Asked on Nov 23, 2015

How do you arrange a wood stamp around extruding pipes?

Tina Buell
by Tina Buell
I just poured a patio with a beautiful wood plank stamp, but I hate it because I added a broom finish concrete border that looks so tacky. I want to rip it out and repour the patio with no border, all wood plank stamp. How does one arrange a giant wood plank stamp around existing pipes so the plank patterns aligns without cutting a hole in the stamp?
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  19 answers
  • Sharon Stanfield Sharon Stanfield on Nov 23, 2015
    It is beautiful the way it is. By the time you have outdoor furniture on it and everything else. It will be covered. You can always get outdoor carpet runners that can break up the pattern and add color to it. You put such hard work in it. It is beautiful.

  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Nov 23, 2015
    I like the border! I can imagine it would look beautiful lined with flower pots.

  • Grandmaquilts Grandmaquilts on Nov 23, 2015
    Cut yourself some slack! It really looks nice. I bet you would like it better if you added a concrete stain.

  • Valerie Valerie on Nov 24, 2015
    I think it is beautiful, and that you should pat yourself on the back for a job well done. I assume that the pipes are there to stay. I would plant in the area between the fence and the patio, using plants that will trail over and hide the pipes, or at least detract attention from them. Flower pots would be an excellent idea. There is one post that appeared on Hometalk that I have always wanted to do - it uses PVC pipe. The beauty about PVC is that you can cut it so as to retain accessibility, and that it is so cheap. Have a look at this post and see if it can help you in any way:

  • Valerie Valerie on Nov 24, 2015
    I have just had another PVC pipe idea - spray paint the pipe, and use it as a 'base' for solar lighting. Instead of sticking the solar lights into the ground, they have the added advantage of being higher up. Just a thought.

  • Janice Janice on Nov 24, 2015
    Beautiful job! Grandmaquilts has a good idea. Concrete stain with a brown wood color stain would give it a rich color border or use the same color as you plank stain and it will blend. Add furniture and you are set

  • SandyG SandyG on Nov 24, 2015
    I agree, stain concrete border.

  • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on Nov 24, 2015
    I also would recommend staining the border. Or stain it and have fun with it by stenciling a pattern that suits your decor on it. I also love the idea of the way flower pots would look lined up on it, save for the fact that it would entail a lot of maintenance work! Whatever you decide, please post a picture when it's done. :)

  • Alice Shockley Alice Shockley on Nov 24, 2015
    I agree with everyone else. Stain the border to match the rest! I can't imagine going to the expense of redoing the entire patio over such a small fix. If you really can't stand it after staining, you can always rip it up then. But you might find you are happy with the result and then you've saved yourself a ton of time, money, and headache!

  • Susan Susan on Nov 24, 2015
    Tile it! Dark slate would match beautifully and would allow you to get around those extrusions. Budget friendly, too.

  • Jan Jan on Nov 24, 2015
    Not what you want to hear---but over time it will blend and hopefully you will have furniture and landscaping and maybe plants in containers---and stain it---stain does it's own thing light, dark, splotchs, but that is what makes it interesting---like light playing thru leaves on trees---it is difficult and costly to pull up concrete and redo---and within a year you will be the only one who notices---I promise---

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Nov 24, 2015
    I may be lazy, but I agree to staining it. I agree with Jan, over time it will blend in and it is such a small space.

  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Nov 24, 2015
    Yep, same here--stain the border the same solid color and it will blend in. I believe I would also paint the pipes the same color. No one will be the wiser except us and DIY's don't tell! :)

  • Tina Buell Tina Buell on Nov 24, 2015
    Things are looking up, it cured to this

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    • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Dec 04, 2015
      @Tina Buell You have a beautiful patio. When you put some chairs, table, BBQ or what ever you plan on the patio. If it hasn't grown on you yet, how about adding some benches around on the strait sides.

  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Nov 25, 2015
    Lemons to lemon aid . accent that boarder, using either stain to concrete, or tile. cheapest fix, cutting & replacing you may make a bigger problem, w/ bonding old to new & finish not matching, even the mix will l make a finish difference When stamping concrete and you have an obstruction usually you start from that obstruction if possible, and w/ a trowel, a straight edge, and either a mortar toll or a piece of wood or other you free hand that design up to and around the obstruction

  • Rebecca Eckman Farrell Rebecca Eckman Farrell on Nov 25, 2015
    I would stain it, as others have suggested.

  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Nov 25, 2015
    I agree with the majority, stain it. It will blend in and no one will be the wiser unless you tell them different!

  • Lisa Salerno Lisa Salerno on Dec 01, 2015
    You could stain it, but I actually think it looks great (in your second photo). I'll have to consider something like that for my own home!

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 02, 2015