Faux Brick Walkway

4 Materials
$25
1 Week
Easy

I saw article this in one of my Dad's Handyman Magazine Issues many
years ago, tore it out, saved it and have wanted to do it ever since. It was a great way to tie in the sidewalk with my salvaged brick edging and makeshift "sitting area" under the Arbor.
I hosed the walkway with high pressure from my garden hose.

The article said to use special  cement paint. I just tweaked the materials a bit to make less expensive.

The next day I got a large jar, went through my craft paints and leftover paint house I picked up at garage sales - oranges, reds, browns, etc.
I mixed them all really well up to resemble brick color. Not to bad eh?
You can see the jar in this photo.

The magazines directions were to use a 6'' roller. I have a 6'' roller but thought sponges may be easier since I could cut them to any odd size when needed or I got to an edge. Enter Dollar Tree sponges.
This is the original article I kept for so many years! I still have it! LOL
With weather in the 100's it took longer than planned,
too hot to work on during the day.
So I worked on it a little each morning
I was usually able to get a section done a day.

It didn't turn out perfect which is good.
I wanted it to blend with the rest of my salvaged brick ''patios''
and garden edgings that I put together like a jigsaw puzzles with: cemented together clumps, cement left on, halves and pieces of bricks from my Dad's used brick pile.
I ended up putting one coat of cement sealer on which I was torn about. I wanted it to develop that worn look, but was afraid that when it got to the look I wanted, I'd never get around to putting a sealer on.

I got up at 5am to put that coat of sealer on it while it was only 80*.
It started sprinkling half way through!
 I ignored it and finished.
The sprinkling didn't amount to much
but I think Mother Nature doesn't like me!

Next :

the driveway?

Maybe someday! 
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

Upgrade Your Backyard With These 30 Clever Ideas
These Clever Decor Ideas Are So Perfect For Summer
31 Gorgeous Homemade Candle Ideas You're Going to Want to Try
Does Your Staircase Need an Update?
Cuddling Up At Home With A Bottle Of Wine? Then Try These Projects!
Get The Outdoor Space You've Always Dreamed Of With These DIY Ideas
22 Homemade Soaps You Can Give As Gifts All Year Round
Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

3 of 11 questions
  • Glenda Camp
    Glenda Camp
    on Jan 31, 2019

    I was wondering if you could do this on wood? I’m thinking of doing my deck in the back. I was thinking of using a stencil but a sponge might be easier.

  • Carol Harris
    Carol Harris
    on Jan 31, 2019

    did you tape it first? or just free style? it looks so good.

  • Donna M
    Donna M
    on Jul 20, 2019

    This looks really awesome. Could you do something simulating ceramic tile inside the house. You know, with paint?


    • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
      Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
      on Jul 21, 2019

      I don't see why not. That would look awesome! Great idea. I've been thinking of ripping my carpet out of my living room and hall, like I did in my bedroom, ( you can see it on my page), you just gave me an idea

Join the conversation

4 of 192 comments
Your comment...