How to Stencil a Concrete Patio

5 Materials
2 Days


The back patio of our home is a good size to entertain, but it was obviously once a carport and has the gross old stains and cracks to prove it. A fresh coat of paint, and made a huge difference, it took only one sunny weekend to get done, and is 100% something I would recommend for anyone wanting to freshen up their patio this summer.

You can read a complete breakdown on this project on our blog HERE.


Yeah, this patio was GROSS. We started by thoroughly sweeping and then used a leaf blower (optional) to get the last remaining specs off. Also optional, but we used a pressure washer to really blast away some of the old, caked on debris.

Apply a Base Coat

This part isn’t very exciting, but use your roller (and an extension pole if you want to save your back) and roll on the base layer over the whole patio area. We chose a dark black for the base with white for the stenciled area.

Use Stencil

Stenciling is a really easy process, it can just be tedious. I started up in one corner and went across a whole row, then I went down to the next row and back the way I came, making a big old Nokia snake out of it.

wrote a blog post here going into detail about how  I used this same stencil in our laundry room, and in that room I used painters tape to stick the stencil to the ground as I rolled, but on the concrete I didn’t bother.

So if you’re going for our look, just put the stencil where you’re starting and hold it down with one hand as you roll over it.

While you're making over your patio, consider adding an electric patio heater to keep you and your guests warm.


Once the paint dried, dry, we applied a coat of concrete sealer the same way we applied the base coat. It was ready to walk over in about 24 hours.

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  • Larene bagley Larene bagley on Aug 02, 2021

    I have a lot of cracks in my patio. The concrete people did not do a good job. did this fill in the cracks?

  • Mma615324 Mma615324 on Aug 04, 2021

    Looks great! Where did you find that baby swing?

  • Jennifer white Jennifer white on Aug 03, 2022

    How did you prevent the wet paint under the outer edges of stencil from smudging?

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