How to Paint Paving Slabs

How to Paint Paving Slabs

This was a fun experiment and I will 100% do it again. I have written this blog called “How to Paint Paving Slabs” as I was getting so many hits on my YouTube channel video, I thought that it must be of interest.

Painting slabs is easy if you use the right materials and do the prep. Here’s my video from June 2019.

How to Paint Paving Slabs

I used four vibrant colours from the French Alfresco range, this is a paint that you can use inside and out, it doesn’t need any sealer and the magic is that it is a water-based formula!

I wasn’t worried about colours as this was a temporary fix ( still there a year later ) but, I have to say I was rather pleased with the result.

I swept away any debris and, its advisable to wash them down before painting, I didn’t as these concrete slabs were brand new. Older slabs may have algae and other contaminants – make sure you prep properly or you’ll likely regret it.

A mini paint roller with a foam sleeve was used to apply the paint, it went on like a dream and covered perfectly in one coat, these concrete slabs are a nice porous texture, not too rough, not too smooth, perfect for painting.

The paint is water-based so in normal conditions, it will dry in 20 minutes or so, however, Alfresco paint needs to cure, so ideally you need to leave it a good week before exposing it to anything like pressure washing or heavy traffic. How to Paint Paving Slabs.

There are other paints available that will do a similar job, Dulux Weathershield is very effective. I prefer to use the multisurface paint such as Frenchic, it can be used on various surfaces like a UPVC door.

Dulux Multisurface Paint for Painting Slabs

Questions about painting your patio slabs

Does it last?

Yes, i painted these slabs a year ago, they are still looking like the day I painted them, it is a heavy traffic area. The paint typically comes with a six year guarantee.

After 11 Months
Painted slabs

Does it make the slabs slippery?

It definitely did not on the ones I painted but I’d recommend you do a patch test before going to Town! Different slabs have different textures, one thing is for sure, it will be less sloppy than wooden decking in winter.

Could it get hot?

Good question, I suppose dark colours might be hot to walk on, I’d probably avoid a dark grey but again, do a patch test and see what happens when you put a painted slab in direct sunlight for a day.

Do they need sealing?

No, not if you use the paint recommended here, Dulux multisurface or Frenchic Alfresco. There are others and you can even use standard chalk paint by adding Polyvine to it. I’ve used several chalk paints like this, something like Vintage with Grace works really well.

Add Polyine if Using Standard Chalk Paint

If you’re feeling really brave, you could even add some stencilling to your painted slabs. Look what AcciSsej did with the concrete path in her front garden.
She said it took her 24 hours to complete which is quite impressive.

Slabs before paint stencil
Before the painting and stencils.

After slabs painted stencils
After the painted stencils, what a transformation that is. Stunning.

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Upcycle Books

Learn to Upcycle the Old School Way

Read a book!

Upcycle Books

There are millions of YouTube videos to watch and it is, without doubt, the best way to learn something, well, if the videos are well made.
However, there is still a place for the good old fashioned book, when you’ve had enough of looking at screens and stupid adverts that keep popping up, get a book, a coffee and just sit in a quiet space.
There are some super upcycling books out there, very useful for getting ideas and inspiration. Below is a link to Amazon with a list of books all about upcycling, go and treat yourself.

Upcycle Books on Amazon

furniture makeover upcycle books

“Transforming old and worn furniture into a gorgeous, modern statement piece can be intimidating, but Jen Crider makes it easy with step-by-step tutorials anyone can do. This book is packed with ingenious, approachable projects to turn old chairs, tables, sofas and more into gorgeous furniture. Jen’s style fits right in to today’s farmhouse decor, making the book appealing to a wide audience. Unbelievable before and after photos will blow readers away, especially when they learn how simple it is to create the effects themselves. Beginners can dive right in with quick tricks and techniques like applying stain for a luxury wood finish and using paint to make details pop. More advanced projects are accessible to all-levels with Jen’s super helpful step-by-step instructions and photos. With plenty of tips on selecting and repairing furniture, it’s easy to get started. Learn how to give a second-hand table that perfectly weathered antique look. DIY enthusiasts won’t believe how easy it is to reupholster seat cushions, benches, armchairs and more. Give any room a special handmade touch in just a few hours and on a budget with 25 exciting techniques. Before long, readers will be impressing friends on social media with their own amazing before and after shots. This book will have 25 makeovers, each with a styled photo plus about 5 step-by-step photographs” Source: Amazon

Furniture flipping, upcycling, furniture painting, makeovers, thrift finds – whatever you call your hobby or business, there are books out there for you. Whether you are looking for hints or tips on making money from upcycling or you simply want to learn new skills, reading a book is still a great way to learn.

If I haven’t sold you on books and you’re here for some amazing how-to upcycle videos then fair enough, this is “Upcycle TV” after all!

Here is my How-To-Upcycle playlist on YouTube

The playlist begins with Jack making a ladder from scrap wood, the funny thing about this video is that Jack doesn’t know what anything is called – See if you can spot how many times he says “one of these” LOL, all jokes aside, its very important to get the younger generations involved with upcycling and this is a great little project with a fantastic end result so well done Jack.


BBC’s The Repair Shop is a place where Britain’s most skilled and caring craftspeople rescue and resurrect items that owners thought were beyond saving. Their shared love of craft has helped hundreds of people recover and relive cherished memories, and inspired millions to rediscover their own prized possessions. The skill required to properly restore those items may be beyond most of us, but there are small things we can all do to care for the items we love the most. How do you replenish the stuffing in your child’s beloved, tatty teddy bear, for instance? Or remove a water mark left on your wooden table? What’s the best way to prevent your leather from cracking?

Direct from the Repair Shop’s ‘Workshop of Dreams’, this ‘make do and mend’ guide collects advice and stories from each of the show’s experts, to help you understand and care for those aging treasures and heirlooms around your house or gathering dust in the garage. Whether it’s wood, ceramics, leather or silverware, you will get to know your materials, tools and terms from Britain’s best, as the Repair Shop experts share their tips on restoring and conserving, reveal their favourite tools, and provide a series of small, manageable projects that help tackle the most common problems that occur in their given medium. Their book, like the show it accompanies, with help you safeguard your sentimental legacy for generations to come


decoupage a candel
Decoupage & Transfers
Decoupage & Transfers
Decoupage is a little tricky but lots of fun to do, in this video, I’ve used a napkin to make a basic candle into a very festive one!

Decoupage Using Napkins

Probably the most common way to decoupage is using napkins, you split the napkins to a single ply as they are normally three layers thick. Just use a fingernail to gently prize the layers about. Use a paintbrush or a cloth to apply a generous layer of glue, PVA is good, in the video above I used Frenchic finishing coat which also works really well as a glue.
Whilst the glue is still wet, apply your single ply napkin gently so that you don’t tear it or get any rips, some people like to use a piece of cling film to press over the top.
But as soon as your napkin is on in the correct location, all you have to do then is wait for it to dry and consider whether to put a top coat over it to seal it.

Decoupage Using Decopatch

Decopatch is exactly the same process as using napkins to decoupage so you can follow the instructions and video, the only difference is that Decopatch is produced for this use so no need to split plys and it’s made from tissue paper. There are some really lovely Decopatch designs to help you create some wonderful individual pieces.

Link to Decopatch Paper on Amazon: décopatch Pocket Papers Collection No.19

Using Transfers on Painted Furniture

Another great way to achieve stunning and unique furniture is to use transfers, a seller on Mel produces some incredible work using transfers, here is a recent piece for sale on Vintup completed by Mel.


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