DIY Idea: Paint Your Own Faux-Brick Sidewalk!

created at: 05/29/2011

Concrete sidewalk getting you down?  Spruce that bad boy up with this simple DIY idea!   

Some paint and a mini roller (and a steady hand) are all you need to turn boring concrete sidewalks into inviting brick pathways.

From MyHomeIdeasClaudia Darr mixed a batch of brick-red paint and rolled it right onto a concrete walk. After painting a 100-foot-long path in an afternoon, she was so pleased with the results that she went on to faux brick her entire driveway.

What do you guys think?  Clever?  Tacky?  Would you go with a cottage-appropriate red or modernize this idea with a different color (I'm thinking a dark slate grey could look pretty cool in the right setting)?  Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

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Anonymous on Sep 04, 2015:

Practice process on cardboard. Paint a background color that will look like grout. Use a large rectangle sponge to cover area. Don't make a perfect pattern. Some variance will produce a better look. Apply different pressures to produce "real" looking bricks. After drying take smaller sponge, tear parts out and dip in green moss color. Apply randomly and less is more on first application. Makes the whole project look real. Be sure to use some grit to avoid slippery surface. When completely dry cover with clear protective coating. Make sure all products are for outdoor concrete.

Anonymous on Jul 14, 2015:

I have a walkway up to the front entrance and some left over dark slate gray porch and patio paint from Behr. Perfect, I think this will awesome, I will start with a few and see how it goes, then if it works complete and seal with a concrete sealer. The possibilities are endless:) thanks for sharing.

bonnie on May 14, 2015:

I did this after painting gray first then making the red bricks. Looked great and lasted 5 years before I had to touch up.

Kay on Jan 30, 2015:

What kind of paint are you all using?

Dena on Jan 10, 2015:

Same question....have outdoor covered patio that I would like to add some character to.  Don't want to do this only for it to end up looking worn and worse than the plane concrete in 2-3 years.

Mary on Jan 07, 2015:

I did the same thing on the foundation of my garage in Idaho,, It was a boring gray that I had to look at out my kitchen window, I used a Large Sponge the size of a Brick and did the whole thing,, turned out great and people thought it was brick. 

Barbara on Aug 18, 2014:

Can't wait to try this

Dina on Jul 30, 2014:

I did a brick pattern on an old storage building in my back yard. This building already had overlapping ship lap wood siding. I made the brick effect with a large sponge (already brick sized), pretty easy. Used a rust red color and then went back later over Alternating bricks with a lighter color.

Staci on May 23, 2014:

OMGosh....I love this idea....do you put a coating over it after painting it though to protect it?

Anonymous on May 06, 2014:

Looks Fabulous! not tacky. I'm totally going to do mine! Thinking the slate grey color.

Anonymous on Aug 23, 2013:

Can anyone share their photos?

Anonymous on Aug 16, 2013:

Thought you'd be good at this!

Marlene Dickey on Aug 06, 2013:

I painted a round red carpet with fringe on my patio in one night. House was on tour next day so HAD to get it done.  10 years later it is still there.  To make slate look, get some tape and do random "slate pieces" and then use H&C Semi-Transparent Decorative Stains which has color variation in it to make it look real.  That's my next project.

Anonymous on Jul 10, 2013:

Charming and creative...love it!

Nancy on Jul 08, 2013:

I did this on a very large patio using a brick shaped sponge. It came out very nice and has been used for quite a few years.
I made eating areas and paths, separated by gardens. It was very
easy to stamp out the brick with a sponge, but I'll try the roller next time.

Noreen on Jul 03, 2013:

Love it!

JudyNepolis on Jun 20, 2013:

Judy.. what do yo think about useing stucco painted on for the bricks? Colored. The stucco. Looks so good.

Rob Hughes on Apr 07, 2013:

If you add double boiled oil to red oxide paint it shines when applied akdo makes shower proof when dry

Anonymous on Apr 01, 2013:

Silly question, but gotta ask...wonder if this would work on blacktop??


Denise F. on Mar 29, 2013:

I have cobble stone on either side of a cement walkway all leading up to a porch, any color and style ideas?

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