May 22, 2013

LITTLE FIX UP

-small changes make for the perfect place to do some summer entertaining!- 

We were blessed with a super sweet concrete piece of $%!# when we bought this house. So, we were faced with the typical homeowner conundrum; do we blast the concrete because a brick patio would be a billion times nicer, OR leave it alone because we'll end up putting more money into it than we'll get out of it when we sell?? Since selling may come sooner than anticipated, we decided to leave it. But there wasn't a chance in hell I was going to leave it alone, regardless if we do move sooner than later, I need a place outside to put my feet up and drink! So, I researched stain and came across outdoor acid stain for concrete. I went to a commercial paint store to pick up the stain, Home Depot to get the sealant, and sprayed that sucker until it was a nice shade of dark gray (total cost for products and tools was $125). The stain brought out all of the concrete's imperfections which gave it some character, and the sealer gave it a nice smooth, slightly glossy finish. Add simple terra cotta plant pots, cushions from Etsy and a garden patio umbrella, this otherwise plain jane patio was dressed up and ready to entertain without breakin' the bank!


10 comments:

Eleanor said...

Ingenius and it looks fantastic!
More proof that you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to keep things looking great.

jacquelyn | lark&linen said...

what a difference! it looks great

Alyssa said...

I love the little makeover. So cute–I'd love spending time out there!

Carrie @carrieloves said...

This is the right post at the right time for me - I spilled a 1/2 of paint (from atop an 8' ladder) on my cement front porch last weekend while trying to paint my porch rails - yes, I'm a clutz. Most of it peeled off the cement the next day, but there's one area that I swiped with a rag and it didn't come up, it looks just awful. I'm definitely going to do this! Thanks!!!

Tobe | BIA said...

looks fab!

Karen at Home Sweet Hollywood said...

Wow Liz...what a great transformation. It looks fantastic! Great idea to stain the concrete and your decorating touches look great!

Karen at Home Sweet Hollywood said...

P.S. Where did you ever find such a pretty silver-ish color patio set? All of the ones I seem to see are black. The lighter color of yours is very pretty. :)

Trisha @ Vignette said...

This is such a beautiful transformation! The small touches pack a huge punch!

christie mc said...

love it! great ideas.

emily said...

just found your blog. I love the stain! How did you spray it on? I just rent, but i've been dying to stain the concrete on my back patio...I think it would make such a difference...but not sure it's worth it. But, you're project is swaying me that way!

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