How to make concrete look like flagstone

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How to make concrete look like flagstone
Use stamped effects on concrete to get the appearance of flagstone. (Concrete mixer image by zalisa from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Concrete
  • Shovel
  • Concrete stamp
  • Concrete tint
  • Water
  • Hose
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Concrete forms
  • Powdered release agent

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Mark out the path and set the concrete forms so they are level.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Pour the concrete into the mould. Use a board to smooth and level any high spots.

  6. 6

    Sprinkle the powdered release agent to the concrete.

  7. 7

    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.

  8. 8

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear gloves when working with concrete. It is caustic to the skin.

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