Looking for an easy DIY you can finish in a weekend on a budget? This painted concrete patio project is so simple and easy to create.
Can we still be friends if I show you this?
Our house doesn’t have a garage. Instead, we have a carport attached to the back of the house with this small patio in the front. For more days of my life than I can count, I have pulled into this driveway and parked in this carport and opened and shut the car door and looked at this.
Yards and yards and yards of concrete with leftover paint stains and years of wear and tear and more miles on it than a Rand McNally atlas.
Concrete that absolutely positively was not cute.
I just accepted it. I knew it wasn’t cute and I thought it never really could be cute and I told everyone to use the front door.
We painted the brick steps on the front of the house. You can see that project here. We had tons of paint left over and one day I looked at that concrete patio and it looked back at me and I went all Thomas Edison and had a lightbulb moment.
Why not paint it?
The mini-porch is 4′ wide and 24′ long.
It steps down into the driveway where you pull your car in.
Here’s a close-up of the concrete patio.
There are three doors that lead off this small concrete patio area.
There are the front doors that go into the family room.
There’s an outdoor storage closet and then there’s the door to the laundry room.
I’m about to show you the after, but before you do, I think it’s important to note that this porch was transformed with 2 gallons of paint and FrogTape.
Are you ready?
Here’s the after.
CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT?
Please go back and look at the before from the same angle one more time.
Let me add it here again.
Paint and FrogTape.
And a little elbow grease.
And oh wait…..
I think this is one of my favorite makeovers we’ve done at the new house because:
- I see it every day
- I had given up hope that it would ever be cute
- It cost less than taking our family out to dinner
- It made such a difference to an area of the home that everyone forgets about.
Want to see the step-by-step?
I have it all ready for you, but before we get started? Here are the top questions I get about this painted concrete patio project:
1. What preparation steps are necessary before painting a concrete patio?
Before painting your concrete patio, it’s essential to properly prepare the surface to ensure long-lasting results.
Here’s how to prep the area:
- Clean the patio thoroughly: Sweep away any debris, and use a pressure washer or hose to remove dirt, stains, and mildew. Allow the surface to dry completely.
- Repair any damage: Patch any cracks or holes with a concrete patching compound and smooth the surface using a trowel.
2. What type of paint should I use for a painted concrete patio?
Choosing the right paint for your concrete patio is crucial to ensure durability and weather resistance. Look for paints specifically formulated for exterior concrete surfaces. Acrylic-based paints or epoxy paints are popular choices. These paints are designed to withstand foot traffic, UV rays, and varying weather conditions. Additionally, consider a non-slip additive if you’re concerned about the surface being slippery when wet.
3. How do I apply the paint to a concrete patio?
Applying paint to a concrete patio requires a few steps to achieve a smooth and even finish:
- Start by cutting in the edges with a brush or roller to create clean lines along the patio’s perimeter.
- Use a paint roller or sprayer to apply the paint to the rest of the surface. Work in small sections, using even strokes to ensure an even coat.
- Apply multiple thin coats, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next. This helps build up a durable layer of paint.
- Follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions regarding drying time and any additional steps, such as applying a sealant or topcoat.
4. How can I maintain and protect a painted concrete patio?
Once you’ve painted your concrete patio, it’s important to maintain and protect the surface to prolong its lifespan.
Here are a few tips:
- Clean regularly: Sweep away debris and wash the patio with mild detergent and water as needed. Avoid using harsh chemicals that may damage the paint.
- Avoid sharp objects: Be cautious when moving furniture or other items on the patio to prevent scratching or chipping the paint.
- Address stains promptly: If you notice any stains, clean them as soon as possible using a suitable cleaner or stain remover for painted concrete surfaces.
Before and after Painted Concrete Patio
(transformed with paint and FrogTape)
Cityscape SW 7067
Grizzle Gray SW 7068
Step 1: Clean your concrete
We completely swept and cleaned the concrete.
Patch any holes and make sure the surface is COMPLETLY clean of any debris.
You don’t want a piece of dirt to get caught on your paintbrush.
The thing I love about this paint—just like when we painted the brick we didn’t use a primer.
Step 2: Tape off and paint porch
We taped off next to the house and driveway with FrogTape and then painted Cityscape SW 7067 as the base coat.
We went ahead and painted two coats and painted the door frame Extra White SW 7006 trim paint and the doors with Tricorn Black SW 6258.
It was super rainy and humid, so we let the paint cure for about a week before we taped off the diamond pattern.
Step 3: Tape off the border
Here are the dimensions for the project:
Porch dimensions: 4′ wide and 24′ feet long
Border edge: 2″ from the side of the concrete and 2″ wide
We also added a border to the step, too.
This border is 2″ wide, but it’s only 1″ from the edge of the step.
I love how the stripes layer each other.
We taped off the stripe and then painted it Grizzle Gray SW 7068.
It needed two coats of the Grizzle Gray.
Here’s how the stripe looked like after we pulled up the tape.
Step 4: Tape off the diamonds
Each of these diamonds is 20″ x 20″.
My husband (the mathematician behind this project) suggested taping off the border first and then dividing the remaining area by the number of diamonds that you want to paint.
It’s important to note—when we were figuring this out—we did NOT take the step into account. We just acted like it wasn’t there and just let the diamonds fall where they may.
Here the porch with the diamonds taped off.
Make sure your tape is scored and all of the edges are firmly attached to the concrete.
Step 5: Paint the diamonds
Here are the diamonds painted with Grizzle Gray SW 7068.
The paint is still wet and hasn’t dried yet.
That’s the perfect time to pull up the tape.
Step 6: pull up the tape
I cannot recommend FrogTape ENOUGH for a project like this.
I have done zillions of projects using FrogTape and it hasn’t let me down yet.
There’s something so satisfying in pulling up the tape and seeing that beautiful clean line without any paint bleed on your finished painted concrete patio project.
Quick tip: when pulling up tape—always pull away from the paint. This helps make sure your lines are extra clean and sharp.
One more time.
Just because it makes me so happy.
And here’s the after again.
Do you have a space in your home that you look at every day that needs a little refresh like this painted concrete patio project?
All you need is a couple of cans of paint and FrogTape.
And a little encouragement.
You got this friend.
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