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Stained Concrete Driveway Ideas

One of the best ways to increase your home’s curb appeal — and property value — is to give your worn-out, cracked, or faded driveway a concrete makeover! The sky’s the limit on the looks you can achieve, mimicking marble, stone, tile, or even wood, but at a fraction of the price.

Here are just a few of the many looks you can achieve when staining a driveway. We’ve got your back with the paver stains and tinted concrete sealers our customers utilized for their projects. Better yet, they’re passing on their staining tips to you!

Learn how to choose the best concrete stain product for your driveway renovation.

Staining 16-Year-Old Driveway Pavers

This Direct Colors customer ordered a trial kit after receiving super expensive quotes to replace their old, faded concrete pavers. After being successful with the kit, they ordered concrete stain and sealer. They were amazed at how well their DIY project turned out – even their neighbors took notice of their beautiful red concrete stain driveway!

Faded Driveway Concrete Pavers
Faded driveway concrete pavers
Faded driveway concrete pavers
Faded driveway concrete pavers
Restored Stamped Concrete Paver Driveway
Restored concrete paver driveway with Rust ColorWave stain
Rust ColorWave on Concrete Pavers Driveway
Rust ColorWave on Concrete Pavers Driveway

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 15 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 0.00 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    After 16 years, the pavers could not be save, and I received quotes of over $10,000 dollars to replace the pavers. I’m retired, after researching for a product to repair the pavers; I ordered a test kit. It did work so I ordered your product. Without no experience at all and following the directions, I applied your product, and it did a fabulous job; even my neighbors are in shock. I had recommended your product and some had took photos of the containers.
  • Personal Tips:
    I used a over 20 years old Wagner spray gun, it made the job easy and faster. Just follow the directions.

Direct Colors Products Used:
Direct Colors: ColorWave concrete stain water base and Acrylic Sealer high gloss water base.

ColorWave Rust
ColorWave Rust
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal Gloss

Amazing Concrete Driveway Makeover

Talk about a driveway facelift! That’s exactly what this DC customer gave their 15-year-old concrete paver driveway. They used paver stain, tinted sealer, and high-gloss acrylic sealer. It doesn’t even look like the same pavers, does it?!

Stained concrete driveway design
Driveway design with EasyTint Goldenrod and Portico Aztec Brown stains
Faded concrete driveway
Before
Faded Concrete Pavers
Before
Aztec Brown Portico Stain Accent Detail
Aztec Brown Portico Stain Accent Detail
Aztec Brown Portico Stain Accent Detail Frame
Stained concrete driveway design
EasyTint Goldenrod
EasyTint Goldenrod
Aztec Brown Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Aztec Brown
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Driveway Paver Discoloration Dilemma

This customer had had enough. Their paver driveway was looking a bit rough. Due to constant sun exposure and stains and spills over the years, it was time for an upgrade! Luckily, our tinted concrete sealer and acrylic sealer did the job. And my, what a fantastic job they did. Looks great!

Russet EasyTint on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint Application on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint Application on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint Application on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint Application on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Faded Driveway Concrete Pavers
Faded Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint Swatch
EasyTint Russet
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Beautiful Beige Concrete Stain on Driveway

Sometimes you don’t even need to make a huge change to improve the look of your broomed concrete. This customer chose EasyTint™ tinted sealer to refresh their concrete driveway. Subtle, but stunning!

Brushed Concrete Driveway
Before
Driveway Brushed Concrete - Buff EasyTint-
Buff EasyTint on Brushed Concrete Driveway
Buff EasyTint Swatch
EasyTint Buff
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Stunning Stained Pavers Driveway

Check out what this DC customer created with four different Portico™ paver stain colors. Then, they followed up that earthy color combo with some acrylic sealer. The pavers on the driveway almost match the porch – how cool is that?

Faded concrete paver driveway
Before
Portico Aztec Brown, Driftwood, Khaki, Terra, Yukon Gold stained pavers driveway
Portico Aztec Brown, Driftwood, Khaki, Terra, Yukon Gold stained pavers driveway
Portico - Driveway - Staining Photos Step by Step
Aztec Brown Portico Swatch
Portico Aztec Brown
Khaki Portico Swatch
Portico Khaki
Portico Terracotta
Portico Terracotta
Portico Yukon Gold Concrete Paver Stain
Portico Yukon Gold
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Streamlined Driveway Design on a Budget

Using gray concrete dye in two colors, our customer made some clean lines on their concrete driveway. Then, they finished up with EasySeal. It’s amazing what concrete dye powder can do to add some much-needed color!

