How to Affordably and Easily Color Landscaping Bricks and other Concrete

Add a splash of color to your home landscape by staining the concrete walk, bricks or pavers in the garden. By using readily available water-based products, the do-it-yourself homeowner can change the plain gray concrete to match or contrast with the existing hardscape. Unlike acid-wash processes, this solution does not require acid, ammonia or other potentially toxic ingredients to color the concrete.

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Painting concrete pavers gives a patio a unique appearance.

Step 1

Mix the trisodium phosphate, or TSP, with water according to the manufacturer's directions. Scrub the concrete or concrete pavers with the TSP mixture and a stiff brush. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Allow to dry.

Step 2

Apply two coats of concrete sealer over the concrete or pavers using a roller or paintbrush, according to the manufacturer's directions. Let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat. Let the second coat dry completely.

Step 3

Mix equal parts of the sealer, the exterior paint and water in the 5-gallon bucket.

Step 4

Hang the bucket grid on the inside of the 5-gallon bucket.

Step 5

Roll the paint roller into the paint and up and down the grid, removing the excess paint mixture.

Step 6

Roll over the concrete, applying an even coat of the translucent paint mixture. Allow to dry. If you want a darker color, add another coat of paint.

Step 7

Touch up around the edges of the concrete with the paintbrush.

Step 8

Roll three coats of concrete sealer over the stained concrete. Allow each coat to dry completely before walking on the finished surface.


Ruth de Jauregui

Ruth de Jauregui

With degrees in fine and commercial art and Spanish, Ruth de Jauregui is an old-school graphic artist, book designer and published author. De Jauregui authored 50 Fabulous Tomatoes for Your Garden, available as an ebook. She enthusiastically pursues creative and community interests, including gardening, home improvement and social issues.