Well, we finally finished staining our concrete patio to look like tile!
This was is what our concrete patio looked like before.
Dull and dirty.
So I wanted to tile it, but we couldn’t afford it.
My friend, Richella, suggested that we stain the concrete to look like tile. This seemed like an option that we could afford, so we went for it.
Here are the main steps to staining concrete.
1. Clean the concrete.
2. Stain the concrete.
3. Seal the concrete.
Not bad, huh?
We used Quikrete products from Lowe’s for this project.
However, my hubby insisted that Muriatic Acid would do the same thing. It would clean the concrete and open up the pores for staining. Since we already had some of it, we used it instead.
WARNING: Muriatic Acid is extremely dangerous!!! You do not want to get this on your skin!
If you use Quikcrete BondLok to clean the concrete, just be sure to read the directions carefully.
Here’s my man…ready for the job…
Now you can skip this step if you don’t want your concrete to look like tile. But since we were going for the “tile look”, we used 1/2 inch tape to make our design.
It is not easy to find 1/2 inch tape. They don’t have it at Lowe’s or Walmart. We had to go to CarQuest and KOI Motors to get our tape. It is used a lot in painting cars.
My husband measured and made our starting point in the corner by the steps…
My husband also suggested we make the tiles on a diagonal. I am so glad he did! It looks so much better on a diagonal!
We used a large piece of trim molding that we had left over from another project, a tape measure, and pencil to draw our lines every 18 inches.
Well, one thing I do is to keep them busy doing something else…like a “slip and slide”.
This step was not hard AT ALL! It just took a little time.
I would suggest knee pads though. I didn’t have any, and now I have blisters on both of my knees!
Oh well, it was worth it.
Picking out the color of the stain was the most stressful part to me!
There is a color guide in the pamphlet which includes solid stains and translucent stains.
We went with the color Vaquero Brown. You have to take the can of stain to the paint desk for them to mix the color for you.I was expecting it to look lighter on our concrete than in the picture, but I was wrong. It actually looked darker.
The pamphlet suggests to wet the concrete before applying the stain, but we did not. This may have made the stain a little lighter. Don’t really know.
Don’t cha love my hubbies black socks? Too cute.
So I got on my sore knees again, and applied a second coat of stain by hand with a rag to try and cover up the brush strokes.
We let that dry, and it definitely looked much better. Now with two coats of stain, it is definitely darker than what I had wanted, but I still think it looks so much better than our dull old gray concrete.
I peeled off the tape and here is what we have now…
The sealer helps protect and seal the stain.
We have let that dry overnight. I was wanting to get a picture of the patio with our furniture back on there this morning, but I decided to wait a little longer. I want to make sure that it is completely dry and that the furniture does not mess up all of our hard work.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with how this turned out. It gives our patio a very finished look.
Here is the breakdown of the costs:
Muriatic Acid – free (we already had it)
2 rollers – $6.00
Rubber gloves -$3.00
We already had the roll brush, the glasses, and bucket, so this whole project cost us less than $60.00!!!
Much better than the $300.00 it would have cost my husband to tile it himself! Plus, it was a lot easier!
On more time, the BEFORE…
To see the full reveal of our decorated back patio, click HERE.