Last year, I featured a tour of our yard. It looks very different now, than it did when we moved in over a decade ago! We cleared a lot of shrubs and brush, added a pool, fence and patio.
We painstakingly chose each element, as we wanted the landscape to look as if it could have been original. Keep in mind, the house was built in the 1920's.
I like simple and simple is usually cheap.
Our patio was no exception.
We needed something that would compliment the basic bricks we chose for our pool area, but I did not want modern pavers. I wanted an old world look, a cottage garden look, an imperfect and aged look. So we opted for a poured concrete patio, with wooden dividers.
The concrete was colored a lovely shade of brown and it was perfect ~ for about ten years!
The color slowly faded away and our charming cocoa garden nook, looked like a parking lot.
Thankfully, hubby is super handy and this past weekend, he stained it! Now it looks fabulous again and it was a really easy process. Well, so he says, I don't think that I would be up to that kind of challenge!
First he power washed the patio, using water only.
Next, he sprayed it down with Simple Green and scrubbed it with a broom. He washed all the cleaner away with the hose and let the patio dry. We were told that using an acid wash was not necessary and we went with that advice, as we did not want chemicals near the garden, pool or pond. Granted, our patio already has a rough sanded texture and it was clear of any large stains.
The next day, he used the blower and got rid of all the dust, leaves and debris that were on the surface.
He opened the concrete stain and using a brush, he cut in the edges of the entire patio. When he was done, he simply rolled the stain onto the surface, one section at a time.
Now, the instructions on the can said to use a sprayer to apply the product and we are firm believers in following the rules. However, my husband did not want to tape off the house, the pool bricks, the deck and the pond with plastic, so he opted for the roller instead.
It worked just fine.
He only applied one coat and it looks fabulous!
I actually didn't realize how dramatic a change it was, until I peeked back at the before picture.
It really made a very big difference.
If you're curious about my wrinkly roof, I explain it all here!
A few tips:
Check the weather, you don't want any rain in the forecast for a few days after you apply the stain so it cures properly.
Let the surface dry completely before you walk or drive on it. We blocked the area off for about 48 hours.
Make sure you use a product that is specifically made for concrete and outdoors. We used Behr Semi Transparent Concrete Stain tinted in Saltillo Tile from Home Depot . It comes in a variety of other colors as well.
It's still early in the season here, so my plants are not up and frankly, we need a new patio set, but I already think it looks much better this year than last. It certainly looks more polished, even the divots and imperfection have more character! Thank you, thank you handy hubby!
Have you ever stained concrete?