DIY Faux Brick Stenciled Concrete Patio. A stencil and paint completely transformed the look and feel of our dingy patio space!
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DIY Faux Brick Stenciled Concrete Patio
It’s amazing how paint can completely transform the look and feel of a space. I recently shared our Coastal Inspired Outdoor Living Space here on the blog (shown below). The patio I stenciled is right off the porch, and, by comparison, it was looking extra dingy. Scroll down to see the before and after!
DIY Faux Brick Stenciled Concrete Patio: Before and After
Because everyone loves a good before and after, check out the side by side comparison below. It’s such an eye-catching transformation for a relatively simple project, don’t you think?
In this blog post, I’ll tell you precisely every step we took to create our DIY Faux Brick Stenciled Concrete Patio.
Stenciled Concrete Patio Supplies
- Pressure Washer (optional)
- Concrete Paint. I’ll talk more about this below.
- Stencil. I used this Herringbone Brick Stencil.
- 4″ High-Density Foam Roller (This is a MUST when stenciling concrete. Don’t forget to grab some extra rollers.)
- Painter’s Tape
- Basic Paint Supplies (Paint Tray, Small Stencil Brush, etc.)
For the paint, we used Valspar Porch, Floor, and Patio Latex Paint. It has the polyurethane already mixed in which saves you extra steps. It’s also SUPER thick, which made it ideal for stenciling because thin paint tends to bleed when you’re stenciling (especially on a porous surface like concrete).
We used two colors: white and dark gray. Painting the patio white took two coats and the full gallon of paint. Stenciling used about 1/4 of the can, if that. I also used the dark gray color to re-paint our stairs.
Stenciled Concrete Patio: PREPPING THE SPACE
First, my husband used his power washer to get the patio nice and clean. When it dried, he taped off the space with painters tape. Then used a long-handled roller to paint the concrete with two coats of white paint, allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second.
Stenciled Concrete Patio: STENCILING
I documented the process while I did this over on my Instagram account, so you can watch the videos for that right here if you find video tutorials easier to follow.
You’ll want to pick a corner of your patio to start from and work in rows from there.
The stencil comes with the main large stencil as well as a smaller “edge” stencil. This is the one you’ll typically start with, as shown below.
The key to stenciling is to keep your paint light and to not apply too much pressure. I talk more about this in the video I linked above.
I rolled my high-density foam roller in the paint and then rolled it on a piece of scrap cardboard each time to be sure I didn’t have too much paint on my roller.
STENCILING EDGES AND CORNERS
The edges and corners take a lot of tape and patience. A stencil brush can be handy when your roller can’t reach the nooks and crannies.
Notice how I tape the wall behind the stencil to prevent getting paint on it.
It gets a little tedious but it’s SO worth it.
NOTEWORTHY: LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE
One mistake I made was not cleaning my stencil well enough throughout the project. The stencil company recommends cleaning it every 10-15 uses.
I was lazy and did not do that, so mine got a bit crusty. It wasn’t a big deal during this project, but when I tried to re-use it to do our bathroom wall, it was a major fail.
Because of the old dried paint, the stencil wouldn’t lay flat, and it kept bleeding. Learn from my mistake and clean yours. If you do, you can re-use it for years.
FINALIZING THE SPACE: LANDSCAPING
While the stenciling alone made for a huge transformation, I wanted to turn it into a cute space, of course. So I ordered a few goodies from Target and Amazon, and I also added some plants and flowers.
Our backyard is really more of a courtyard. Our house backs up to a large common green space and the neighborhood dog park. Living to close to the ocean means our yard is mostly sand. The grass wasn’t growing well, and it was always muddy back here when it rained.
The dogs would drag the sandy mud all over, so we pulled up the grass and used pea gravel and stepping stones to make this space look neater.
He also added a DIY French Drain, which has been huge for keeping the water from pooling back here. For some reason, gutters aren’t common in South Carolina, but we’re having gutters put on in a few weeks, which will also help keep this area more beautiful looking.
Side note: a DIY French Drain is easy and cheap if you can follow a basic YouTube tutorial. Our neighbors got quoted $3500 for a company to do it. DIYing it cost under $100!
FINALIZING THE SPACE: DECORATING
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The Tile Mat is from The Letter Folk. I have the larger sized mat.
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