Don’t let an old, dingy concrete slab in your backyard hold you back from relaxing with friends and family outdoors. You can give it a makeover using paint and stencils, and the results will be a beautiful outdoor floor that reflects your style. I will show you how to create a modernized tile look, but the possibilities are endless regarding floor design options. With the right tools and supplies, this DIY project won’t take up too much time or effort, but it will produce a chic patio you’ll be proud of!
This is a DIY Project That Doesn’t Require a Lot of Skill.
This DIY project doesn’t require a lot of skill but will make your patio look great. You can use any type of paint, but we recommend using flat or semi-gloss latex (you can do oil-based too, but it’s more challenging to clean up).
You’ll be able to complete this project in a weekend. It’s inexpensive, easy to do, and fun! Not only will you have a fantastic new look for your patio, but you’ll also feel good about saving money by doing things yourself rather than hiring someone else.
Step 1: Ensure your concrete is clean and free from dirt, oil, and debris.
To begin, you’ll need to clean and prepare your concrete surface. This can be as simple as sweeping any loose dirt or debris away with a broom, but if there’s been oil or grease spilled on the concrete, you’ll need to clean it before painting, or else the paint will not adhere properly. Use a pressure washer to remove grease stains from your patio’s surface, then use a degreaser to remove oil-based stains from your patio surfaces. After that’s done, vacuum dust and debris off these newly cleaned surfaces with an industrial vacuum cleaner.
Step 2: Tape off areas you don’t want to paint. Lay down drop cloths to protect nearby areas.
Use painter’s tape to protect areas you don’t want to be painted. Lay down drop cloths around the area where you’re working, then place a few sheets of paper over them.
Use a paint tray to collect excess paint and rollers, brushes, and other tools used as applicators for painting projects.
Use a roller to apply the paint onto the concrete patio surface in overlapping strokes from side-to-side and top-to-bottom until your entire area is covered with a dark blue stain. Paint can be applied using a brush or sprayed onto surfaces using sprayer equipment (not included).
Step 3: Insert the stencil into the floor, or use a light pencil to freehand a pattern.
Place the stencil on the floor if you’re using a stencil. If you’re freehanding a design, use a pencil to make your pattern in chalk or dirt.
Place a piece of cardboard under the stencil, so it doesn’t mark up your patio.
Use a brush to paint over all the areas you want to paint.
Step 4: Apply the paint in one even coat and let dry for at least 24 hours.
Stand back and admire your work after you’ve painted the entire stencil. It’s now time to let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Use a drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect nearby areas from possible drippings or splatters.
Remove the tape from around the perimeter of your patterned area and allow it to dry completely before removing any leftover bits of paint with a paper towel or rag and rinsing off any residue in warm water. If stubborn bits aren’t coming off quickly, use an old toothbrush to scrub those stubborn spots until they’re gone—but be careful not to damage your concrete!
Step 5: Remove tape and stencil. Stand back and admire!
Now that your paint has dried, you can remove the tape and stencil. Be sure to stand back and admire your work!
If some of your paint is still wet, use a putty knife or scraper to lift the stencil from the concrete. If it’s already dry, take care not to scrape off any painted patterns as you remove them.
For your average outdoor patio, using a stenciled pattern is a very durable way to paint and get multiple color options in the process. But the technique does take some time to master, which is why it may not make sense for someone who only needs it for a one-time event or party (for those people, you may want to consider hiring someone). On the other hand, if you’re looking for a new way to decorate your outdoor space with beautiful, eye-catching results that will be sure to get compliments from guests, then this tutorial may be just what you need. It’s a great option that allows you plenty of creative freedom to try different designs in whatever size and shade scheme you choose. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get painting!