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

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


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

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

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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

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


  10. Terrific idea and it looks amazing! good job

  11. 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!

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

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

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

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

  16. 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

  17. Wow - seriously one of the best projects. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  18. 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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