How to Match Garden Paver Color: A DIY Guide from TikTok

How to Match Garden Paver Color: A DIY Guide from TikTok

If you have ever encountered mismatched paving stones in your garden, you know how distracting they can be. Unfortunately, finding pavers that match the rest of your garden can be difficult at times. However, there is a cheap and easy way to fix this problem. All you need is a can of matte spray paint that matches the color of your garden pavers. 

Whether it’s due to damage to a couple of your paving stones or simply that you can’t find the same set you used before, there are many reasons why you might end up with mismatched stones. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for a path with different hues. You can easily solve the problem by spraying the mismatched stone with the color of your original set. 

To ensure that everything looks professional, you should also clean your stones before painting them. Wiping new stones with a damp cloth may be enough. However, if they have been exposed to the elements and have gathered dust, you may want to clean them with a pressure washer or a mixture of water and vinegar. Just make sure that the cleaning agent won’t damage the stone. Once the stone is clean and you have the paint, you are already halfway there. 

Spray the mismatched stones the color of the originals


Easy DIY Hack Landscaping #fyp #foryou #gardenersoftiktok

♬ original sound – Grants Outdoor

When it comes to selecting a spray paint for your paving stones, the chief thing to keep in mind is that it should be as close to the color of your original paving stones as possible. It should also offer a similar sheen — which, for a paving stone, is generally a matte option. Again, you’ll have to make the call based on what your particular stones look like; one option is Krylon’s All-In-One spray paint, available at Walmart for just under $7. That said, if you have paint left over from a past project that you think might work, you could always use that instead.

Once you have the paint you want to use, simply spray the cleaned mismatched paving stones with it. If you’re planning on putting them into a sunny spot, it’s not a bad idea to weatherproof the outdoor fixture using something like Krylon’s UV-Resistant Clear Coating, which is not quite $22 on Walmart’s website. That’ll protect the newly painted stone from being damaged by the sun, which could lead to discoloration — the last thing you want when you’re trying to keep your pavers from looking mismatched.

When everything looks cohesive and you’ve weatherproofed, it’s time to put the stones back into place. Ideally, they’ll look seamless enough that no one will ever know you had to paint the stones yourself.

You may need to spray your original pavers, too

A paved garden path

Joe Techapanupreeda/Shutterstock

Not managing to find the perfect shade of spray paint that helps all your pavers blend seamlessly? No problem. If worse comes to worst, you can always create the impression that everything came from the same set by repainting the originals, too.

It’s likely your original paving stones have been exposed to the elements way longer than your new, mismatched additions, so be sure to clean them thoroughly to ensure the paint goes on as evenly as possible. Then, go through the same process you did for the other pavers. One thing worth keeping in mind is that it’s easier to go darker than it is lighter, so opt for something at least one shade darker than the darker pavers, be they the originals or your newer additions. The lighter stones may also need a coat or two extra for everything to be the same shade.

Once everything has been painted the same shade, you can place your pavers as they were, or get innovative with them and create a whole new walkway design. And, the great part is, if you decide to add more in a few years, you won’t need to worry about finding perfectly matched pavers. Not bad for a can of spray paint and some UV protection.

Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.