How to Make New Cement Between Bricks Look Old

Cement is a functional, durable and practical building material commonly used as exterior brick mortar. As it ages, concrete develops a very attractive patina that adds to its aesthetic appeal. Many builders and homeowners accelerate the aging process of the cement by applying pigment, giving the concrete an aged look.

Cement mortar develops a beautiful patina over time.
  1. Lay painters tape along the edges of the brick on both sides of the cement.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of each of the black, brown, light green and dark green oil-based paint into separate disposable bowls. Dilute the paint by adding 1/4 cup of water to each bowl and mix well with a painters stick or disposable spoon.
  3. Dip the sponge into the black paint and then wring it out, leaving a small amount of paint on the sponge.
  4. Lightly stipple the sponge across the cement in an irregular pattern. You can always add more paint, but cannot remove it once it is applied.
  5. Rinse the sponge thoroughly under clean running water. Repeat the process of dipping, wringing, stippling and rinsing for the brown paint, light green paint and dark green paint. You do not need to allow the paint to dry between layers.
  6. Remove the painters tape before the paint dries and wipe any paint spots or splatters from the brick with a clean, damp rag.

Things You Will Need

  • Painters tape
  • 1 oz. each of black, brown, light green and dark green oil-based paint
  • Disposable bowls
  • Painters stick or disposable spoon
  • Painting sponge
  • Rag


  • Avoid green paints that have a blue tinge, as they create a less natural looking finished product.

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Michael Cohen has been a technical writer since 2006. His areas of expertise include classical music and nonprofit management, and his work has been featured across a variety of media platforms. Cohen received his bachelor's degree from The New School in New York City.

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