9.13.2012

DIY- Resurface Your Driveway!

I absolutely love fall.  I am so excited that the cool weather is hitting.  But what I don't love is winter.  Not only are Wisconsin winters hard on me, but they are hard on my driveway!  We recently purchased a home with a driveway that really needed some attention.  Check out the size of these cracks.




Although it's a messy job, resurfacing your driveway yourself is actually quite easy!

First you need to remove the weeds from the cracks.  We headed to True Value to get everything we needed for our project.


The staff at our True Value hardware is always really helpful, so if you have any questions there is always someone there who can help you out!

We recommend Round Up to kill the weeds before you try cleaning the cracks.  Read the back of the bottle and allow the product to do most of the hard work for you!  Once the weeds are dead you can remove them fairly easily.

You will also need to clear the edges of your driveway from grass and dirt that has overgrown.



 Sweep the driveway well to get rid of all the dirk you just made.  For the large cracks you can fill them in with caulk.  Ours took several tubes as there were a lot of cracks.  But it's important because the driveway sealer is liquid and will only seep through into the ground if it's not stopped.

Once your driveway is prepped and your cracks are filled the rest is very easy.... and VERY messy.  Be sure you either wear shoes that your willing to throw away when your done, or protect them very well.

You will need to measure your driveway before you go to True Value Hardware.  The buckets of driveway sealer say how many square feet they will cover.   You will also need to pick up a tool to help you spread it around.  The tool you need looks a bit like a broom but it has a squeegee on the back end (you can see it in a picture below).

Pour the sealer onto the driveway a section at a time.  Use your brush to work it around and your squeegee to smooth it out.



The product does not take long to dry.  See manufacturer's directions for drying times for how long until you can drive on it again.

I will have the after pictures for you soon!

8 comments:

  1. Hi, I saw your post on the DIY Resurface your Driveway and I can't wait until you post your after pictures. I know that the price of this project is dependent on how bad your driveway is and also how long/wide that your driveway is, but I was curious as to approximately how much this project costs? Can you give a round about price on this when you post your after pics of the project? Thanks....

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  2. I will get those numbers together for the reveal post!

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  3. We really need to do this. I'm glad that it looks like something we may be able to do on our own.

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  4. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Sep. 26, 2012. Thanks again.

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  5. I'm actually surprised it was that simple. I was expecting something involving buying power tools for sale.

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  6. I'm browsing for the first time and ran across this post. Is there an after picture? I didn't see one.

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  7. Really amazing blog, I’d love to discover some extra information.

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