Painting stepping stones to liven up your garden or the path to your home can involve the whole family. Customising your stones with concrete paint or patio paint allows you to blend the stones into a theme, to make them stand out, or to just add character to your walkway. Stepping stones are easy to prepare for paint, and after a few hours' work, you'll have a fresh new look that will last for years. In areas that see heavy foot traffic, just repaint the stones as needed.
Select a colour or several colours of paint for your stepping stones. You can purchase concrete paint at most building centres or paint stores, and employees can usually tint it to the colour you need.
Scrub the stepping stones with a mixture of mild soap and water or distilled vinegar to remove dirt and other surface contaminants. Anything left on the surface will end up in the paint, so take the time to clean the stones thoroughly.
Allow the stepping stones to dry. The stones must be completely dry before you paint them, so don't rush this step. Let them sit in the sun or in a heated shed or garage if the weather is bad.
Paint the surface of the stepping stones in even coats. Don't try to apply all the paint in one coat--spread it out over several thinner coats to get a smooth, even finish.
Allow the paint to dry between coats. The drying time for patio paint will differ from that of concrete paint. Check the instructions on the paint or with the associate at the store where you bought the paint to be sure that you know the proper drying time.
Let the paint dry for 24 to 48 hours before walking on the stones. If the stones are already in the ground, put up some stakes and rope off the area so the stones stay protected until they are completely dry.
If you need to repaint your stepping stones, leave them in the ground, scrub them with a wire brush to remove loose paint, and paint them in place. Painting stepping stones with high-quality concrete paint will eliminate the need to seal them. The paint is weather resistant and should stand up to the elements.