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Old 05-31-2015, 07:37 AM
 
Location: South Raleigh, NC
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I posted an earlier thread about how I asked for a certain walkway and a different one was installed. That issue with the contractor has been solved, but I am left with the walkway I have.

The color (grey) of the new walk doesn't match or blend well with the brick steps. In fact, I think they clash somewhat. Is it possible to put on some kind of paint that might change the color - maybe some antique burgundy/brown combination? Is that a good idea or a bad idea? Here is the walkway.



If there is a paint option, what kind should I use, and how should I apply it to make it look good? Any suggestions on how to proceed from here will be appreciated!
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:59 AM
 
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How to Paint Outdoor Brick Pavers

How to Paint Outdoor Brick Pavers | Home Guides | SF Gate
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I've painted pavers before. I don't recommend it! They look awful after a winter or two, even with the proper techniques and paint. That's a nice looking walk. Don't wreck it.

Several ideas:

1. Get two brick reddish planters. Trim back those bushes and set them near the stairs. That draws the eye away from the contrast of the grey sidewalk. The steps and the two planters make a strip of red. You could also plant some red flowers in them.

2. Cover the steps in the middle with gray outdoor carpeting.

3. Plant some red flowered plants along the walk.

4. (Last resort) Add a "border" of bricks or a thin line of red gravel that matches the steps.

Added: Something quick and cheap -- cut back the bushes and make "beds" around them. Add the brick red mulch.
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:16 AM
 
Location: South Raleigh, NC
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Great ideas Meemur....reading now need4speed. Thanks
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: NC
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I would extend the 'new' walkway to make it wider by using some sort of brick, equivalent in color/size to that of your steps. That would tie it all together.
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: South Raleigh, NC
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2. Cover the steps in the middle with gray outdoor carpeting.
What kind of outdoor carpeting are you talking about?
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Deep 13
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I would try a concrete dye/stain before paint. Maybe it would tint it enough so it won't stand out.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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What kind of outdoor carpeting are you talking about?
Fleet Farm sells outdoor carpeting on rolls. It goes on steps to provide traction. I've never used it! I've just seen it. My thought was something like that would cover a lot of the red. It may not work for stone steps, though.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I wouldn't suggest painting them it never stands up for long and will look terrible.

I have used stain to darken cement blocks used to build walls but that too eventually faded away.

I think your best bet it is to tie your new walkway in with your brick steps like others have suggested. It could be as easy as adding a row of bricks at the beginning and end of the path or best along the sides.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:40 AM
 
Location: WA
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I would try a concrete dye/stain before paint. Maybe it would tint it enough so it won't stand out.
Yes, and there are specialists that do a great job... it can be done diy but it is nice to have someone that has already learned the lessons.
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