Patio Makeover With Stenciled Concrete!

5 Materials
13 Hours

What the heck is wrong with me?? I am 61 years old and I swore after I stenciled our bathroom floor back in February, I was done stenciling floors. Well, that was short-lived!! This truly is not a difficult project, it just takes time and patience (and maybe a younger body).

Our patio desperately needed a makeover, it was boring, boring, boring to the point that we weren't even using it. Needless to say, it is my favorite place to sit now, even on rainy days.

**Be sure to follow the instructions on all the primer, paint, and sealer cans. If it is too hot or too cold outside, you will not be able to proceed with your project so be aware of heat, humidity, rain, etc.

Lower patio before.

We moved into our home on the lake three years ago and have been slowly making it our own. Our lower-level patio was not on the top of our list for a makeover. However, this spring I couldn't wait to get started. Here is the before picture (the sun was pretty bright in the picture and the concrete looks white, trust me, it is your basic gray concrete).

Last summer we had steel sheets installed under the upper deck along with ceiling fans so that we could sit outside with a covered porch. The upper deck is not covered and we always wanted a covered porch to sit on.

I bought new furniture this spring from Wayfair (which sold out quickly) and after receiving it all I could think of was that I wanted to stencil the concrete. I was actually holding off on telling my husband that I was going to stencil it and when I did, he didn't even bat an eye. Well now, that was easy, I trained him well after 40 years of marriage, LOL!!

After picture!!

Here is the after picture!! I can't tell you how much I love the way this turned out. We have been sitting out here just about every day since I finished it. When our family came up to the lake for a visit our daughter forgot that I had painted this concrete and thought it was a rug!!

Okay, onto the process of how I started my project.

Tools and materials needed:

Paint rollers, brushes and pans for paint

Paint extension pole

Primer for Concrete

Paint for Concrete

Sealer for Concrete

Stencil brush


Boring Concrete

Step One: Power Washing!! I had no problem doing this step as it was a wonderfully hot summer day when I started the project. Pretty easy step for anyone to do. After power washing let it dry for a day or two. I had to wait a few extra days because of the weather before starting the next step.

Step Two: Priming the concrete. I purchased Behr Concrete and Masonry Bonding Primer at Home Depot. Using an extension pole, I rolled this on the concrete with a roller. Following the directions on the can, I waited before applying the second coat. This goes on looking kind of milky, but it dries clear. Again, another easy step! icon

Yikes!! Not a very clean can!

Step Three: Painting the concrete. Purchased Behr Concrete & Garage Floor Paint at Home Depot. I applied two (2) coats of this paint with a roller also. Of course, I did have to go around with a paint brush to do the edging.

Now onto to fun part...Stenciling!!

Step Four: I purchased a quart of this Porch & Floor Enamel Paint from Sherwin Williams to stencil with. The color I went with is "Serious Gray".

The stencil I used is from Cutting Edge Stencils called, "Fabiola" Tile Stencil. Using a three-inch stencil brush, a plate, and paper toweling I got to work.

When you are stenciling you want your brush to be pretty dry or your paint will bleed under the stencil. Dip your brush in the paint and "load off" the paint by pouncing the paint onto the paper toweling (plate under paper toweling). Again, using the pouncing method you will go over the stencil.

I should have had my husband film me stenciling to show you how to do this but he was gone this particular day. icon

Disclaimer: You will be on your knees for a .... long....time... for this part of the project! Be sure to have a cushion or rug under your knees.

Never mind the fact that when you are 61 years old and you are determined to get the job done in one day your thighs just may give you issues for the following days. In other words, I walked like a very old woman for three days afterward! Still have not joined the gym to strengthen this body!!

Step Five: Topcoat. After all this work you want to seal your project.

I used Behr Premium Concrete, Brick & Tile Sealer.

I applied two coats of sealer to the concrete, standing up, icon with a roller on the extension pole.


The cute little dresser serves as a spot to put appetizers on when having guests (and to keep dogs away) along with storage for remote controls, bug spray, fire starter material for bonfires, etc.

Our patio is no longer an embarrassment. We can entertain in comfort, watch TV while having the fans run, or just sit, read a book and listen to the birds and loons calling to each other. icon

Finally Finished!

Our upper deck and posts literally were just completed the other day! icon We will have to wait a year before we treat the posts but that is just fine and dandy!! Now I can actually say our summer projects are complete.


I think I can actually! Yeah, right!! icon

Thank you for reading. I hope I have inspired you to take on a new project whether big or small, you will be able to pat yourself on the back and be proud of your accomplishment.

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  • Pat27981533 Pat27981533 on Aug 21, 2021

    What kind of rainwater runoff system was installed for under the decking?

  • Jane prey Jane prey on Aug 21, 2021

    gorgeous!! Was the surface of your patio in perfect shape? My patio has small stones showing thru several areas. Wondering if this might goof up the stenciling.


  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Aug 21, 2021

    What size is the stencil you chose?

    It's really beautiful.


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