We recently made some DIY concrete pavers for our side yard and are SO happy with them. We knew we wanted to color them somehow but weren’t sure what to use. I’ve stained concrete in the past, and it involved pre-treatment with muriatic acid, and then some sort of acid stain. It looked good, but that’s a lot of acid! Plus I didn’t want to have a bunch of leftover muriatic acid left in the garage. I wanted an easy way to stain concrete.
Another option was to color the concrete as we mixed it and we decided early on against this option. For one reason, it was just a solid color and the options were pretty limited. But the biggest reason was that it was really pricey (if you have read the DIY concrete paver post, you might remember the whole thing started with Mike’s grandstanding about it only costing “about 40 bucks and an hour of our time.”) So we were also looking for a very cost effective option since we were already in deeper than we anticipated. So…we wanted a cheap and easy to stain concrete.