How to make my concrete sidewalk look better?


Just wanted an easy way to make it look better for a country style home.

q make my concrete sidewalk look better and deff diff
q make my concrete sidewalk look better and deff diff
  13 answers
  • Beth W Beth W on Sep 26, 2018

    Maybe power wash and add plants and country planters. I had great luck with Vintage colanders with low maintenance sedum and succulents

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 26, 2018

    Hi Renee. I'm Cindy. Have you ever given any thought to stencils. You could use a couple different colors and make it look just like flagstone. Very country.

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    • Renee Long Renee Long on Dec 25, 2018

      Awsome Cindy what would I need to do this because i so luv ur way of thinking ...

  • Mary Mary on Sep 27, 2018

    An option would be to add a border with brick to match the brick you have. Maybe plant lower perriennals in front of large bushes and plant a columnar evergreen on the other side with some perriennals or flowering shrubs. I think adding scale and balance with planting seeds and containers would help. Just remember not to close it off so it seems too tight. You may need to increase width of planting bed next to grass to achieve a look you would like. Good luck

  • Ouida0508 Ouida0508 on Sep 27, 2018

    Paving stones over the concrete walkway and extend the flower bed on the right for symmetry. That's my 2 cents.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Sep 27, 2018

    These are all great ideas. How about painted smooth rocks? You could have kids do them or do them yourself. Here are some other ideas.

    When you are done, please share with us!!

    • Renee Long Renee Long on Oct 02, 2018

      Oh most deff I can't wait to get started and I will send pics of finished product. Thank you very much hun..

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Sep 27, 2018

    I love the stencil idea! Go for it!

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    • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Nov 28, 2018

      You can make stencils with a printer and cardstock. There are lots of great ones available on the internet! Cut them out with an exacto knife on a scrap board.

  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Sep 28, 2018

    I would add some Lirope (varegated Monkey Grass) on either side of the walk to keep it low maintenance. I would only power wash the sidewalk when needed. If you stain it one must continue to freshen it up. I would also put a permanent tall grass behind the now potted plant on the right side of the deck in the first picture and possibly smaller round shrubs in front of the deck. Kill the existing weeds w/spray in the gravel and possibly freshen that up w/a little more gravel. If you want it to be a little more cheerful I would forgo the monkey grass on the left side of the walk and do some cheerful fat bunches of yellow day lilies such as Stella D' Oro, Going Bananas or Happy Returns. Another suggestion rather than the day lilies would be the drought tolerant Nandina that is lime green in the Spring and a beautiful Fall color in the winter possibly three for contrast.. Grasses thicken so you might want to widen the bed on the right or place the grass where it would have room to grow and doesn't obstruct the walk. Good luck!

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 03, 2018

    There is nothing wrong with the walkway - you need to spruce up what is surrounding it. I recommend some low growing annual flowers and dark mulch to contrast with the light color of the cement. I find that contrast works really well with almost every design element -- that two items side-by-side should contrast with each other for maximum impact.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Oct 03, 2018

    Renee, this is what I did to mine and I love it.

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    • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Dec 25, 2018

      Renee, it's been so long since I did mine I can't remember any information on coloring. I bought mine at Home Depot. At the time they only had two different shades of brown, and I used the darker one. They probably have more colors now. I do remember putting a clear sealer over it, and it was so pretty, looked wet all the time. We don't live there anymore, so I can't tell you how it held up, but it was done four years before we sold the house and it still looked very pretty. Good luck!!

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Oct 08, 2018

    Lots of great suggestions that I would only repeat...I would remove that potted palm to the porch in a nice corner or possibly next to your front door if it looks good the bricks lining both sides of the walkway...we did that with larger stones all over our front property to delineate planting areas....and after planting our shrubs, used brown mulch to fill in to hold moisture for the plants...all has held up for over 23 years....just take it one section at a time...we did and every year we tackled another section until it all came together...much work but it is so worth it for visual property values will increase with time...

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 08, 2018

    Maybe boarder it with pretty stones eather white or brick type

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Oct 11, 2018

    Hi, Renee, This is not a difficult one at all, what I'd do: Give your porch, steps and sidewalk a good wash, let them dry, then paint the porch and steps a soft brown or grey (leave the rails white, they look nice.) After that's all done, give your Boxwoods on the left a nice trim and cover the ground around them with mulch or rock.

    On the right, put in two or three perennials with a low ground cover between them (sedum is a good choice in any area). After that's all done, put your Fern on the porch and take pictures for us to see how pretty it all is. Whatever you do, it will be special to you!

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Oct 12, 2018

    You can paint it. Concrete paint comes in several different colors. There is also textured paint.