Concrete Dye Patio Design - Light Slate, Stormy Gray and Black Concrete Dye sealed with High Gloss, Solvent-based Acrylic Sealer mixed with Anti-Slip Additive
Light Slate, Vibrance Dye Application
Concrete Dye Patio Design - Light Slate, Stormy Gray and Black Concrete Dye sealed with High Gloss, Solvent-based Acrylic Sealer mixed with Anti-Slip Additive
Stormy Gray Vibrance Dye Application
Concrete Dye Patio Design
Second Coat of Stormy Gray Vibrance Dye Application
Concrete Dye Patio Design
Concrete Dye Patio Design - Light Slate, Stormy Gray and Black Concrete Dye sealed High Gloss, EasySeal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Stormy Gray Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance Stormy Gray
Light Slate Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance Light Slate

Boring Brick Pavers are in the Past

These brick pavers underwent an impressive transformation when our customer decided to stain them. Our acrylic sealer sealed the deal (literally). We think that the red concrete stain really dresses up this once drab driveway!

Faded Driveway Concrete Pavers
Before
Crimson Portico Stain on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Crimson Portico Stain on Driveway Concrete Pavers

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 3 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 1200 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    My pavers were very discolored and I decided to stain them. I checked online and found Direct Colors. There staff was very helpful throughout the entire process. I ordered the sample kit a nd decided on the Crimson color and the satin acrylic sealer. All the products arrived on time and were packed very good.
  • Personal Tips:
    Make sure you check the weather report for the days you will be working and having the sealer dry.
    Take your time in pressure washing and preparing the surface test small areas first.
    Make sure you give ample time in the drying process.
    Use a deck sprayer and use the red tip for best results.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    Portico paver stain crimson
    Solvent based acrylic satin sealer

Other Products Used:
Used techniseal poly sand

Crimson Portico Swatch
Portico Crimson
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Unique Extended Driveway Design

Not wanting to have a traditional driveway extension like their neighbors, our customers chose acid stain and acrylic sealer. The extension actually sat unstained for about a year after installation before they decided to stain it! Finally, they were able to achieve the neutral look that they were aiming for with two acid stain colors.

Concrete Driveway
Before
Coffee Brown and Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stains on Concrete Driveway
Coffee Brown and Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stains on Concrete Driveway

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 4 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 200 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    My husband designed and installed a full concrete extension to the driveway because we did not want to go the traditional paver extension route that many of our neighbors do. It sat in its finished but unstained state for over a year before we finally decided to stain it! We knew we wanted a neutral look that wouldn’t argue with the exterior colors of the house, but that also wouldn’t clash with the cool-toned “blue” of the driveway pavers.
    After two rounds of trial kits to find the best color for our project, we originally decided that we would want to lay an all-over stain of Malayan Buff, with accents of Coffee Brown. Once things began to dry, however, we thought it needed to be darker. So we went through with another (heavier) coat of Coffee Brown to achieve the look we were hoping for!
    Finally after a few days of coating and dry time, we were able to seal and use!
  • Personal Tips:
    1. Definitely take the time and money to invest in a trial kit. You will want to see the colors in person and in their final state, and how the colors will compliment the surroundings.
    2. When using a pump-deck sprayer, be sure to begin each spray/trigger-pull off your project to avoid splatter marks. And use small circular motions to help diffuse any areas that appear too concentrated as you are applying.
    3. Use a two-man team if you can! Depending on your project, or look, it will be a lot easier to have one person laying down the base color while the second person is following with an accent color.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    1 Gal. Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stain x 2
    1 Gal. Coffee Brown EverStain Acid Stain x 1
    1 Qt. Cleaner & Degreaser Concentrate x 1
    1 Gal. Solvent Based Acrylic Satin Concrete Sealer and Paver Sealer x 4
    Scrub Brush x 1
    Pump-up deck sprayer x 2

Other Products Used:
Gloves
Respirator mask
Eye protection

Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Make it Pop with Eco Friendly Orange Concrete Stain

After tons of research to determine the best option for their previously stained driveway, our customer selected ColorWave™ water based stain. With a couple of coats of stain and solvent based concrete sealer, they were able to breathe life back into their faded driveway. That orange stain really pops!

Discolored concrete driveway
Discolored concrete driveway
Tangerine ColorWave water-based stain on scored concrete driveway
Tangerine ColorWave water-based stain on scored concrete driveway

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 5 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 1000 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    Driveway was previously stained and faded over time. I did lots of research and determined the best material to use was Colorwave stain and a solvent based sealer. After power washing thoroughly, I applied two coats of stain followed by two coats of sealer. Results are excellent.
  • Personal Tips:
    Make sure surface is properly prepared prior to applying stain and sealer.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    Colorwave and Easy Seal solvent based.

