Step 7: Paint the stones...

After you have placed your painting shield over the stone, lay your
doily of choice on top of the stone and give it a good coating of spray paint.
Be sure to focus on the tiny holes, but don't hold the paint too close, or there
will be blobs seeping underneath. A light mist around the edge, then the center,
then back around again, giving good coverage, but not too heavy.

Allow the paint to dry a bit, then carefully lift the doily out of the way, draping it
over something to allow any residual paint to dry on the doily.

Paint each stone, being careful not to step on them until they are completely dry.
I'm amazed! <br> <br> I told some people about doing this right after I saw your work. They had just put a walkway and they were skeptical to the idea because they thought it would look corny, <br> <br> So I showed them your pics. They were sold on it because they used the same stone in your examples. <br> <br>I am looking into the glow in the dark paint. I was even thinking of painting the address number on the driveway with the doily design and glow in the dark numbers over it. <br> <br> My issue is finding an assortment of vinyl/plastic doilies at a fair price. I also don't want to ruin those really nice lace ones. Any retailers you are privy to for doilies? <br> <br>Thanks again for sharing..
Dollar stores, free cycle, Salvation Army are good starts to find vinyl mats.
Hello Samgo, <br> <br>Thank you so much for such kind compliments! Oh, indeed, if I had doily sources, I would surely share them. Unfortunately, I only 'happened' upon this one at a second hand store, which I frequent. :-) <br> <br>You might watch out for them at yard sales, dollar stores and such. Our Walmart used to carry an assortment of lacy table covers, but now they are rather plain and ordinary. <br> <br>Keep in touch, and let us know how your house numbers go. <br> <br>:-) Karen
<p>Great idea and looks fabulous! Here's my 2 cents for the pot: One Halloween we used glow in the dark paint to paint faces on fake pumpkins. Of course we didn't use a shield while painting so got paint on the front porch. My 8 year old was helping and I didn't realize until later we also ended up with paint footprints the length of the sidewalk. We didn't have any solvent handy so just scrubbed the front porch spots as much as we could with a brush. The night of Halloween the trick or treaters all raved about the cool footprints leading them to our front door! LOL We decided not to wash away the footprints. After two years, the unscrubbed footprints on the sidewalk wore away but the scrubbed spots on the porch remained for more than 5 years. Scrubbing the wet paint made the paint sink further into the concrete and eliminated any paint sitting on top. The sidewalk footprints were all sitting on top of the concrete and wore away quickly.</p>
<p>What a great idea' Have to try it ' Thank you (:</p>
<p>very nice!</p>
<p>Fantastic! I want to try this now! :D</p>
Great Project, I loved it
Looks really professional.
Pretty! <br>
Thank you so much, Wowie!
Great idea and a neat look. Haunt thrift stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army stores for lace curtains, doilies and lace fabric.
Such a great idea!!! Thanks!!
Congratulations! Your creativity is astonishing!
Wow, that is quite a compliment coming from you, Creativeman! <br>You make my head swell! Thank you!
Well Done!
Rune Cutter, thank you! I truly appreciate the compliment!
Wow, FANTASTIC project! We've been talking about doing something with paving stones in our back yard, and I think we may have to adopt this technique for some of it. The final result is very striking!
Thank you so much! It has really changed the look of the corner of our yard. I've since incorporated the idea into several places about the gardens. It is so much fun deciding on colors, shapes, etc.
High-FIVE Wuvie! I love everything about this instructable!!!
Baja, Wow, coming from you, I am beaming with happy! Thank you so much!
How do you get 36000 views in only 7 days??? <br>Wow, baffles me!
Oh, that's easy. Just post the Colonel's eleven secret herbs and spices in the text somewhere...LOL. ;-)
I did do that, with no luck! <br>I must have missed a ingredient!
Hi there! Thank you so much!
cool idea, I like it. I'm thinking you could use leaves and vegetation instead of a doily also maybe.
Thank you so much! Love the mention of leaves and vegetation - fern leaves would be gorgeous!
Great idea, lookf fantastic! How about using old lace material, curtains, etc. Auto paint customizers have used this for effect for years!
Hi Simpleman, thank you so much!
had todig through the comments to make sure the old school airbrush art thing was covered. ;)
Oh, yes, lace material, curtains, etc. would be wonderful. Anything you are willing to sacrifice, as the item will become coated with paint. I'm very curious as to whether I can soak the vinyl placemat to remove the paint, though. I think it will work. :-)
Be careful of what solvents you use. The same ones that dissolve paint sometimes also have a chemical reaction with the vinyl.
Hi Silver! Oh, definitely. I'm just going to use hot, soapy water. :-)
So why not plant vinca major?? It's a nice groundcover! ;-)
LOL. Oh, it is nice. It is pretty. It is determined. <br> <br>Very determined.
My husband uses Simple Green to soak paint off of his plastic and resin miniatures when he doesn't like the paint job.
Dlebrun, that is a great idea, thank you!
Absolutely fantastic!!! totally voted and favorited this!!
Annie, thank you SO much! You make my heart sing. My head swell! LOL!
lol as it should be :)
OK, you sold me with the glow-in-the-dark paint!! :D
Hi Amy, <br> <br>Thank you so much! I was so excited when I saw what it looked like in the dark. Funny thing about our place, though, I forgot that our streetlight is operated by the sun, so I had to flash our 2 million candlepower flashlight in the sensor to get it to turn off so I could see the glow-in-the-dark stones. Ha!
Black lights work great too ;)
OOooooooh! and my yard is paved with concrete 'stones'... I really want to do this!
Hello Mole, I do hope you will give this a try. I think you will really love the results. :-)
Very nice
Thank you so much, I appreciate your comment. :-)
You can sometimes find old doilies or lace fabric in thrift stores. Some craft stores sell doilies, too (paper or machine-made crochet), pretty cheaply.
Definitely a great idea, Silver, thank you. I forgot about the dollar stores, and definitely should have mentioned the thrift stores. :-)

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