10/06/2015

Painted Patio Rug!

Now that it's done

I can say,


"It's really pretty but,

Oh my aching back!"

I painted this 'rug' directly on the concrete!



Here is what I started with. Our back patio...


It has a lovely pergola and that makes it feel cozy with the surrounding rock wall and it's also lower than the yard. But it was boring. So I decided to paint the concrete to make it look like a rug was under the patio furniture. Easy care and will last for over 10 years. See that bit of brick border above? I did that with the same paint almost 13 years ago and it is still there. I have power washed this patio yearly too.
I spent four hours a day for a week painting this rug with the tiny bottles of 'Patio Paint Outdoor'  by DecoArt that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Since it was a huge area to paint right on the concrete, I elected to leave part of it the concrete as the accent blocks instead of painting a huge blank space first with a single color then adding all the detail. This choice saved me a lot of work.
 I chose to use only three colors, gray, black and white. The center area is white with black painted"Welcome" and gray polka dots plus a black border.
The center around that area is simply, gray and raw concrete squares, with a tiny black diamond connecting them.
This picture was taken right after a rain. We keep our cushions in a vinyl deck box to protect them from weather and only get out the cushions when we use the area. You can see the outer border is a stencil and then I tied in the polka dot in the inner border as well. I put a few gray polka dots randomly in spots just to be different. I also centered N, S, E, W (North, South, East, West) on each side of the border just for fun.

Now it is a more interesting space, easy care...just blow off the leaves and no worries. Glad that project is done!

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22 comments:

  1. Congratulations - it looks terrific. You really did an outstanding job. Really makes the area pop.
    Mary

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  2. Omg! I love it, simply stunning....
    Ohh but your poor back and knees....
    But so worth it...

    Smiles~
    Mari

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  3. Wow! I love it! It looks beautiful!

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  4. It is beautiful!

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  5. I admire your lovely patio, your talent and your strength.

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  6. Looks fantastic! Did you use any kind of sealer on top of the paint?

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  7. it is "WOWderful". I so enjoy watching and waiting to see what you are going to do next. You always just amaze me with your talent and know-how! thank you for sharing this and all of everything else you share. Blessings to you Terry

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  8. it is WOWderful! thanks for sharing everything you do with us!

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  9. Really great job Terry! I love out door rugs too, but not the trip hazards, so I did the same on mom;s deck! Unfortunately, deck paint doesn't seem to have the resiliency of concrete paint- :' ( and I have maintenance issues every other year.
    Catherine

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  10. Looks stunning! I admire your talent! Great job!

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  11. Terrific idea and it looks amazing! good job

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  12. This is one amazing project, Terry! What I love most is that you incorporated the natural cement into the colors of the rugs...it just flows so perfectly. I once made a giant floor cloth from linoleum but, can't imagine tackling working on hard cement. Enjoy your masterpiece!
    JP

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  13. Great job as usual. You are such a talented artist!

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  14. I would have never guessed that this was not painted. Perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this great project at the #HomeMattersParty

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  15. Amazing! It really is wonderful. I love it. Perfect!

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  16. Wow, this turned out great! How creative!

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  17. Wow, Terry that is gorgeous. I can not even imagine bending over and doing that large of a space. Such a perfect addition to your patio. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  19. It is so beautiful. Rugs are very versatile thing for decoration, ,It give very good look on floor as well it also give same look on wall. Thank you for sharing. I really like your blog.
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