Friday, May 28, 2010

New “Tile” Patio Floor Reveal! (and giveaway winner!)

Well, we finally finished staining our concrete patio to look like tile!

This was is what our concrete patio looked like before.

Dull and dirty.


It doesn’t look as bad in these pictures as it did in person, but believe me…it didn’t look good.


As I was trying to decorate the patio with furniture, I just couldn’t get pass how ugly the floor looked.

So I wanted to tile it, but we couldn’t afford it.

My friend, Richella, suggested that we stain the concrete to look like tile. This seemed like an option that we could afford, so we went for it.

Here are the main steps to staining concrete.

1. Clean the concrete.

2. Stain the concrete.

3. Seal the concrete.

Not bad, huh?

We used Quikrete products from Lowe’s for this project.


The pamphlet suggests to prep the concrete with Quikrete BondLok.

However, my hubby insisted that Muriatic Acid would do the same thing. It would clean the concrete and open up the pores for staining. Since we already had some of it, we used it instead.

WARNING: Muriatic Acid is extremely dangerous!!! You do not want to get this on your skin!


You want to be sure to wear protective goggles and gloves. You may even want to wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose so you don’t breathe in too many fumes. My hubby did not since we were outside. I also thought he should wear some pants since the acid can burn through your skin! But luckily, he didn’t get anything on him. :)

If you use Quikcrete BondLok to clean the concrete, just be sure to read the directions carefully.

Here’s my man…ready for the job…


He carefully poured the acid into a large bucket. Then applied it with a large stiff broom.


You can’t see it in the picture, but the acid would actually bubble up on the concrete as it was applied.


We let it dry overnight before we began to tape the concrete.

Now you can skip this step if you don’t want your concrete to look like tile. But since we were going for the “tile look”, we used 1/2 inch tape to make our design.

It is not easy to find 1/2 inch tape. They don’t have it at Lowe’s or Walmart. We had to go to CarQuest and KOI Motors to get our tape. It is used a lot in painting cars.

My husband measured and made our starting point in the corner by the steps…


We wanted our tiles to measure 18 x 18 inches.

My husband also suggested we make the tiles on a diagonal. I am so glad he did! It looks so much better on a diagonal!

We used a large piece of trim molding that we had left over from another project, a tape measure, and pencil to draw our lines every 18 inches.


I did most of the taping by myself while my husband was at work. Many of you ask how I get so many things done around the house with four boys.

Well, one thing I do is to keep them busy doing something else…like a “slip and slide”.


They played on that slide for 3 hours straight! And Mama got a lot of work done. :)


And then I filled up their bellies! They loved that the table was in the grass under the shade tree. (I loved that I was able to get more done on the patio!)


After I finished taping in one direction, I started in the other.

This step was not hard AT ALL! It just took a little time.

I would suggest knee pads though. I didn’t have any, and now I have blisters on both of my knees!

Oh well, it was worth it.

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Now the concrete was ready to apply the stain.

Picking out the color of the stain was the most stressful part to me!

There is a color guide in the pamphlet which includes solid stains and translucent stains.


We liked the look of the translucent stains because they more closely resembled the look of tile.


However, they do tell you that each stain can look very different when applied to the concrete since each concrete surface is different.

We went with the color Vaquero Brown. You have to take the can of stain to the paint desk for them to mix the color for you.I was expecting it to look lighter on our concrete than in the picture, but I was wrong. It actually looked darker.

The pamphlet suggests to wet the concrete before applying the stain, but we did not. This may have made the stain a little lighter. Don’t really know.


We applied the stain with a roll brush.

Don’t cha love my hubbies black socks? Too cute.


We let it dry overnight, and we weren’t real happy with the results the next morning because you could see where all of the brush strokes were. Some were very dark and very noticeable.

So I got on my sore knees again, and applied a second coat of stain by hand with a rag to try and cover up the brush strokes.

We let that dry, and it definitely looked much better. Now with two coats of stain, it is definitely darker than what I had wanted, but I still think it looks so much better than our dull old gray concrete.

I peeled off the tape and here is what we have now…


It really looks like tile! Some of the stain bled through the sides of the tape, but it really just makes it look more like real tile to me.

