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).

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

This deck project is in partnership with Trex and Lowe’s 

Welcome to our backyard and the reveal of our brand new Trex deck! The day has finally arrived. It’s not every day that I get to share such a big project reveal, I’m so excited you’re here for the VIRTUAL DECK REVEAL PARTY (and thanks for offering to bring such delectable sounding snacks and treats, the winners of the Simple Gatherings book giveaway were emailed last night!).

I have a lot to show you, so get ready for lots of photos! Did you see the other posts on how we designed and shopped for the deck and the deck build process? You can go back and catch up anytime! If you’re hoping to have a deck built at your home you’ll find helpful information in those posts, too.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After
Just so you can visualize what it would feel like if you were actually at my house, this is where you would approach the deck if you walked out of the dutch door in our newly remodeled kitchen and headed down to the backyard.

If you’re new here, for point of reference our home is located in the city of Seattle in the beautiful Northwest. Our backyard faces the Puget Sound, so we get to see sunsets and a glimpse of the water as well as the Olympic Mountain range!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I’ll talk about this area more in a bit. But first let’s head down to the backyard!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I can hardly believe what an impact this deck has already had on our life! We absolutely LOVE being in our entire outdoor area now. The deck makes it all feel so inviting and comfortable.

Now to give some context of what the back of our home was like before the deck, let’s take a look back at what the backyard was like when we bought the house three years ago

Who doesn’t like to see a before and after?

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Before

All we had was an ordinary old cracked patio. Bonus in the before shot, the house wasn’t even painted yet so it’s a double before and after!

And now ….

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

After

I couldn’t be happier with how far we’ve come! So much better than it was.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Before

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

After

We love being out here now. Somehow adding the new deck made our whole yard feel bigger, too!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our pups love the deck, too.

They think it is their new personal playground.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

The new deck offers us plenty of useful space for us humans, too, so we were able to create several functional areas with furnishings.

We’ve never had a large enough outdoor dining table, so first on our list was to establish an area for our family to gather to eat. Our two daughters are grown, but they live nearby (and our son is still at home finishing high school this next year), so we know this space will get a lot of use for family gatherings.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

With the large rectangular market umbrella, the table is shaded during the day making it an ideal spot for breakfast and lunch, too. The table comfortably seats our family of six, but this past holiday weekend we pulled up extra chairs for our extended family when they were here for the 4th and there was still plenty of room.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

The deck is really going to be an amazing place to host a large party, but it’s also set up to be comfy when it’s just the two of us.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Because my husband and I love sitting outside after dinner to watch the sunset and during the day to watch the birds, we now have a cozy seating area for two (near the patio heater to keep us warm on cool evenings!).

I really LOVE these new chairs! They not only look amazing but are also really comfortable! By turning them towards the backyard, we get to look out towards the great view. The rug helps define the space and gives a splash of color and fun pattern, too.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

On the other side of the deck, opposite of this area, we put a rounded sectional and area rug to create a larger conversation area. It all fits so nicely with the angled shape of the deck in that corner!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

We still have plenty of room here to pull over more chairs as needed. It’s also a place where we can set our fire fountain, or even set up a table or add lounge chairs. The size and shape of our deck is so versatile, we know it will always be evolving to suit our needs!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Most of the outdoor furnishings featured on the deck can be found through Lowe’s! So not only can you head to Lowe’s to design a Trex deck and make it a reality from concept to build, you can order new outdoor furniture and rugs so you can enjoy your completed deck, too. So convenient! You’ll find the specific source links at the end of the post.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

If you have been following along with this project, you might remember that this low deck was able to be installed over an old concrete patio. You can see how the deck connects to the side yard through the double gate with a new concrete patio and steps we put in a couple of years ago.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I love the railings around the deck! I love how striking they are with our white brick home and how they echo the black and white design of our newly remodeled kitchen, too. Our railings are called Trex Enhance in Charcoal Black.

But I also think they really complement the landscaping and our northwest greenery around the property!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

When we were designing the deck project, our intention was to add complementary railings on this side porch area since both are visually connected. I was thrilled that Trex offered a black railing that we could have installed on the concrete as well as the deck!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

The railings turned out even better than I had hoped, I can’t stop going outside to walk up and down the steps to look at it all. It not only looks great, but it is great to finally have railings.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Now people can walk safely up and down the steps and I don’t have to fear that a dog or human will take a wrong turn and plummet off the porch.

So many little things you appreciate when you’ve waited a very long time for something!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After
And for those of you who are regulars around here, you may have noticed we finally have our completed porch posts, too. Bless. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll soon have the gate we’ve been waiting for, but let’s talk about that another day.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After
We’ve been doing a lot of planting in this area, and it’s fun to see it growing already! We can’t wait until it’s really lush and fills in around our gates and deck, but when we look back where we started with this side porch, we can’t stop smiling at the transformation. You can’t even recognize it!

Take a look:

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Before

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

If you’re planning your own deck project, you may also want to add plants and furnish the space for maximum comfort so everyone will want to be outside as much as possible!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

 

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Once you have the deck built, it’s the little details like seating, tables, rugs and umbrellas for comfort that will make your deck feel and function like another room of your home.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our backyard faces the west, so we have bright afternoon sun. The patio umbrellas placed strategically around the deck keep the sun out of our yes and make the entire deck so much more comfortable on hot afternoons.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Of course, you don’t have furnish your deck or redo your whole backyard all at once if you don’t want to. We have many projects we’d like to do, so we are always saving some improvements for another year. We’ve been working on various parts of our outdoor spaces for nearly three years. Taking baby steps consistently will eventually get you where you want to go.

 

 

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I love when all the magical little lights come on!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I took a panoramic the other night during a sunset, so you could see more of the deck than I can ordinarily show with my camera.

The new deck has added so much to our life, it really changed how we live. It’s exceeded our expectations in every way!

Now you’ll know where to find me! I’ll be sitting out here every day because it’s become my office, my personal retreat, our family dining area, and so much more.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I’ll be sharing more details on our deck, including more before and afters of our outdoor spaces and other details all summer. Thanks to Lowe’s and Trex for partnering on this project and to you for following along!

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You can get a little tour of the interior of our home here.

Catch up on some of the previous exterior project posts here.

Sources for many of the furnishings (provided by Lowe’s) are below.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

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Begin planning your own Trex deck and schedule Lowe’s PSE (Project Specialist Exterior) Installation service here!
Decking and railing in this project was provided by Trex
Decking color: Saddle
Railings: Trex Enhance in Charcoal
Installation and furnishings provided by Lowe’s.
Catch up on this project: how we designed and shopped for the deck as well as read more about the deck build process.

 

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