Easy Painted Concrete Rug

This is an easy tutorial that leaves you with a beautifully painted patio you'll enjoy for years to come!
My husband and I were tired of looking at our plain patio, but couldn't find an outdoor rug that fit our space. Finally, I got an idea and decided to try painting it!
After giving the porch a thorough cleaning and allowing it to dry, it was time to prep for paint.
We used painter's tape to mark the outline of the rug and then added tape going across to create stripes.
After the taping process was complete, it was time to paint!
I used a white concrete paint that I picked up from a local hardware store. I selected one that had paint and primer in one and applied two coats.
I wanted to give the rug a little extra pizzaz and help it look more like an actual rug, so I used the same paint to add a fringe to the ends. I freehanded it, which was a bit scary but I LOVE how it turned out! :) You can see more pictures of the process on my blog!
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  • Kim Richards
    on Sep 30, 2016

    I have a wooden deck and I was wondering if this would work. I would love to paint a rug on it.

    • Truus Malley
      on May 5, 2019

      I think you can do this by using different color wood stain. Maybe even mix some of the stains to get the color you want. I am due for a new floor on my deck and am thinking about doing this. love the look.

  • Chi7445269
    on Oct 2, 2016

    I have two large concrete areas around my home that have been mistreated over the years. There are cracks, rust marks, paint or other stained areas, etc. I've been puzzling over what I can do to rescue/significantly upgrade the area, but have rejected paint as being too boring/not likely to succeed in covering up the stained areas. I wish I could afford to hire the people who use that (epoxy?) material, since I'm unable to do that process myself. But can someone "here" advise on how one might overcome the issues of boring/inadequate coverage (peeling off the concrete over time, etc.) using paint? THANKS!

    • Mb
      on Jun 24, 2019

      I also have this problem, even have cut msrks in some bricks where apparently wood was chopped to throw on the fire! I have learned to embrace tthe flaws and incorporate them into the design. E.g. a crack in the plaster gets shadows and highlighted with paint rather than try to fix and coverup.

  • Starr Slone Bommarito
    on Jan 23, 2017

    Does the concrete paint peel up when you move your chair across it? Did you use some kind of top coat?

    • Dfm
      on May 24, 2019

      I had used a paint specific to concrete when I painted my “ rug” on my back concrete patio, there was no sealer on it. But I did put it on after painting the rug.

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  • Babs
    on Jun 3, 2019

    I’m definitely going to do this! Except since I’m not an artist, seriously you should see my drawings of snowmen or even stick figures, not good, sooooo I’m going to try it with colored chalk! Scrub clean if I don’t like it, and/or periodically change the drawing!

  • Nanou
    on Jun 20, 2019

    I swear at first glance I thought it was a real rug! What a great idea. Very creative and pretty.


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