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The last step is to applied the sealer. We went with the High Gloss Wet Look Sealer.


It looks exactly like milk and leaves a white film on the concrete when you apply it with a roll brush.


But it dries to a clean shiny finish…


Can you see the difference in the picture above? The top half of the pictures has the sealer on it and the bottom half does not.

The sealer helps protect and seal the stain.

We have let that dry overnight. I was wanting to get a picture of the patio with our furniture back on there this morning, but I decided to wait a little longer. I want to make sure that it is completely dry and that the furniture does not mess up all of our hard work.

Overall, I am VERY pleased with how this turned out. It gives our patio a very finished look.

Here is the breakdown of the costs:

Muriatic Acid – free (we already had it)


Sealer- $24.00

2 rollers - $6.00

Rubber gloves -$3.00

We already had the roll brush, the glasses, and bucket, so this whole project cost us less than $60.00!!!

Much better than the $300.00 it would have cost my husband to tile it himself! Plus, it was a lot easier!

On more time, the BEFORE…


and the AFTER…


Next, I need to work on the curtains and pillows for the furniture.

I will be sharing all of that process with you too!

Now for the winner of the Chantelle Nicole Designs Giveaway!!!

I used the random number generator to get number 116!

The winner is…

Mia Dawson

Mia commented, tweeted, facebooked, and posted about this giveaway! She must have really wanted to win!

Congratulations, Mia! I will be contacting you soon about your prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

If you didn’t win, but fell in love with one of Chantelle’s designs, she is offerering all of you a 10% discount on your orders.

Just enter the code: gift10

Thank you, Chantelle!

Don’t I have the best sponsors?

Have a blessed day!


I am linking this project to...
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Traci, You guys did a super job on the patio.
    Looks great and adds alot of character.
    God bless you and am praying.
    d from homehaven

  2. WOW I would have never thought to stain concrete - It looks amazing! I'm going to file that one away in my brain, haha. Great job!

  3. WOW...beautiful! Great savings and it looks amazing! Can't wait to see it all decorated!

  4. I LOVE how it turned out! Cant wait to see the porch with all your furniture!

  5. How beautiful, Traci! I'd bet you cannot WAIT to see what your furniture looks like on it!

    I'm also grateful you told us of the cons of the procedure.

    That ugly carpet in my basement may get lifted sooner than I realized now. I'm armed with info now after all! :)

    Enjoy that sweet outdoor space!


  6. WOw, this is amazing! I love the transformation, so much work but it paid off big time! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Traci, I love how it turned out!! What a great solution to concrete. I have long loved stained concrete & this is a great example. I know you'll get it spruced up & really enjoy this space.

  8. I like it sis! Can't wait to see it with the furniture back on it!

  9. I love how this turned out. We need to stain our concret too. Ours actually has the grout marks ground into the concret (I really like that). However, the previous owner was quite a fan of the color pink, so the "tiles" are stained pink. I need to do some research to see if I can stain over it. Yours looks fabulous and I love the color you chose.

  10. Traci, Your patio project turned out wonderful! I can imagine the taping was very tedious but the results are marvelous. I am looking forward to seeing the patio all decorated. Great Job.

  11. WOW Tracey, that looks awesome! Great work!

  12. This looks so amazing! I LOVE it! My hubby and I have been wanting to stain our concrete -- so thanks for the tutorial! :)

  13. Wow, I had no idea you could do this to concrete...Im such a newbie! Thanks for sharing the project and congrats to your lucky winner!:)

  14. All I can say is WOW. You are inspiring me to makeover our back patio - unfortunately living in Arizona this is going to have to wait until the fall (so November if we're lucky) because of the heat. It's amazing what you can do today withthe products out there and I love hearing about how they worked for others first hand. Thank you!

  15. This looks AMAZING!!!! I love it! I may try this to ours! Have a great weekend!!

  16. I love this project! You did a great job! I would have never thought to stain concrete, but it gives it such a nice look!! Good job! Can't wait to see how the rest of your porch comes along!!

