Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cobble Stone Path

Well spring has arrived at our new home and that means time to pay attention to the yard.  I came across these concrete forms at Lowe's and thought they would look great in front of our gate.  When my husband took the project and ran with it...well...I couldn't stop him right?


Step #1: We decided where to place the concrete and then removed the grass.





Step #2:  We then placed the form to plan out the design and where the concrete should be placed.

Step #3: Mix a bag of concrete with water.


Step #4: We added some dark color to match our existing rocks.  One bottle is enough for two bags of concrete.

Step #5:  Place the concrete inside the frame and make sure there aren't any air pockets. 



Step #6:  Smooth it and put extra concrete back into the bucket.
Step #7:  After lifting the frame, round the stones so it resembles a natural looking rock.


And there you have it...beautiful cobble stone!  (i did help a little bit)

62 comments:

  1. seriously so cute! can i have some of your motivation????

    love it!

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  2. I love how it turned out. funny thing is I bought one of those forms years ago and it is still in my garage. My hubbo will never do it, so I'm gonna have to try this myself. thanks for the inspiration and demonstration!

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    1. Seriously! If I hadn't seen your name first I would have thought that I had already left this message...lol! I bought one of those forms many years ago and it is still in my "basement", and I would also like to try it, although I also have a concrete mixer called ODJOB, made by Scepter. You just add water into a round bucket- like enclosed container with your cement mixture and roll it. It states you can use a 30 or 60 lb bag of the premix and roll it for 30 seconds.Has anyone ever tried this? Well you have inspired me also and I have the perfect place to start.L lost my husband to a heart attack 15 years ago and it has been sitting in my basement all this time....thank you!

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  3. I love it!!! Good job Cam and Tan! :)

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  4. whoa, that's great! i had no idea you could just *do* that with goods from lowes, lol. it looks fantastic, and super job!

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  5. Hello,

    Im Kelsey and blog over at Mama Mazzone http://houseofmazzone.blogspot.com

    Love what you did in your backyard :)
    I am saving this post in my favorites as inspiration to do something like this in our backyard :)

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  6. Ah-mazing! You guys did a beautiful job on your back-yard!!!

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  7. Love this. We bought some molds last spring and didn't get a chance to do our pathway. I'm hoping we are able to squeeze it in before it gets to hot this year. Thanks for the photo's. We're going to put soil in between the blocks and add grass seed.

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  8. I just wanted to let you know that I fell in love with your website the minute I read your quote from JRR Tolkien! Beautiful quote, and a great blog to follow it! ;)

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  9. This is just amazing! i love it! and i had no idea you could dye concrete-brilliant. Can't wait to show my husband. :)

    meg

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  10. Camie I am amazed! These look so great! I came over from my friend Kate's. Bravo!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my Great Giveaway from Serena & Lily!

    You will love it!

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  11. Would you mind doing a price breakdown? Id love to do this and am wondering how much it would cost.

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  12. Hi. I having been reading that the molds use 1 bag of concrete per mold. Is that what you used? Seems like it would be less. Planning on tackling this project this summer. Thx.

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  13. Oh I've definately gotta do this! I've got a couple of places that I wanted to add some concrete! So ready to do this one!!

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  14. LOVE IT!! Just a quick question..... how many of those forms would you get with one bag of cement>?

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  15. LOVE it! Looks fantastic!!! I REALLY want to try this in our back yard!

    -Ashley
    www.DesignBuildLove.co

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  16. How did you round the edges to look like stones?

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  17. I. Love. This!!! Thank you for posting such wonderful photos, too. I think I'm going to re-blog it tonight on my site: www.icecreamandpizza.com , as I'm sure many will find it just as inspiring as I did. Take care, Haley

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  18. What a fun idea! We need to do something like that in our yard!

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  19. amazing!!!!!!! I love it sooooo much!!!


    greetz from your new follower from Germany

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  20. Snap that is soo cool - I;m gonna borrow that if you do not mind.

    Love Leanne

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  21. This a cool idea;)
    Thank you for sharing, found it on Pinterest!
    I`m your latest follower;)
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    Lovely greetings...

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  22. How many bags of concrete did it take for you to do that one area in your yard?

