A Do-It-Yourself Pebble Concrete Pavement

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A Do-It-Yourself Pebble Concrete Pavement
Pebbles add colour and texture to concrete (NA/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Seeding pebbles over the surface of wet concrete adds visual interest to pavement. Creating an exposed pebble finish on pavement is a do-it-yourself task that only slightly increases the total cost of the project. Pebbled concrete forms a level, slip-resistant surface that suits driveways, walkways or patios. Choose smooth, colourful pebbles that complement existing colours in your yard.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Landscaping paint
  • Board
  • Shovel
  • Tamper
  • 3/4-inch aggregate
  • Measuring stick
  • 2-by-4 inch boards
  • Screws drill
  • Wooden posts
  • Concrete mix
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Paddle
  • Drill
  • Gauge rake
  • Wood board
  • Shovel
  • Pebbles
  • Broom
  • Breathable fabric
  • Sealant
  • Roller brush

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  1. 1

    Measure the area and add 3 inches to the sides for the form boards. Outline the site with landscaping paint, tracing the side of a board so the lines are straight.

  2. 2

    Unearth the area with a shovel until there's an 8-inch-deep expanse with vertical walls. Press the bottom of a hand tamper over the surface so the loose dirt feels compact.

  3. 3

    Add 3/4-inch aggregate into the expanse and spread it with a shovel. Insert a measuring stick through the aggregate to the compacted subsoil. Tamp the aggregate and add more to create a 5-inch-thick base. The tamped base is flexible enough to buffer the concrete from ground tension and enable water to drain away.

  4. 4

    Fit 2-by-4 inch form boards against the inner walls and screw them together with a drill. Brace the boards with wooden posts around the outer perimeter.

  5. 5

    Mix concrete mix in a large wheelbarrow with water using a paddle and drill. The composition should be thick, but spreadable

  6. 6

    Pour the mixture over the base using a gauge rake to fill the corners and sides. Place a wood board on the wet surface and pull it back and forth to make it level.

  7. 7

    Lay decorative pebbles over the concrete with a shovel. Spread any small piles with a broom for even coverage. Lay a board over top and press the pebbles into the concrete. Wait about two hours so the surface can start to set.

  8. 8

    Push off the thin coating of cement paste around the sides of the stones with a soft broom. Expose only the top of the pebbles so they remain firmly embedded in the concrete. Hose off the cement you removed.

  9. 9

    Cover the pavement with moist, breathable fabric and keep it moist for a week.

  10. 10

    Seal the pavement with clear, penetrating sealant using a roller brush to guard against water damage and wear and tear.

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