Should You Stencil Your Patio?

Should You Stencil Your Patio?

Hey there.  How’s your week going so far?  I feel like I am knee deep in projects, vacation planning, and trying to enjoy the ‘lazy’ days of summer.  I have to admit, I am enjoying a lot of pool time these days and loving every minute of it. 🙂  If you’ve followed along with me on Facebook, then you know that I have mentioned a desire to paint my patio.  Well, guess what?  I did it.  If you are wondering if painting a patio is something for you to try, I’m here to dish all about it.

First of all, let me begin by reminding you that I live in a new home.  My patio was perfectly fine before tackling this project.  I decided to do it because I wanted the patio to feel like more of an outdoor room than just a slab of cement.  I had a rug, but wanted a bit more.  Plus, all those lovely photos I was seeing on Instagram and Pinterest were whispering in my ear.  I was sure this would be the pop that I was wanting.

If you are also considering a project like this, let me tell you that stencils are a wonderful thing.  In my opinion, that is the only way to go since they take the guess-work out of the project.  The hard part for me was deciding which stencil to use.  I order my stencils from Royal Design Studio.  I have always been very happy with them and consider them to be durable and very user-friendly. Also I knew that I wanted to create a tile look.  This helped narrow down my selection.  The one I finally decided to go with is the Spanish Tile Set.

Spanish Tile Set from Royal Design Studio use for my patio makeover.


Now, with the stencil ordered, it was time to prep the patio for paint.  As I’ve mentioned, my patio is new and in great condition.  However, if your patio has cracks or holes, you will need to fix those before you paint the surface.  I had hoped to be able to just start with my base coat and go.  No.  I was told by the friendly people at Home Depot that I would need to etch my concrete first.  In case you are wondering like I was, this is a chemical that you scrub onto your patio, let it set for a half hour, then rinse off.  It has some form of acid that opens the pores of the concrete so that it will accept the paint.  This is the one I used.

etching compound to prep the patio for stenciling.


This process was no big deal.  It was done quickly and easily and it did not harm the grass around the patio.  Here’s what the patio looked like when we were ready to start.

Patio pre-stenciling for our patio makeover project.


I totally appreciated being photo bombed by the dogs. 🙂

Patio pre-stenciling for our patio makeover project.


You can see that we have swept off any debris and moved everything out of the way.  At this point the patio was ready for paint.  We went the Behr Porch & Patio paint in ultra white.  We also had the deep base tinted black. paint used for stenciling our patio














Applying the base coat was super quick and easy thanks to this.

Not only did the paint go on smoothly, it was also wonderful to not have to do the whole job on my knees.  And, since I’m in the heat of Texas, it dried quick as well.  I applied two coats of the white paint and let it dry overnight.  So far, this project is a breeze.

The next day I was excited to start applying the stencil pattern using the black Behr paint.  I first tried using the roller to apply it.  I hoped that it would be that easy.  #wishfulthinking

applying paint with a roller for a stencil is not the way to go


As you can see, too much paint.  It seeped under the stencil.  It’s not terrible, but it didn’t show the detail.  It kind of looks like a blob.  So the stenciling part was not going to be quite as easy as I hoped.

Next I tried some foam tipped brushes like this.


So these are great because they allow you to use a pounce type action to apply the paint.  Also you can control the amount of paint better with these than the roller.  However, it still didn’t work out great on the patio.  I’m thinking that perhaps my patio was too rough.  On a smoother surface they might have worked better.  Here’s what I got.

A patio makeover by stenciling the patio.

Better. right?  But, still not what I was wanting.

However, once I pulled out my handy-dandy stencil brush, it worked like a charm.

A patio makeover by stenciling the patio.


Although this was a lot of work on my hands and knees, it actually went pretty quickly considering how elaborate the pattern is.  And, I love the way it turned out.


A patio makeover by stenciling the patio.


Still, I did learn some lessons along the way.  So, I have a bit of advice for you if you’re considering doing this.  Ready?

