Hello friends, hope you had a good weekend. The hubby and I celebrated our anniversary and had such a relaxing/refreshing time. It is amazing how necessary those getaways are and how grateful we were to get some time together. It was especially wonderful after all the work we just spent updating our patio – you may have seen the fun Bloggers Patio Party here. Today I wanted to share the simple tutorial for our DIY Stenciled Patio. Please note that the process is simple but the time is extensive, haha….

Before we dive in, I wanted to share a before. When I was gathering photos, I couldn’t believe I didn’t grab a good before shot of this messy little spot! So the best I could do was show you all the stuff piled out as we prepped for the paint… So her you go =)


As you can see we pulled everything off of the patio and onto the lawn.

We only needed a handful of materials and with projects like this make sure to factor in drying and application times. I had mentioned before that the tile design was inspired by my very talented friend, Brooke at Nesting with Grace and her beautiful kitchen/home. The tile stencil I picked out was from Cutting Edge Stencils in the large size.



There were quite a few cracks and this really helped prep the surface. I was amazed at how hidden the cracks became with the new stenciled pattern.


  • Next we primed the surface with this BEHR concert bonding primer. Again, this was just another helpful step in really getting the patio ready for pretty paint.



  • Lastly, I picked up this driftwood gray Cabot DeckCorrect paint and started the stenciling. This step was easy, but each row took about a half hour to complete. I found using a stencil brush was better and more controlled than rolling on the paint. Our surface was not completely flat because of the style concrete we have, so the brush helped in that aspect too. The paint is really thick and was nice for stenciling as it did not seep or spread easily. As pictured above, you can see that it is not perfect and some paint found it’s way out at times… I am ok with that, in the scheme of things it really isn’t obvious and the space looks a 100 times better (at least I think so =)).


So there you have it! Some basic steps, lots of time and a new patio! I will be checking in with you over time to see how it is holding up and will be crossing my fingers that it lasts well over time. I am excited to see how it will age because real tile will do the same. So in this case, I am actually hoping for some dirt, moss, etc…

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope this inspires you to enjoy your spaces even on a budget – so much can be done with paint!

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25 Responses to DIY Stenciled Patio

  1. Kirsten says:

    Incredible!!!!! Such a genius idea!!! I hope that I can convince my husband that we really need that makeover!!
    He was against painting it white but this here…..far better!!!
    Thank you for sharing:o)
    xx Kirsten

    • Annie says:

      Kirsten, I am so glad you enjoyed and good luck convincing =). We have plenty of that around here, lol. Hope you will share how it goes if so! I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Tricia says:

    So cute! I love it!!

  3. Tania says:

    It looks beautiful! Did you seal it with anything?


    • Annie says:

      Hi Tania, thank you! We did not because all the paint I used was intended to be used without. That is a great question as I thought about it, but am hoping this all hold up. Thanks again for stopping by!

      • Kathie says:

        Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan would be great to use as it loves to bond to concrete and stand up well to the outside elements. I am going to have to do this!!

  4. Kristi says:

    SUCH an incredible transformation!!! It turned out beautifully!

  5. Helen says:

    This looks amazing! And it’ll only get better with wear, well done!x

  6. You are so right. We don’t have to spend a fortune to get a fabulous look. This is so beautiful, total transformation of space I love it. It looks like an old Italian Villa (with new flooring) but it just looks like it was always there..

  7. Mary Vitullo says:

    I love how this turned out. So pretty.

  8. Kelly says:

    What section under shop stencils is the one you used under. Can’t find.

  9. Elle says:

    I rent and have an ugly balcony patio. Carpet, artificial grass all looks odd since it opens out right from the living room. Our ONLY window. Can you think of anything I could lay down. On top and stencil? Since I don’t own. This is just gorgeous and the look I have been wanting.

    • Annie says:

      Hi Elle, thank you so much and I am so glad you enjoyed it! Maybe you could get an outdoor rug similar to the plastic ones they have at Ikea and use something like a chalk paint with a varnish on top (I believe Annie Sloan sells a coordinating floor varnish). Something that wouldn’t react harshly or ruin the plastic would be important – but maybe you could see what the paint stores would recommend (as I am not certain). That way it could still be rinsed and wear well. Not sure, just a thought but hope it helps =)!

  10. Brooke Culver says:

    Hi! This space is absolutely gorgeous!! I have just bought the supplies to do on our back porch. I’m both excited and nervous! I saw that you have concrete stairs going into your house, we do as well. I was wondering what you did with them? Painted solid or stenciled?

  11. Barbara says:

    This is stunning! We have a large, ugly, and rather beat up patio which is the “centerpiece” of our backyard :0. We completely remodeled an older home so not much left in the budget for a new patio. This idea is inspirational and, more importantly, doable! Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. would love to know how it’s holding up…we have a bare concrete porch that i was just about to paint with concrete paint (just a solid color). But i just saw your cute patio and would love to know your thoughts !

  13. Kathie says:

    This is amazing! Where did you find the cabot deck correct? I am having a hard time finding this product

  14. Jane says:

    Love your patio Annie! What size stencil did you use?

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