Flagstone, a very durable, hard slab of stone that comes in many natural colours, is often used in walkways and patios to add beauty and value to a home. On the other hand, poured concrete patios and walkways are typically plain, drab and grey. Colour and texture can be added by creating faux finishes and stamped effects for a fraction of what it would cost to replace it with real flagstone slabs. All it takes is a concrete stamp and tint added to the concrete mix.
Prepare your materials. Purchase your concrete or hire your concrete contractor. Find a supplier for your coloured tint and concrete stamp. Rent your concrete mixer.
Mark out the path and set the concrete forms so they are level.
Prepare concrete from packaged concrete, also known as gravel mix, or premixed material according to manufacturer's recommendations. Mix in a power mixer or by hand in a wheelbarrow. Alternately, have premixed wet concrete delivered to your home in a dump truck and poured where needed. Add a natural coloured tan or earth toned tint to mixture. Mix well to blend into the concrete.
Test the mixture by smoothing and then grooving the concrete with a shovel. If the grooves disappear, the mixture is too wet. If the grooves remain, the mixture is ready to use. Add water if stones begin to appear, which indicates dryness.
Pour the concrete into the mould. Use a board to smooth and level any high spots.
Sprinkle the powdered release agent to the concrete.
Position the flagstone-shaped concrete stamp on top of the concrete, and press down as you would a cookie cutter into cookie dough. Apply even pressure to the stamp.
Slowly lift the stamp out of the concrete. Do not disturb the shape of the imprinted concrete. Proceed to the next area, and repeat Step 7.
Always wear gloves when working with concrete. It is caustic to the skin.
Tips and warnings
- Always wear gloves when working with concrete. It is caustic to the skin.