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DIY Painted Concrete Pool Deck and Patio

A full step-by-step tutorial to paint a concrete pool deck and patio to make it last and save thousands by doing it yourself.

This post is sponsored by Walmart.

Mistakes are proof you’re trying, right? Welllllllll… we tried REALLY hard at our concrete patio / pool deck about a year ago. And not only was it a mistake, but it was a gigantically bad fail.

I mean… so bad.

UPDATE: See the final pool reveal here!

To be fair, we were in the depths of wrangling an ear-infection/colic-prone baby not sleeping through the night back then and that didn’t help our willingness to fix our mistake right away.

After we gave our pool a major overhaul and spruced up our pool shed, we thought a concrete refresh would be a great idea. And then after choosing an absolutely wrong, completely blinding paint color and barely making a dent in the paint job after applying an entire 5 gallon bucket, we saved the project for another day.

And now we finally decided it was time to remedy this for good!

We got a quote from a paint company first just to see if it would be better to hire a pro for this big job, and it was estimated to cost $3,000 by a contractor.

We figured we’d give it the ol’ college try again and attempt to keep it under $1,000. And guess what?! We did it!!!

Walmart teamed up with us for this DIY & Done project that really any beginner DIYer could handle. It really wasn’t a difficult project at all. Hot and time-consuming, yes, but not difficult.

DIY Painted Concrete Pool Deck and Patio

Tools:

Supplies:

OUR TOTAL COST: $904.22 (not including our tools)

*Be sure to check the weather forecast and plan to do this project in 4 consecutive warm, dry-weather days. This project takes 3 work days + 24 hours after work is finished for paint drying. Our large concrete pool deck and patio required about 12 hours of total labor time.

The Steps:

1. We used a leaf blower to remove any leaves and debris from the concrete first.

2. Work in 10 sq ft sections for this step: Use a garden hose to dampen a section of concrete. Fill a plastic watering can (do not use metal) with the concrete cleaner & etcher and pour it evenly on the damp concrete.

3. Let the concrete cleaner sit for 2-3 minutes. You should hear it fizz and bubble as it cleans. Scrub with the push broom in 2 perpendicular directions.

4. Use a pressure washer to rinse away the concrete cleaner and remove any excess dirt and grime. (We love this pressure washer.) Let the concrete fully dry before moving on to the next step.

5. Fill any cracks and holes in the concrete with Liquid Cement Crack Filler.

6. Spread the crack filler with a putty knife until smooth and let dry completely.

7. Apply 1 coat of the KILZ General Purpose Exterior Primer with an extra large roller for large areas and angled paint brush for edges, cracks, and hard to reach places.

8. Let the primer coat dry completely up to 24 hours, depending on weather conditions.

9. In a large 5 gallon bucket, combine 5 gallons of the KILZ Concrete & Garage Floor Paint with the Rustoleum Anti-Skid Additive and mix using a power drill with paddle attachment.

10. Apply the anti-skid mixed paint. We were very happy with the coverage of this paint as we only needed 1 coat! Woot!

So much better!!!

After allowing the paint to dry 24 hours, we painted cracks, edges, and details with angled paint brushes, but you could do that before rolling the paint actually.

We are SO pleased with how this turned out! The color looks just like freshly poured concrete!

It did feel a little slippery the first few times it got wet, but as the paint cures, the grip improves.

Can you believe the difference in this space over the last two years?!

We’re having fun decorating with furniture on the freshly painted concrete deck & patio now that this long-awaited project is finally finished. I can’t wait to show y’all the patio spot all dressed up!

I’ll share that later this week.

If you missed any of our previous posts about our home’s exterior, you can see our journey here:

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25 Comments

  1. How does it look a year later? We are interested in the long haul as we’ve followed manufacture’s directions and had ours peel up or flake. Definitely looking for a lasting solution. Thank you!

    1. It has held up perfectly! It needs a power washing in a couple of places from just regular dirt needing to be cleaned off of the surface, but other than that, no peeling, no flaking, and no issues at all.

  2. Did you guys need to seal it or think the paint would need to be sealed so it doesn’t chip? I’m wanting to do this to our patio but worry about the dog paws scratching it

    1. It is warmer than our bare concrete was but it’s not unbearably hot. I think choosing a lighter gray was definitely helpful in that area.

  3. Would you recommend that concrete cleaner if we just want to clean our patio and pool area concrete? We used a concentrate cleaner in our pressure washer, last week, and I feel we have to go over and over it to get it where I want. When we paid for our pool to be replastered, the company painted the concrete, so we don’t need to repaint, but we’ve let a ton of dirt build up, and it grosses me out! I see mud build up each time the pool gets use.

    1. Yes! The concrete cleaner bubbles and helps lift away any dirt/grime. I definitely saw a difference pressure washing with that applied first versus just pressure washing without the cleaner.

  4. Great job! If you were painting your garage floor would you recommend the anti-skid additive?
    Susan

    1. I’d definitely still use the anti-skid just to be safe. It would be nice to have for rainy days if your garage floors get wet and slick.

  5. You guys are so much like my husband and I, we too, usually end up tackling projects ourselves, because everyone wants to over charge you. It makes me so upset how much people want to charge these days. You and your husband rocked, on this project too. It looks amazing.

    1. In the middle of this project, Robert looked at me and asked, “How much did the contractor want to charge? Can we call him right now? I’m so over this.” Haha! It was not easy in 90+ degree heat. I think I’d only ever do it again if I was being paid $2,000, so I get it. Haha!

  6. Great job, guys! Pool area looks good. Hooray for DIY and saving money for other things. I am a recent subscriber to your blog and FB page. Thanks for sharing tips and projects.

  7. Thanks for the response! We may just try this anyway as our quote to have it done professionally was even more than yours. Thanks for all the detail and the step by step. Yours looks so good!

  8. Huge difference! You and your husband pulled off a very arduous project, but the results are fantastic! Looks great!

  9. I think you and Robert ROCK, as always! Great job. I can’t wait to see the accessories. As always, thanks for sharing.

  10. Hi Lauren! Was there any type of cool deck or other coating on the concrete before your update, or was it just plain concrete? We live not too far and our patio is in a similar condition as you’re “before”. But we have an old, worn “cool deck” finish and I’m wondering if this would work for us. Thanks!

    1. Hi Melissa! No, ours was just plain concrete, so I’m not sure what the cool deck coating would do in this situation.

  11. Whoa I can’t believe the difference from just paint! Seriously looks like freshly poured concrete. Can’t wait to see it styled!

  12. It looks great! I love the color you chose. And I can’t believe that pool didn’t have rails to begin with! So much better now!

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