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We have a small, concrete slab patio in the back of the house and it was a sorry, sorry sight. We used it sparingly in the past, but as we continue to finish our basement, we definitely want to use it more. So, to get it ready, we took on a patio makeover project to get rid of the drab gray paint look left behind by the previous homeowners. 

Here is the before picture…

patio_before photo

Not only was the gray paint chipping and just the wrong color for the house altogether, it was in desperate need of a power washing!

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After you prep your concrete surface by power washing all of the dirt and debris away, you have to let it dry overnight before you attempt to coat it like we did. You’ll need a couple of things in order to complete this project:

  • Behr Granite Grip concrete coating
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • 4″ chip brush
  • 1/4″ adhesive roller cover
  • Paint roller with extension pole
  • Paint tray

Behr Granite Grip is sold exclusively at Home Depot. While they have 18 different colors of the product, we opted for the regular tan, sold in a 5-gallon bucket. For our 10 ft. by 12 ft. patio, we went with this size since you need to apply two coats of the product. We definitely have a bit left over, but better to have too much than too little for a project like this!

Once your surface is dry, start by taping the edges with your painter’s tape. I didn’t bother to tape the sides against the grass, just the side alongside the house.

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Now, the first step is to apply the granite grip around the edge of the patio. Once you have completed that, you also need to use the chip brush to apply the coating to any cracks in the surface.

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Once you have your edges and cracks covered, you’re ready to cover the entire surface. You absolutely need to use a paint roller with an extension pole since it’s a large surface. Alex actually didn’t have it for the first coat and it was back breaker! You’ll use quite a bit of the product. The coating has the little bits of texture in it, so you need to be aware of how they are spreading. Continually plunging into the bottom of the paint tray to stir up the coating helps to keep it even.

patio_first coat granite grip

After about 3 hours, we were ready to apply the second coat over the first. You’ll notice in the next picture that the coating looks a bit uneven immediately following the second application. We were worried that it looked a little spotty; however, once the coating completely dries over a couple of days, the color and texture evens out.

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After a couple of days, the coating evened out and looks great. {Ignore the dead grass…that’s a project for the fall!}

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A little concrete coating and one weekend of work goes a long way! This concrete upgrade provided the perfect backdrop for a couple of other projects we have completed outside. Check back soon for part 2 of this patio makeover!

Happy home improving!