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! 

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  • 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?


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  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Apr 29, 2021

    What a grand idea and it looks gorgeous!

  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Jun 19, 2021

    I have no outdoor space but I do admire your project. I will save the idea for 'if anything comes up where I could use it'. I like the sponge idea because it can be done without a stencil, which makes the project much less daunting and meticulous, yet you achieved a very attractive pattern.

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