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 MyHomeIdeas: Claudia 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!
Looks Fabulous! not tacky. I’m totally going to do mine! Thinking the slate grey color.
OMGosh….I love this idea….do you put a coating over it after painting it though to protect it?
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.
Can’t wait to try this
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.
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.
What kind of paint are you all using?
I did this after painting gray first then making the red bricks. Looked great and lasted 5 years before I had to touch up.
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.
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.
I have a red brick house and an ugly concrete sidewalk. This would look great. Doing different colors are a great idea to go with your house colors. I love this idea!
For us, who don’t have steady hand, I’d try painter’s tape and then use a regular roller. It seems time consuming but enjoyable.
I love this idea…just told my husband, summer project. He liked it too, because we have been planning to brick our tiny front porch and walkway. So much cheaper and looks great.
Love it. So simple too.