Outdoor landscape – DIY sidewalk

September 10, 2014

Here we are again… everyone to the front! Okay, so we’ve got the front door covered, revived the sad front porch boards, ripped off the old nasty balcony, and now we need somewhere to walk. A DIY Sidewalk. Here’s how we started out… weeds and field stones.

Get some curb appeal with this easy DIY sidewalk!

My DIY Sidewalk

Not so pleasant to look at, or on your feet — especially during the buggy Summer season. And, again the budget was small, so no flagstone, poured concrete, or stamped cement for us…

This sidewalk DIY looks so easy, even I can do it! Gravel path and sidewalk blocks.

But, it’s no worries when you have crushed limestone and charcoal sidewalk blocks! Super friendly on the wallet, and our little DIY sidewalk turned out great! The blocks were about $12/pce, and we spend another $100 on the limestone gravel.

This DIY sidewalk looks so easy, even I can do it! Gravel path and sidewalk blocks.

An evening spent with our shovels, workin’ our HUUUGE muscles, and we were set. The crushed limestone gravel is the best because it actually compresses down, and hardens into place for a nice sturdy feel underfoot.

This DIY sidewalk looks so easy, even I can do it! Gravel path and sidewalk blocks.

The grey colour was a great match to our black accents and natural wood vibe, and it didn’t compete with our existing red fireplace brick.

Plus, it created the perfect line to follow for planting some new shrubs!

This DIY sidewalk looks so easy, even I can do it! Gravel path and sidewalk blocks.

Which hopefully (fingers crossed!!) will end up looking a little bit like this >> in the Summers to come?!This DIY sidewalk looks so easy, even I can do it! Gravel path and sidewalk blocks.

<< That’s some skilled photoshopping, isn’t it? You’re impressed… riiiight?

This DIY sidewalk looks so easy, even I can do it! Gravel path and sidewalk blocks.

I have appreciated this simple little sidewalk project more than I ever would of thought! It’s the perfect path to the side of the house where the vegetable garden is growing (surprisingly!)

This DIY sidewalk looks so easy, even I can do it! With gravel path and sidewalk blocks. Wood porch with DIY wood columns for a rustic outdoor look.

Not too bad for a little DIY project. Shows you don’t always need to bring in the big guns for a little bit more function… and pretty.

This DIY sidewalk looks so easy, even I can do it! With gravel path and sidewalk blocks. Wood porch with DIY wood columns for a rustic outdoor look.

Let’s see where we’re at with that dandy curb appeal list:

  • Change Door
  • Paint Door
  • Replace Sand down, and reuse porch deck boards
  • Clad the spindly columns with wood
  • Rip up rotted upper balcony
  • Replace balcony floor with a waterproofing solution
  • Replace balcony spindles
  • Build a walking path along the front of the house
  • Plant shrubs
  • Replace porch light
  • Replace upper balcony lighting
  • And, use my handy magic eraser to ditch the nasty stains from the siding (yep, we have more stain spots).

Getting there! Good thing too as Autumn is closing in fast! (I used my furnace today — Brr!)

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