  17. It turned out great! Thank you for sharing such a thorough tutorial. This maybe something I suggest to dear hubby.

  18. Once again you did an amazing job. Your energy is such an inspiration! Have a great long weekend.

  19. WOW...what a GREAT job! It looks fab! Now, whens the cookout??? lol

    Have a great weekend...and I'm sure you'll be enjoying your new patio look!!

  20. It looks great. And with boys you may be thankful that it came out a bit darker than you planned:) I look forward to seeing it will everything in place.

  21. Excellent job. It is very cool looking and what a big change. We are trying to decide about putting in a paver patio. I'm now considering having a concrete patio and doing what you have done. Jude

  22. Traci, this is spectacular! Now I wish I had a patio that I could stain! I can't wait to see it all put back together!

  23. I think it looks great, Traci! I'm glad you achieved the look you were going for.

  24. This is amazing, you two did a fantastic job! Give yourselves a pat on your backs!

  25. I totally agree that the bleed through makes is appear as real tile, real tile that has been there a long time. What a fantastic job, and such a hard working hubby you have! Very, very nice!

  26. Woooooah! That looks amazing. Only $60 too? Can't beat that with a stick!

  27. Wow! It looks fabulous! And I love the Kentucky Wildcats shirt too!

  28. I LOVE it! You are much better! I love the projects you come up with. Thanks for sharing!

  29. What a transformation! Like night and day. You did a great job. I'm thinking I might do this in our least in the craft room I'm going to create down there. Thanks for posting.

  30. What a transformation! Like night and day. I love the tile look. I'm thinking of doing this in our least in the area I'm going to create a craft room. Thanks for posting.

  31. Amazing! It looks great! Can't wait to see your furniture back in place! Great tutorial :)

  32. Traci, this great! it looks so much better now. more luxurious, classy and so nice. i wish i didn't have a pavor patio now. we were gonna do a deck this year and get a pool. that didn't happen. oh well it looks really nice. you and your husband did a good job!

  33. I love it! I want to stain my front steps that have a little texture on is darker tan. Any suggestions?

  34. I love it, we're debating what to do with ours... so glad you posted this when you did.
    One question: just curious... about how much was the tape?
    Thanks again!

  35. Oh my goodness!!! That looks amazing! I would have NEVER thought to do something like that. You and your friend are geniuses! Great work :)

  36. Your patio looks great! It was well worth all that labor!

  37. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I love it!

    At our new house the previous owners painted the sidewalk and part of the driveway with baby blue paint. :( I wonder if muriatic acid would take it off....then I could STAIN it. :)

  38. Wow Traci, your patio looks fantastic! I can't wait to see it with all of the furniture. I love outdoor living spaces...

  39. Awesome Tracie! It looks so nice, once you get all of your furniture back on it will be even more beautiful. Great inspiration too!

  40. I love it! It looks so great! I am going to feature this tomorrow!!

  41. Wow, Traci! This really does look like real tile! And I love the diagonal too. It looks so professional. I'm always amazed at how we can save money and have pretty much the same look we are after!

  42. Your patio looks awesome and like you said makes just a big difference. Congratulations on all the improvements and value you are adding to your home. We are currently selling our 5th home and have built our equity each time. Hard work and blisters on your knees does pay off. Looking forward to more updates!

  43. That looks so much better! I'm planning on doing the same thing with our covered front porch. Thanks for all the tips.

    Hubby's black socks were cute--but that Kentucky t-shirt? Ugly!! (we bleed orange at our house!) ;-)

  44. Oh my gosh, that turned out beautiful!! Our patio definitely needs something ... I'm thinking this is the way to go! Great job :)

  45. Hi Traci. This turned out beautiful. I just love the big beautiful yard too. Ya'll did a terrific job. You should be very proud.

    Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.
    Hugs...Tracy :)

  46. This looks amazing! I know you and your husband put in some long hours on this one. Just found your blog and can't wait to go through it! -shaunna :)

  47. Traci, things have been a zoo around my house this week, but I had to take a moment just to say how happy I am for you! This looks awesome! And thank you again for the linky love. You wouldn't believe how proud I am to be mentioned on your blog!

    Love, love, love to you!