Other Products Used:
Ecological based stripper.

TANGERINE ColorWave Concrete Stain Color Swatch-High-Quality
ColorWave Tangerine
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

The Gray Zone

Whether it’s charcoal or silver, gray concrete stain gives your driveway a more finished look. Take a look at how these DC customers used Antiquing™ Stain and tinted sealer to spruce up their textured driveways.

Charcoal Antiquing Stain on Stamped Concrete Driveway
Charcoal Antiquing Stain on Stamped Concrete Driveway
Stamped Concrete Driveway
Charcoal Antiquing Stain on Stamped Driveway
Concrete Paver Circular Designs
Concrete Paver Circular Designs
Before and After Concrete Paver Stain Photos
Driveway Brushed Concrete - EasyTint Silver Gray
Silver Gray EasyTint on Brushed Concrete Driveway
Driveway Brushed Concrete - EasyTint Silver Gray
Silver Gray EasyTint on Brushed Concrete Driveway
Silver Gray EasyTint Swatch
EasyTint™ Silver Gray
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Redyeing Gray Pavers with Paver Stain

We love how paver stain helped even out the look of our customer’s gray concrete pavers. While subtle, it’s a great tool for hiding discoloration or imperfections.

Faded Concrete Paver Driveway
Before
Stained Concrete Paver Driveway
Silver Gray Portico Stain on Concrete Paver Driveway
Silver Gray Portico Swatch
Portico Silver Gray
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

No More Weathered Concrete Driveway

Silver tinted sealer helped revive the color on this customer’s covered driveway. Stains and discoloration are no longer the focus – what a great job!

Faded Concrete Driveway
Before
Driveway Brushed Concrete - EasyTint Silver Gray Stain-
Silver EasyTint Stained Concrete Driveway
Silver Gray EasyTint Swatch
EasyTint™ Silver Gray
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Creative Concrete Driveway Designs with Concrete Stain

Look at how these DC customers used acid stain, Antiquing™ Stain, and concrete overlay to make their driveways a bit more interesting. Can you believe that the stamped concrete driveway isn’t made of wood?! Sure looks like it!

Acid Stained Concrete Driveway
Coffee Brown & Malayan Buff EverStain acid stain design
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
Charcoal and Aztec Brown Antiquing Stains on Concrete Driveway
Charcoal and Aztec Brown Antiquing Stains on Concrete Driveway
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Charcoal
Aztec Brown Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Aztec Brown
Concrete driveway stained with Yukon Gold Antiquing Stain and Black EasyTint
Concrete driveway stained with Yukon Gold Antiquing Stain and Black EasyTint
Faux Wood Stamped Concrete Driveway
Faux Wood Overlay Stamped Concrete Driveway

A Veteran’s Concrete Acid Stain Design

We’re made in the USA! That’s why Direct Colors loves its veterans and their DIY projects. This customer used acid stain to dress up their driveway – and even incorporated an eagle and American flag design into the concrete!

Before Staining Concrete Floor - Brushed Concrete Driveway
Before
Driveway Brushed Concrete - EverStain Malayan Buff, Coffee Brown Acid Stains-
Coffee Brown & Malayan Buff EverStains on Brushed Concrete Driveway
Coffee Brown & Malayan Buff EVerStain on Brushed Concrete Patio
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Driveway Scored Concrete - EverStain Desert Amber, Malayan Buff, Cola Acid Stains
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain English Red
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain Desert Amber
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Driveway Brushed Concrete - Vibrance English Red Dye Stain-
English Red Vibrance Swatch
Vibrance English Red
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Concrete Acid Stain Driveway
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
Black EasyTint Swatch
EasyTint Black
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Antiquing stain, blended in spray bottle 50% Yukon Gold with 50% Golden Rod.
Goldenrod Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Goldenrod
Yukon Gold Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Yukon Gold
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
EasyTint Charcoal, Milano Red Driveway
Charcoal EasyTint Charcoal Swatch
EasyTint Charcoal
EasyTint Milano Red
EasyTint Milano Red
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Driveway Brushed Concrete - Cola EverStain-
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain English Red
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Driveway Concrete Pavers - Black, Crimson Portico
Crimson and Black Portico Concrete Paver Stains
Crimson Portico Swatch
Portico Crimson
Black Portico Swatch
Portico Black
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin