Made this canopy to cover the bar/seating area this weekend (July 2014). Nice shade! It will do until we can build a nice wooden structure over the entire patio.....lol, in about 20 years or so. The bar top we made in 2013 worked great, needs a little sanding and more sealer, but we love it!
This is a nice texture as well. If you're on a budget, and you want to give the wall a concrete flavour of wood, use planks on cement to create this texture? then have strips of copper between the 'concrete planks' to accentuate it. Ties in with the whole hidden in plain sight idea.