How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

I’ve received a lot of questions about the color on our concrete patio, so I thought it was about time I finally do a post to answer questions and give you some details on how to do it yourself!

A few years back when we started this whole side yard project, we decided we wanted a dark color on our concrete. We were painting our brick house white, so we thought the deep gray would offer a nice contrast.

Now, if you are pouring brand new concrete, you are able to order it stained from the start in a variety of colors so that’s definitely the way to go if you have that option. That is actually what we did originally, but through a series of unfortunate events we ended up with half of the patio white and half gray. :) Fancy, yes? It’s a long story, but the bright side of this situation was that even though it was a bit of a disaster, we were able to solve it in the end.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

If you simply want to refresh your old concrete, it’s pretty easy. I remember painting concrete porch and steps years ago in one of our old houses and being so shocked by how simple it was! We were about to put our home up for sale and wanted our front doorway area to feel fresh and clean. What a difference the dark gray paint made! It made me wish we had done it sooner so we could have enjoyed it longer.

It’s so simple that it’s a project you can totally do at the beginning of the season every year or two to refresh it, especially if you don’t have a huge porch or patio.

You may prefer a concrete stain over paint. While I called this post ‘How to Paint Your Concrete” ours is actually a stain! Stain will look a little different and will wear a little different than paint. The stain fades over time but doesn’t chip, so that’s a plus in my mind. It goes on like a thinner paint. I have noticed that if we drag furniture across the patio, it can leave some lighter colored streaks…so we try to lift instead of dragging!

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

I’m assuming that if you already have painted concrete you will probably need to refresh it with more paint. I’m not an expert on which product would be best for you, though, so definitely consult the professionals. :).

We tracked down the product our contractor used so we could use the same one to refresh some of our concrete. We did not restain our porch this year (just the patio), so while it’s faded to be lighter than it was originally it’s still fine for another year.

We also stained a small part of the old patio that still existed between our new concrete and new deck so all the concrete would flow on through a bit more cohesively (see the two photos below for what I mean). It’s not a perfect match because we did different parts different times, but it’s a lot better than it was.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

However, it was not easy to find this specific product in the Seattle area. Because there are so many products that would work just as well or maybe even better, I would recommend starting at your local Lowe’s or a paint store to see what product they recommend for your area and situation. But I’ll post the specific product we used at the bottom of this post, in case you want to know.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

The steps we used were as follows:

  • Clean the patio. Make sure it’s free of any chips, grime or tree sap as it won’t allow the paint or stain to cover well.
  • Let the surface dry overnight.
  • Ask your paint store if you’ll need a primer with the product you chose.
  • Roll the paint/stain on (we used a roller for textured surfaces). Our product actually recommended that it be sprayed on, but that seemed like way too much work. We don’t even own a sprayer, so we just rolled it on and it worked fine.
  • If you are rolling on a stain, don’t worry about doing it perfectly. You might see some lines where you overlap, or some parts might be a little darker or lighter, but once it dries and gets some dirt on it you’ll not likely care about the imperfections.

Better done than perfect has become our motto in cases like this :).

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

And lest we forget…this is what we started with.

Speaking of the makeover of our side patio, I have really really really good news…

Any guesses what it is?

Happy day!

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Find our Trex Deck and Railing before and after makeover post here.

Our concrete stain: 

Concrete Stain, Smith’s Color Floor
CF-Gray stain concentrate (mixed with distilled water, 4 quarts distilled water with 1 quart product).

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

Now that we are almost into August (can you believe it?), I’m counting the days until my arrives (if you missed the post where I talked about the new slipcovered couch, you can find it here). It is supposed to be delivered around the third week of the month.

Of course, in the meantime, I can’t stop thinking about what my living room will feel like with a new white couch, what furniture arrangement I’ll use, and what things I’ll bring into the room! :) It’s been so many years since I had to say good-bye to my last white sofa, it’s going to feel great to have one again.

There are so many styles of white couches (and fabrics, too!), so each one can bring a slightly different feeling to a space. Best of all, a neutral couch goes with everything, so you can style it (and your room) in so many ways and with so many other colors. That’s part of the fun, especially if you love redecorating like I do. A white couch can look fresh in every season.

So today I thought we’d take a look at rooms with white (white-ish and neutral) sofas to get inspired!

Enjoy!

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration 

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

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White (+ Neutral) Couch in a Room Inspiration

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