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  23. I did this in my back yard. I have a savings tip on the cement coloring. I bought the black powder instead of the liquid color. I had thick rubber gloves on. Instead of adding the color in the cement batch this is what I did: after pulling the mold off either shake some black powder over the molded cement or put some in your hand. Then lightly rub your hand over the the wet cobblestones and it covers the part you want to see not all the cement your not going to. It's lasted 6 years now not fading. LOVE IT! Makes it alot cheaper since you don't have to buy all the coloring. Those molds are so easy!

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  24. the mold is like 2'x 2'. Also if you come to a tight area where you have to turn or like above you dont quite have enough room for another whole mold, just push your mold down in the area and just dig into the last molded area it just changes the shape of a few but keeps it all cemetrical (sp:?). It still turns out perfect.

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  25. What is the name of the mold you used for this project?

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  26. I love it! I've been researching stamped concrete for our backyard. I wish I could use this method, but I think we'd still be at it NEXT spring because the space is quite large.

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  27. How long did you need to leave the form in place before removing it to make the next one? It looks great!

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  28. Found this idea on Pinterest and LOVE it! Thank you for sharing. I found the mold at Lowe's Home Improvement and the cost was about $16.00. It is available online if you do not have Lowe's nearby. The mold is made by Quikrete. We just finished up our first mold. Instead of adding the coloring to the cement we sprayed it onto the cement after we removed the mold.

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  29. Thank you very much for this information
    And i like pinterst to

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  30. camie,

    we are considering doing our kitchen countertops with concrete and wanted to dye them black. noticed you used quikrete charcoal dye. it seems like once dry, it is NOT black. could you help me avoid a huge mistake and confirm? thanks, darlene

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  31. Hi Camie,
    I love it!
    Your newest follower,
    ~Wendy

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  32. Love it! How are the concrete "pavers" holding up?

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  33. very nice... thank you for the idea!

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  34. Very nice! Just a couple of questions. Did you put anything between the 'stones' to hold them in place - such as sand or additional concrete? Do you know how they hold up in ice and snow?

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  35. I was just going to put in a stepping stone path for my landlord at the house I am renting, but this is so much nicer! Any chance you could share the approximate cost of the project so I can see if my landlord will go for it? I have no idea how to figure out the amount of cement to use per foot - that would be all I need really. Also - could I borrow your hubby for the labor?! :)

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  36. I was just going to put in a stepping stone path for my landlord at the house I am renting, but this is so much nicer! Any chance you could share the approximate cost of the project so I can see if my landlord will go for it? I have no idea how to figure out the amount of cement to use per foot - that would be all I need really. Also - could I borrow your hubby for the labor?! :)

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  37. donde puedo comprar el moldem ese?

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  38. Love the idea, looks so professional! If you have the strength to handle this project it's the way to go! Kudo's

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  40. Looks awesome! I'm wanting to put in a walkway from our stamped concrete patio to go around the house and I'm thinking this just might be the way to go once I check out the costs. I would be removing the grass like you did.. my question is did you put any gravel or sand down after you removed the grass?? Or did you just begin putting the mold over the dirt? I love how this turned out!! :)

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  41. It would be nice if yout took time to answer the questions.

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  42. I have answered but it is through email. I am sorry if you haven't been getting responses. \
    To answer we did just place the concrete down on the dirt. we did place some moss in-between the stones. The cost is around 100.00 including the concrete frame. We just did our whole patio in it and will be posting that this summer. Thanks for all of your responses. xoxo

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  43. It's really a great work, you have decided a good thing for you have home, it's really looking very nice in front of your gate, the place get very attractive look after this improvement. Thanks for sharing this great post. :)

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  45. The mold is so attractively designed. The outcome of patio work is just amazing.
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  47. That came out great! I was just wondering how you managed to fill in the non-square area where the project met your existing loose stones. We have an angled apron area we need to fill and I was trying to figure out how to do it with the form. Did you just fill the spaces you needed in the mold and leave the overlap empty?
    Thanks!

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  48. Did it cost you a100 for the whole patio or just that little area you did

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  49. Did it cost you a100 for the whole patio or just that little area you did

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  50. I just LOVE this idea. Our yard needs a facelift and if I can do what you did I will be a happy girl. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  51. Where did you get the cobblesrone frame from??

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