most high end homes or businesses.
I don't think the "faux" look (or hollow sound when you knock..) appeals to most architects or designers, at least not the way solid concrete or natural stone does.