Here’s what it looked like after we painted the door, added a new fixture, and potted plants.
It looked fine…great in fact. Well except for one little problem…
Cracked, old, dirty, and very boring concrete.
So I went on my merry way to Home Depot for some inspiration, and there in the spray paint aisle is where the angels sang, the sky opened and I was shown the light…
Okay not really, but I did do a happy dance down aisle two rattling my paint cans like maracas. True story.
What is that purple thing you ask? That my friends is a concrete stepping stone mold. Something I happened to pick up at a yard sale a few months ago for an entirely different project in mind, but when flipped upside down it just so happens to make a perfect stencil!
2 cans of each color-Rustoleum Hammered Finish Spray Paint (copper,brown,and charcoal)
Stepping Stone Mold
I started off by giving my concrete a good wash with the hose and bleach. Let it dry overnight, and then began to stencil away.
I kept rotating my mold to give the ‘stones’ a natural pattern, and I just painted them randomly. I didn’t think about a pattern or anything. I actually didn’t think too much about this project at all. That’s why it has such a real look to it I think.
Every once in a while I would mix the colors, and then take my brush and scrub them together. Again, trying to make it random, as in nature, no two stones are alike.
When I was finished it looked like this…
I waited around 12 hours and then painted over it with a clear drying concrete sealer.
Cost of spray paint- under $40
Cost of concrete mold at yard sale-$20
Cost of concrete sealer-$0 (already had it)
Seeing your neighbor from across the streets jaw hit the floor when he comes over to see what you’ve been doing the past couple of days- Priceless
It never stops amazing me what a little paint can do for a space.
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