DIY Stamped Concrete Walkway by Redi-Mix Colors April 11, 2018 0 Uncategorized

Take your back yard game to a new level! Here’s how to create a beautiful decorative path using stamped concrete instead of bricks, pavers and stone. Stamped-cement is far less expensive than marble and just as aesthetically pleasing. A hand-stamped concrete walkway will look like it’s made from blocks with the right tools and a little patience.

Resurfaced Walkway Multicolored

Resurfaced Walkway Multicolored

Stained Concrete Stamped Concrete

Stained Concrete Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete Sidewalk

Stamped Concrete Sidewalk

Guide

  1. Chose the area for your walk way. Drive a 12” wooden stake 4” into the ground ever 2-4 feet around the perimeter. The inside edge of each stake should be positioned 2” from the desired edge.
  2. Remove grass and dirt inside and 6” outside the stakes. Dig down about 8” and grade the walkway to slope away from your house or other exterior structures at a rate of ¼” per linear foot.
  3. Create a stable base by tamping down ground and leveling across the path. Adjust soil level as necessary.
  4. Spread 5” of gravel across trench and hand tamp down to a level of 4 inches. Check with level and adjust with tamper as needed to fix any uneven areas.
  5. Line the entire walkway with 2 x 4’s lengthwise with 2” side on top of the gravel and 4” side pushed up against the stakes. This creates a form for the concrete.
  6. Attach boards to the stakes with 3” deck screws.
  7. Use hose to moisten the gravel evenly but avoid too much water.
  8. Beginning at the center, pour a 4” layer of mixed concrete continuing until the form is full.
  9. This step requires 2 people: Place a 2 x 4 across the width of form. Each person grasp one end of the board and drag it slowly along the length of the walkway to level or “screed” the cement.

 

Concrete Stamping

Concrete Stamping

Custom Stamped Concrete

Custom-Stamped Concrete

Concrete Stamping

Concrete Stamping

Stampable Concrete Overlay

Stampable Concrete Overlay

  1. Working in smooth even strokes, drag the bottom edge of a flat metal trowel back and forth across the surface to smooth the cement.
  2. Let sit for 2-3 hours until it begins to set and the water rising evaporates.
  3. Place an edger trowel between cement and form and drag slowly (lifting front end slightly) along the entire length to create a clean edge. Smooth out lines and repeat process along each edge of the walkway.
  4. 4’ from the end of walkway, place a 2 x 4 width-wise straight across walkway. Using a 1” inch groover trowel on the side of the board nearest the beginning of walkway, cut a 1” deep groove across entire width. Repeat this process to cut a control joint every 4 feet along walkway.
Stamped Concrete Driveway

Stamped Concrete Driveway Process

Stamped Concrete Driveway 2

More Stamped Concrete Driveway Process

Stamped Concrete Driveway

Stamped Concrete Driveway

  1. Dust the entire surface of the walkway with masonry power—be sure to wear a dust mask.
  2. Brush the release agent powder completely over the surface of two concrete stamps.
  3. Line stamp edges up with the inside edges of starting on one corner of the walkway’s front end. Drop the stamp into place on the concrete. Position the second stamp next to it. Repeatedly press tamper over the entire surface of each stamp to push it into the concrete. Remove first stamp placing it on the opposite side of second stamp. Tamp the stamp in place. Repeat this process, alternating the stamps across the entire width of the walkway.
  4. Leave the stamp at the end of the row in place. Move the second stamp to the top of the first, lining it up against the first stamp’s top edge and the inner edge of the wooden form. Drop in place and tamp down. Remove stamp from first row and place it beside stamp in the second row, lining it up with the top edge of the markings from the first row. Tamp in place. Repeat this process, working back and forth in rows, to stamp the entire walkway. Let concrete dry for two to three days.
  5. Spray walkway with hose to wash away any loose release agent powder. Allow concrete to dry completely for another seven days.
  6. Remove wooden form from ground with a pry bar.
  7. When concrete is fully dry, apply sealer over the entire surface of the walkway.Tip: *Always use Redi-Mix RMC stains to customize your walkway color and add to its allure.
Redi Mix Color Stamped Concrete Colors

Redi Mix Color Stamped Concrete Colors

 

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