  48. This is a fantastic transformation and I really like the dark brown color. I think it looks great with your brick!

  49. Okay, chick! LOVE this blog post!

    My husband is working on finishing our basement, and we are about ready for flooring. I have been telling everyone that I think I am gonna stain the concrete because we really don't have the funds to floor it right now.

    BUT, I was wondering how to do it, and I knew I was going to have to start researching soon.

    THEN, I found your post! LOVE IT. So, we will just head to Lowe's and check out the options. Thank you for sharing! I am pumped up now!

    ...and by the way, I just found out that one of my friends, Sarah Johnson, is your SISTER-IN-LAW! That was really SO weird!

    Who knew? VERY small world!

  50. It looks wonderful. I can't wait to see it with all for paito furniture. Thanks for the tutorial it will help my hubby and I to gather our courage for such a project.

  51. WOW!! That looks 200% better!! Your hubby [and his black socks] did a fanTABulous job!! I just love the end result. Truly, truly gorgeous!

  52. Your patio turned out amazing and it doesn't look like as much work as I thought it would be! You are so clever!

  53. Your patio turned out fabulous!!! We are painting/staining ours this summer too ~ your tutorial was perfect timing! Thanks for the great photos.
    p.s. your boys are totally adorable ;)

  54. What a transformation!!! I've got a slab of cement that I've been wanting to stain/paint... thanks for the great play-by-play!

  55. I cannot believe that this looks so much like tile, FAB-U-LOUS!!!! I do not know how u get all these projects finished with 4 kids,I just have two and I'm lucky to get my floor mopped once a week, I'm beginning to think you might be wonder It really turned out beautiful!!

  56. This looks great! Thanks for sharing. I'm inspired to do our patio by the pool now. I'm just wondering if it'll work on our concrete b/c it's a little textured and we have cracks in it already that have some caulk on them.

  57. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog, I was originally googling Headboard turned into coat racks, and voila! your blog appeared...and this post! Which was an awesome tutorial...because my hubby just recently pored concrete counter tops, and we were wondering how in the heck the whole "staining process" worked! I just love your new patio! what hard work that was, huh? and it sure did pay off! BTW....I am your newest follower! I can not wait to see more!

  58. love the tile look on your patio...can't wait to come visit again! tim wants to know if he can please see more pics of your hubby in black socks!

  59. did you get my earlier comment? it disappeared...oh no!

  60. Hi internet is finally working although it's on again and off again. But while it's ON i will say how incredibly excited i am about winning this!!! What do i need to do? Thank you so much. Can't wait to shop and show off my treasure!!!! :-)

  61. It looks amazing....I did this for a clients patio once but did a cobblestone held up awesome!

  62. that turned out awesome, I would have never thought you could fake tile!

  63. Hi, Tracey,, your patio looks wonderful. It really looks like tile. I cant imagine how tiring that must've been.

  64. This is so stinkin' awesome! I love the new look. Thanks so much for doing the tutorial. I'm going to try to talk my hubbie into trying it. :)

  65. Very nice-it looks wonderful

  66. wow!!! That is impressive!

  67. Beautiful patio...hope to see it with all the furniture soon!

  68. FANTASTIC!! It looks wonderful and don't you love to save money and get such satisfaction from doing it yourself??? Loved the photo of your boys sitting at the table, brings back memories of my "earlier" life. Enjoy

  69. beautiful!! It'd be a big job, but I wonder how that would look around our pool... hmm. (I better be careful. My husband is going to disconnect the internet. lol.)

  70. This is amazing!!!
    Lots of work but well worth the effort!!
    Love it! love it! love it!

  71. wow.. I applaud you on a job well done. it looks Fabulous~!


  72. My mom came over to ask me if I could help prep the house for the surprise party that she is hosting this coming July 25th. the event is going to take place in our patio at home, and I think we need to do something with our patio because it looks bare and uninviting. I came across your blog while I was searching for patio design ideas and, yes, you guys did a good job with your patio. It is well-polished and very attractive. I'm going to drop by our local store that sells tiles and flooring (Sarasota). I have searched their site earlier and I have found the perfect (Sarasota) tiles for our patio. Hope to finish everything before the main event. Well, wish us luck.
    Thanks for sharing this great post!


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