Tim and Kelly Coyle created a whimsical campfire scene complete with a bench with tree stump legs, and concrete marshmallows.
Tim and Kelly Coyle created a whimsical campfire scene complete with a bench with tree stump legs, and concrete marshmallows.

The Coyles are partners in life and in business, and they work with a whimsical style. They created a campfire scene, complete with marshmallows on sticks made from a white countertop mix. For Tim, becoming a decorative concrete contractor followed 23 years of work with “plain gray” concrete. Tim says that the work was worthwhile but soulless; he wanted to express more personal creativity. As with many other presenters, the Coyles started their work with an application of overlay cement skim coat. They then engraved free-form leaf shapes using an angle grinder with a diamond blade, followed by chemically staining the slab and leaves. The leaves received several applications of stain to highlight. Colors included amber, reddish brown, terra cotta, black, and green. The Coyles also created a bench using 5-gallon bucket “forms” to cast the tree-stump legs. The bench top was made with a countertop mix incorporating glass aggregates and a geode embedded into a corner to add interest. They created the campfire pit and logs using vertical overlay cement.