When I was putting together the design plan for Jamie’s patio makeover with Lowe’s Home Improvement, I settled on the back door color pretty quickly. But, something still felt unfinished to me. That’s when I remembered those images of painted concrete steps that I’d always liked. A simple DIY painted runner was the answer to finishing her outdoor space—and adding more color.
Her steps weren’t in the very best condition to begin with, but she and her husband power washed them before we arrived. They were still a little chipped and pitted in places, but we decided to ignore that and move forward with the painting.
We used Valspar’s anti-skid porch and floor paint since this is a highly used entry door for their family. I included this picture of the paint so you can see the texture:
There are several color options for the porch paint. We chose “new concrete” for the main color (seemed appropriate!) and a rich blue called “indigo streamer” for the stripes. This is what it looked like once we painted the gray:
So, one quick tip when painting stripes on concrete. . . We used a regular painter’s tape but had some bleeding. I would recommend going with one that’s made for a textured surface and could possibly seal off the stripe better. (I blogged about one option here.) Our lines weren’t as crisp as we wanted, but we were able to take a small craft brush and touch up the navy lines with the gray paint. A little tedious but it worked well in cleaning up the lines.
We also used a glossy black paint to make the doorframe and railing pop. To tie in the door color, we painted a chartreuse trim on a few of the planters.
See the rest of this patio makeover (and sources) here.
Janette @ The 2 Seasons says
Emily, can you tell me what the measurements of the pavers that you used on the grill.? I looked at Lowe’s and there were so many wonderful options that I wasn’t sure which size to select.
Also, our blog is the one you featured with the painted steps on your Saturday Six. Thank you for that!
Emily Clark says
Yes–your painted steps were great inspiration. Thank you!
The pavers were the 12×4″ size.
I think it still looks great! We have highly textured walls and ceilings so it was a challenge to get crisp lines between wall and ceiling until I found this tutorial. I think it would work paining stripes on textured surfaces too. Here it is: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/05/home-improvement-painting-a-straight-line-on-textured-walls-a-pro-painters-secret.html
Jake's a Girl says
This patio turned out really lovely! I love the colors.
What stain treatment did you guys use on the patio concrete?
Emily Clark says
We didn’t. It rained before (and during) the final photos :)
I had no idea there was such a thing as anti-skid floor paint. I bet that would work on a garage floor to give it a cleaner appearance.