Garden paths and stone walkways are absolutely gorgeous, especially when the spaces in between are filled with moss or other low growing plant life. A beautiful path might seem out of reach since flagstone and other paving materials can be quite expensive. However, an eye catching pathway can be made using plain concrete pavers, and it does not have to look ordinary. They are easy to decorate using common crafting supplies that are inexpensive and readily available.
If I had my own home, I would love to have a solid path from the back deck to the shed. For future reference, I have been thinking of creative ways to paint and decorate plain concrete pavers. With my creative ideas and the time it takes to decorate one of the most inexpensive solid materials available, the results can be amazing. Expand upon my ideas, or come up with some of your own. A beautiful yard does not have to be professionally landscaped or designed. Some of the most impressive properties were designed with creativity and inexpensive supplies.
Begin with Concrete Paint
Begin with a coat of durable primer and high quality paint when striving to decorate plain concrete pavers. Buy concrete primer and paint that will stand up to the weather and heavy foot traffic. Follow product application directions for best results.
Use Stencils to Further Decorate the Painted Pavers
After the base coat of paint dries, use stencils to further decorate the plain concrete pavers. Hold them in place with painter’s tape while sponging or spraying the designs. Let the paint dry for a minute or two before carefully removing the stencil and moving on to the next one.
Create a Pebbled Look with Oval Sponges
Another creative way to decorate plain pavers is with sponges and concrete paint. Create a pebbled look with three shades of gray or brown and three natural oval sponges. Keep in mind that you cannot make a mistake while using sponges to decorate concrete pavers. From a distance they will look very convincing and far more expensive than they really were, even if they are not consistent or perfect.
Creative Color Arrangement Ideas
If stenciling and sponging are steps that you do not want to take when striving to decorate plain concrete pavers, opt for a unique arrangement instead. For example, paint half of the concrete pavers solid black, and paint the others solid white. A combination of blood red and deep black also make a very eye catching display. Lay them in a checkerboard pattern to create a unique walkway that will look professionally designed. No matter which colors are used, the way in which the concrete pavers are arranged will make a dramatic difference over plain varieties.
Source: Personal and Professional Home Design, Crafting and Landscaping Experience