How To Paint Patio Tiles

by Ariel
3 Materials
2 Hours

Painting cement patio pavers can change your backyard space overnight, and give you a custom tile look, for a fraction of the price.

How to prep and paint patio tiles

Start by rolling all the patio tiles in Farmhouse White. You’d be surprised to see how fast it dries in the full afternoon sun.

Prop up the patio tiles

Before I painted, I used some bricks to prop up one side of each tile to ensure I could pick them up later.

Begin Painting The Pattern

Once the white coat is dry, you have the option of adding another, but I got such good coverage with the first that I didn’t need to do another.

Using a giant ruler and a pencil, lightly draw a grid of 6″x6″ squares. You’ll paint each pattern within the squares.

Using Hampton Blue and a brush, paint horizontal stripes all going in the same direction. Paint 5 stripes in alternating squares to form a checkerboard pattern. All the stripes should be oriented the same way.

Continue Painting The Pattern

Because I was painted 28 tiles, by the time I was done the last tile, the first ones were dry, so I was able to start painting them. Using Williamsburg Blue, repeat the pattern but going in the opposite direction. As long as you used the same amount of stripes in each square, you’ll eventually form a pattern where the stripes meet.

Lay The Tiles

Once all the tiles are painted and dry, put them in place! Line them up as you wish,

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  • Monica Bradshaw Monica Bradshaw on May 07, 2022

    Don't you need to prime or seal the concrete first so the paint won't be absorbed?

  • Jud34424555 Jud34424555 on May 07, 2022

    These are very pretty, but it looks the blocks should be three deep instead of two. By the time the bench and chairs are pulled out to sit down, the back legs will be on the ground??

  • Suzanne Cox Suzanne Cox on May 08, 2022

    Can you put interlocking deck tiles, on existing old wood deck?

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  • Suzanne Cox Suzanne Cox on May 08, 2022

    When preparing Nader pavers, make sure ground is level, cutting up any sod,. Measure your total space first.

  • Carneseia Carneseia on May 09, 2022

    All fair points made and great feedback, but

    this post is about painting cement tiles.