Stepping Stone / July 5, 2018 / Christine.
Along with the different varieties of stepping stones for sale at your local home store there are countless different ways you can arrange these stones in your yard for a unique entrance to your home that fits your personality. Experiment with different shapes patterns or perhaps a mix and match a variety of sizes or types of stone for a fun look.
Normally there are 3 types of base material used depending on the use of the stone. Regular concrete is used most often when a stone is actually part of a pathway and decorations such as small mosaic tiles or colored stones are used for visual effect. Stepping stone concrete is used when a more intricate pattern (or 3d effect from a mold) is used. It is finer grained so there is less likely to be an air pocket in a detailed area. Finally there is plaster of paris; it is VERY fine grained and will hold the best detail of all; but lacks the strength necessary to hold up under harsh weather or traffic conditions. Garden stepping stones of this material should be ornamental only and in an area protected from weather and harsh temperatures.
Would you like to build a path in your garden but dont want to rent a compactor or fuss too much with levels? Are you looking for a walkway thats attractive and durable? Why not try a pea gravel walkway with stepping stones? Its quick relatively easy to install and looks great. Another advantage of this type of path is that its quick and easy to change as well. If you want to change the way the stones are laid out or install new stones to change the look completely it can be done in an afternoon.
You will need a good sealer to make the board water proof go to your local paint or hardware store and get their opinion on the best product for your area. When you apply the sealer play close attention to the edges make sure they are completely sealed. I always use two to three coats. Now the fun begins start painting. You can use any water based paint in any color choice you want. I usually put a couple coats of paint especially the base color.