Have you wanted create a beautiful backyard patio, but the cost was a hindrance? Well, I have been there, and this is what I did.
It’s no small secret that I would prefer to work on INTERIOR home decor, BUT my Sister is a talented horticulture landscaper and gave me the push I needed!
Let the brainstorming begin! I found that I kept gravitating towards this style stone:
This idea seemed ideal, the right size stone, but it had staggered lines, perfect! Next? Find the stones…
Well I found them alright…
I actually walked right past these concrete pavers the first time. I had seen these bad boys in action and they always looked dirty to me. They also had a brick red option, but that didn’t interest me at all.
After brainstorming for a while I decided to try an idea out. ” I wonder if I can stain these ?”
Turns out you can, happy day!
If you want to give it s a try , this is what I did :
I started by configuring what layout I wanted. I knew I did not want these to be laid out in perfect rows. I wanted there to be a little bit of variation. So, I cut out pieces of paper, and played around with different patterns. ( I know it is hard to tell from the pictures, but the gaps in my pavers do have variations to create a pattern.
Once I had decided on the size and shape of my new patio I got to work on staining/painting the pavers.
I would suggest, dividing your pavers up, for instance, I needed approximately 70 pavers, so I divided them up into 7 piles of 10 pavers.
I painted/stained 10 at a time. I would do one full set of ten in the same manner (COLOR, intensity, TECHNIQUE.) With the idea that I would have a variety of stones.
I used a variety of stains, I used 3 different color stains. ( Basically any that I had on hand.) Some pavers are all one stained color, others I layered with several colors. I also used some paint as well. I found that if you mix it with a little water it will act more like a stain.)
|(This picture doesn’t really do a great job showcasing the colors, but you can definitely see that there is a variety of colors.)|
I wish I had taken more pictures of the actual process of laying the pavers, alas I did not. So, I am emphasizing the idea of a “paver makeover”
However, when laying my own patio, I did reference a great tutorial I found over at “The Rodimels Family” Make sure to check it out!
|It’s coming along! ( I was using the hose to outline an idea for where the garden would be. )|
Ultimately I was very please with how the stones and the patio turned out! I was successfully able to create the look of a stone paver, for the cost of a concrete block. Happy day!
FYI: These pictures were taken a 1.5 years after I stained them, and we live in Florida where it rains OFTEN. Suffice to say the stain seems to hold up pretty well!
If you are considering a patio revamp, take a second look at the cheapy concrete pavers. You would be surprised at their potential!