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.
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
- Leaf Blower
- Pressure Washer
- Push Broom
- Plastic Watering Can
- Putty Knife
- Extra Large Paint Roller Frame
- Extra Large Paint Roller Tray
- Power Drill with Mixing Paddle Attachment
- Valspar Fast Prep Concrete Cleaner (We used 4 gallons)
- DAP Liquid Cement Crack Filler
- KILZ General Purpose Exterior Primer (We used 13 gallons)
- Rustoleum Anti-Skid Additive (We used 10 packs)
- KILZ 1-Part Epoxy Concrete & Garage Floor Paint – Slate Gray (We used 10 gallons)
- Extra Large Rough Paint Roller Covers
- 3″ Angled Paint Brush
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.
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.
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:
- Backyard Before Tour
- Swimming Pool Liner Makeover Reveal
- How to Paint Vinyl Siding & Pool Shed Makeover
- DIY Window Boxes from Repurposed Scrap Wood
- Boho Summer Back Porch
- Limewash Brick Exterior Makeover