Stuff wears out. Like our young agile bodies. But the house still needs to be kept up. As we update I'm going for maintenance free so I don't have to paint every other year as my body gets older and older and less agile.
The weather takes a toll on cedar decks and walkways and it was time to paint for a quick fix (like the year before that and the year before that) or rip the small walkway out and do better.
Pretend you see a whole wood walkway still there. Brawn is not on the same schedule as me and my camera, so when he wants to start on a project, he does.
If you have been reading Bliss Ranch for a while you know my least favorite thing to do is paint. I don't like painting outdoors anymore than indoors. But as you can see, the cedar color of the post on the left was in need, as was touch up on the spindles and white gate to the right.
They were especially going to need to be painted after Brawn finished the concrete walkway he was making to match the landscaping stones. Who could have peeling paint next to something new and looking good?
No that is not my hairy leg.
Every bag of concrete is approximately one faux stones worth, and each bag is approximately $2.00 on sale. We used quick set concrete. No mold was used, just a man and his trowel to shape and form the way he wanted.
There is approximately $40.00 worth of walkway now in my yard. Much cheaper than a poured walk.
This is his work station.
He used empty sheet rock buckets, a drill with a mixing attachment, the broom part was just laying there and so was a jug of something that likely was on it's way to the trash.
He mixed, poured, troweled, and cut in the edges to prevent the stones from cracking in the winter. He had no rhyme to what he was doing, and said he was making it up as he went.
When he was done, clouds moved in to rain on his new concrete. He covered it with some plastic which bunched up and stuck to the wet concrete. But this was not an OH NO, it was an OH YES !
The bunched up plastic gave the new concrete a textured look, like stone would have.
Brawn put rocks from the surrounding landscape on each faux stone and used concrete stain to color it and mimic those real rocks. He has four colors of concrete stain.
If you look you can see the rocks on each stone - he did a pretty good job copying the colors - they are hard to see.
After the stain has dried, a wet look concrete lacquer goes on.
I will have more on the staining process in a future post with walkway #2.
The lacquer dries fast, and when it's dry you can start painting the posts and railing.
Unless you are me, then you wait a week because you hate painting and then pick the hottest day you can to start.
You also debate on putting long shots of the walkway up because you don't want to show where you stopped painting the railing (and secretly think you may never come back to painting it).
Look at the nice freshly painted white post and spindles, next to those fine looking concrete stones.
No those are not my feet but they are not Brawns either, and those ones are not hairy.
I have repeatedly told Brawn how much I love how it turned out. Bonus on the maintenance thing, the walkway will never have to be painted like the cedar did.
And if I am lucky I won't be the one to repaint the spindles and rail.
That is if I ever finish those in the first place.
Mo is on the left side sticking his doggy face in the picture because that spot is one of his favorite places to lay outside now - the concrete is shaded there and stays nice and cool. Sure wish he knew how to paint and I'd lay in the shade and watch him, then that part of the rail above on the left would also be bright white.
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