How to Update Your Concrete Patio or Wood Deck with Paint
*I am partnering with Purdy for this back patio makeover. All opinions and ideas are 100% mine.
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Today, I am going to share with you how we updated our concrete patio and wood deck with paint.
On my Instagram stories, I’ve shared the back patio that we have off of our master bathroom.
This back patio is half concrete and half wood decking. The concrete aggregate off the master bath is original to the house.
When the previous home owners added on the “mother-in-law” suite, they filled in the new gap off the concrete patio in front of the master bathroom door with wood decking.
Someday, we may completely renovate this space and dry it in for more living space, but for now, to make this space look more cohesive and fresh, we decided to paint it one solid color.
Now painting a deck or patio is not hard to do, especially if you use the right tools.
Y’all, I have been doing DIY projects for basically my entire married life (23 years,) and I have been doing DIY projects professionally on my blog for over 10 years, and if there is anything I have learned during this time it has been…
Using quality tools on each project is KEY to having a professional outcome!
That is why I was so happy to partner with Purdy on this project because their paint brushes and tools are my and Cy’s absolute favorite!
HERE ARE THE SUPPLIES WE USED:
- Purdy Lambskin Roller 1/2″ Nap
- Purdy Golden Eagle Roller 1 1/4″ Nap
- Purdy Revolution 9″ frame
- Purdy Clearcut Elite Brush
- Purdy Nest Tray (and liner)
- Purdy Contractor Brush and Roller Cleaner
- Valspar Fast Prep
- Valspar Concrete Bonding Primer
- Valspar Porch, Floor, and Patio Latex Paint (Color: Weathered Concrete)
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This project can be completed in a day, especially if you are not painting concrete. We completed this in two days because after we cleaned the concrete patio with Valspar Fast Prep, we let it dry overnight and painted the concrete the next day. But the actual “work time” was a little over two hours. We were able to cut in and roll the entire back patio in about an hour!
We created a video of this whole project for you at the bottom of this post, but we also wanted to share the written steps with you as well.
STEP ONE: Prep the surface by cleaning it really well.
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
If you are painting concrete, you will want to use Valspar Fast Prep and a scrub brush/broom to remove all dirt and debris. Follow the instructions on the container, and rinse well with water after cleaning.
If you are painting decking, you will want to clean it really good with a pressure washer, let dry, and blow off any remain debris with a blower if needed.
We could have re-stained our wood decking but we decided to paint it because it’s thicker and more durable and doesn’t haven’t to be renewed as frequently stain. Also, paint does a better job of disguising imperfections. (And this old back patio had a lot of imperfections!)
STEP TWO: Apply bonding primer to concrete.
To help the paint adhere to the concrete, we used a Valspar concrete bonding primer.
We cut in with the primer with the Purdy Clear Cut Elite brush because it creates sharp lines along the edges of the concrete.
Once we cut in around the concrete, we used the Purdy Nest tray and liner because it holds a gallon of paint with plenty of room to roll, (plus the liners make for easy cleanup!)
We chose the Purdy Lambskin Roller in a 1/2″ Nap to roll the primer on because it is great for rough surfaces like our concrete aggregate and holds a ton of coating.
We let the bonding primer dry overnight and was ready to paint the patio the following day.
STEP THREE: Apply Paint to Concrete or Wood
The next day we followed the same process…
We cut in with the Valspar Porch Paint (“weathered concrete”) with our Clear Cut Elite brush.
Then I rolled the entire back patio with the Purdy Golden Eagle roller with a 1 1/4 inch nap. It holds an insane amount of paint that allowed me to finish this project even faster. It took two gallons of paint to cover the whole patio, but I only had to roll it once because it went on so thick.
I truly cannot believe how quickly we were able to completely transform this whole space!
We are THRILLED with how our new back patio turned out! It’s like we have a brand new space, and we will be enjoying for years to come!
If you have any questions about this project, just let me know in the comments!
What home paint project do you have on your “to-do” list?
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Looks great and you gave me a lot of helpful tips. Thanks
I think your space turned out absolutely gorgeous. I’m a huge fan of black exterior.
I enjoy following you and how you keep things “real”.
Have a great weekend!
Thank you, Patricia!
Your finished project looks great! Now you need to post a photo showing how the deck ties together the house and the mother-in-law suite.
I recently saw a mobile home with a painted black exterior and liked it. So you have inspired me to consider black. The patio looks really nice and I love the board and batten siding too. I would never have thought of painting the concrete aggregate. What next?
Thank you, Deb! Yes, sometimes it is fun to think outside the box. I’m glad you have enjoyed these ideas. Blessings!
Let us know how it holds up in a few months. I used porch paint on a deck once and it began to show a traffic pattern within a few weeks. Now I’m reluctant to paint any flooring. It was the recommended product at the time but maybe they’ve improved things since then.Elainr
I sure will. I’m surprised it did that. We used porch paint on our last home’s wood front porch, and it lasted well for about three years before I gave it a fresh coat of paint.