DIY Idea: Paint Your Own Faux-Brick Sidewalk!

By: Capreek May 30, 2011

created at: 05/29/2011

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

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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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Can't wait to try this

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.

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

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

Can anyone share their photos?

Thought you'd be good at this!
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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.

Charming and creative...love it!
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.
Love it!
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Judy.. what do yo think about useing stucco painted on for the bricks? Colored. The stucco. Looks so good.
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If you add double boiled oil to red oxide paint it shines when applied akdo makes shower proof when dry

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

 

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

I love this look, great idea.  Using a sponge sounds like it might be a little easier since it's already in the correct shape and would make all the bricks uniform in size.  For the person that used tape....what type of tape did you use that would stick to the concrete without lifting up?  I don't know if painters tape would work and plus it would be pricey.

I painted an inside mural for a shop that specified stone blocks. Heaps of fun, very convincing and transformational for the owner :)

Why not create a brick stencil it would be faster and easier. Don't forget to seat it when dry.

We are actually in the process of doing something similar, using a roller we first painted the concrete grey, then used masking tape to dived the 'bricks' for the edge measuring them to be the same, and then made larger squares in the middle as 'tiles'. We then got a contrating colour and rolled this over the top of the lot, so when the tape is removed it looks like grouted tiles. We found the top colour we used was too light for what we wanted so we then went over with a sponge with the grout colour and made a stippel effect. A little more time consuming perhaps but worth the effort :)

 

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my question is, do you have to prime the concrete, Or do you have to make it really clean first, or what? I have a 14 by 24 sun porch with concrete floor that I would love to do this to.

She looks so happy - she's making me believe this wouldn't be as frustrating as it seems! :)

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