  1.  Think carefully when you choose your stencil.  While I love my result, using four 8 inch stencils to complete over 350 square feet was a LOT of work.  A larger stencil would have been so much faster and easier to complete.
  2.  Think about when you want to complete the project.  Consider the weather.  It needs to be warm enough to paint and yet not too hot to give you heat stroke.  Also, make sure there is no rain in the forecast.  It was super hot in my area.  My water intake definitely went up for those days.
  3.  Don’t stress out.  If you mess up or make a mistake, you can easily correct by simply repainting.  Also, no one else will study your work and be as critical as you.  So what I’m saying here is ~ I may or may not go back for touch up work. 🙂  It’s not perfect and it’s ok.
  4.   As always, less paint is more.  With stenciling you do not want too much paint on your brush.  This will help you avoid paint bleeding under the stencil.
  5.   Make sure the design you choose is going to be something you are going to love for a while.  I wouldn’t go too trendy with my design or my colors.  At the same time, you do need to really love it.  It’s going to take some time to complete.


All done, I think the project probably took 10-12 hours.  It was not back breaking work at all ~ especially if it’s not too hot outside.  Would I do it again?  Yes!  I really like the outcome and the feel it gives our patio.   Now I just need it to cool down a bit so we can entertain on the patio.  That will be about October. 🙂

So, have you tackled a project like this and lived to tell about it?  If so, I want to hear about it.  If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to leave it below in the comments.  I ALWAYS love to hear from you.  Now here’s the real question.  What do you think?

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Until next time~


  1. I LOVE this! So creative and way cooler than a plain ole’ patio rug. How long does this tend to last out in the elements?

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      Thanks. I’m not sure how long. I’ve seen other people say it will last years. I guess time will tell. 😉

  2. What a lovely way to add some texture to your outdoor space!! Looks fabulous!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

  3. This is so much fun! I love what you did. I am a big fan of stenciling. I just recently painted our patio and was so pleased with the outcome that I also wanted to take it one step further and stencil a rug section. I have been hesitant about doing it but now that I see your result I may have to do something….hmmm. HA! Great idea-thanks for sharing at the chic on a shoestring party where I found your link. I like your site!

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      Thanks so much! If you decide to stencil a rug, I’d love to see how it turns out. So glad you stopped by.

  4. Thanks for linking up to The Gathering Place! Love how your patio turned out!

  5. Oooo, this looks amazing. Do you have to seal it afterwards or anything?

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      Thanks! No, I have not sealed mine. The Behr paint I used does not mention a need to seal or protect at all. I might also worry that if I sealed it, it might make the patio slippery when it’s wet???

  6. This is so great! I don’t have a concrete patio, but I have been planning to paint some concrete pavers. Thanks for the push to go ahead and do it.
    🙂 gwingal

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      Yay! I am so glad I could be just the push you needed. Jump right in. It’s not hard at all. Let me know how it turns out.

  7. Love how your patio turned out! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party – I’ll be featuring this tomorrow morning on my site when the new party starts!

  8. Wow Jenny it looks great and looks like you worked hard too – totally worth it though

  9. Wowee dowee!! I cannot believe you painted that intricate pattern! It looks amazing. I painted 1,000 sq.ft. patio ONCE. But I ragged it on which is like candy compared to what you did. You should be proud!!

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      Oh, how sweet. Thanks so much. Truly, this was not a hard project. I’m telling you, stencils make it a breeze. You should try it. You’ll see. Thanks so much for visiting.

  10. Jenny thanks for being honest about the project. I recently did a stencil on a trunk and got a backache so I can imagine how hard this must have been. The result is stunning and well worth it. I have one question, did you add a sealant on top?

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      Thanks so much Mary. It really wasn’t too hard of a project. Just should have done a larger scale stencil maybe. No, I did not use a sealant. The Behr paint does not mention that it needs one, but it has crossed my mind. I just wonder if a sealant might make it slippery when wet??

  11. I love how this looks! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend! 🙂

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      Thank you so much for the feature! I am so glad you liked the project. Have a fantastic weekend.

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      Wow! Thank you so much Carol. I thrilled to be featured and I love linking up at your party. Have a great week!

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      Thanks so much Michelle for the feature. I appreciate you sharing it with your readers. Have a great week!

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      Thanks Audrey for the feature. I so happy to be shared with all of your readers. Have a great week!

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      Thanks so much for the feature! I really appreciate you sharing this project. Have a great week.

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