Replicating Cobblestone Charm
Are you looking for a clever way to make
your concrete surface more decorative? Unlike the old days when gray was all
you got, there are now many ways to make your concrete more attractive. One
commonly applied technique is to replicate other stones, such as cobblestone.
There are three ways to create a cobblestone
appearance. One way is through the use of a stencil, stain, and paint. The
other, more permanent method is to use a stamp and colored concrete.
the Design. This method can be applied to both existing and
new surfaces. After the concrete is cured or thoroughly cleaned, use a
cobblestone stencil and a rust-colored paint or stain to apply the pattern.
After the paint is dry, you can use a gray paint to fill-in the lines between
the bricks to simulate the grout that would fill regular cobblestones.
Wet Concrete. This method is normally applied to new
concrete surfaces. You can purchase the special stamps from a concrete
supplier. Form you patio or walkway just as you would for a normal
installation. Mix and pour the concrete, one section at a time. After laying a
small section, press the mold into the wet cement. Repeat as often as
necessary. You can mix pigmentation into the wet cement, or apply paint or
stain once the concrete is cured. One style trick you might try is to sprinkle
rock salt onto the top of the surface and then apply a colored stain over the
top to create a unique textured appearance.
the Design. This technique can be used to add design to
an existing surface. Using a special etching tool, cut the cobblestone pattern
into the cement. After the design is established, stain or paint the color of
These are just a few ways to dress up your concrete
surface. Request free estimates from prescreened concrete contractors to
bring the charm of cobblestone to your home.