6 Ways to Make Over a Concrete Patio

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Concrete patios are very durable, but they’re just not very exciting. If you have a concrete slab in your backyard and you’re itching to jazz it up a bit, here are 6 ways to make over a concrete patio!

 

1. Paint a Pattern

Yes, you can paint your concrete slab. The Handmade Home scored their concrete slab with a circular saw to create a diamond pattern and then painted it with two shades of gray using concrete paint. What a transformation!

 

2. Lay Decking Flooring

Did you know you can lay decking over a concrete slab? And that it’s not as hard as it sounds! Here’s how you can do it. To finish it off, you can attach white fascia boards along the sides. This is a really great way to make over a concrete patio, because decking flooring will instantly warm up your outdoor space.

 

3. Add Curves With Pavers

A square concrete slab is standard, but you can add curves around your concrete patio with the help of pavers. For instance, you could add a half circle to one side to create a fire pit area. Or use pavers to border off a circular garden at one corner of your patio. This is such a pretty way to make over a concrete patio.

 

4. Lay Slate Tiles

Concrete is already a great base for tiles, so you could lay slate tiles to completely transform your concrete patio. First, check for any cracks or weak spots and repair them. Then you’re good to go! Tile your concrete patio just as you would tile any other space in your home.

 

5. Stain the Concrete to Look Like Tile

If you love the look of tiles but not the hard work or the expense, you could stain the concrete to look like tile! Use 1/2 inch tape (try car shops to find this size) to create “grout” lines on the floor and then stain over it. Peel off the tape and ta-da, instant tile! Just make sure to clean it beforehand and seal it afterwards and you’ll have a concrete patio that looks nothing like concrete.

 

6. Add a Beautiful Outdoor Rug

The easiest way to make over a concrete patio is to invest in a large and striking outdoor rug. Here’s a great example. The eye will instantly go to the rug and the concrete patio will disappear into the background. Put some great outdoor furniture on top of the rug and you’ve got yourself an outdoor space you can be proud of. If you like a beachy color scheme of blue and white, you’ll love this rug.

 

For some more inspiration, check out this painted concrete floor. And if you’re actually itching to get a concrete patio because you have nothing in your backyard right now, see how you can DIY a concrete patio!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Build Your Own Fire: 7 DIY Fire Pit Tutorials

7 DIY Firepit Tutorials | Tipsaholic.com #outdoor #diy #firepit #backyard

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Create a summer full of memories with your family by building a fire pit in your backyard! From roasting marshmallows with your kids to drinking wine with your significant other outside, a fire pit will be a wonderful addition to your outdoor living space. Here are 7 great fire pit tutorials for you to try. They range from really easy to fairly labor intensive, so you’re sure to find one that will work perfectly for you. Just be sure to check your local fire pit regulations before you begin building!

 

1. Modern Concrete Fire Pit

Grab a bag of concrete mix, a mold (a large bowl works) to create the shape of your fire pit, and rocks that can withstand fire. Put in gel fireplace fuel canisters and you’ve got a DIY fire pit that’s very easy to light up and easy on the eyes.

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2. Semi-DIY Fire Pit

If you like the idea of DIY but don’t have a lot of time or skills, this fire pit project is for you. First, buy a very simple fire pit and then add landscaping bricks around it to make it look more of a part of your outdoor landscape. The landscaping bricks aren’t just for aesthetics — they make the store-bought fire pit safer since it can’t be tipped over by a wayward toddler or an adult who’s not paying attention. Anyone can do this project!

 

3. DIY Fire Pit Corner

Do you have a corner in your backyard that is always muddy and won’t grow grass? Designate it as a fire pit corner and add pea gravel around a DIY fire pit made with pavers and constructive adhesive.

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4. DIY Fire Pit Tutorial Video

This video is very clear and shows you exactly what you need to do to build a fire pit with pavers, pea gravel, and a grill plate. It also shows how to make “legs” for the grill plate using rebars and hose clamps. Even if you decide not to make this particular fire pit, the video is worth watching just to get a clearer picture of how to build fire pits in general.

 

5. Steel Fire Pit

This great DIY fire pit is made with sheets of gauge hot rolled steel, welded together. If you know how to weld or know someone who does, this project looks easy enough to pull together!

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6. Glass Fire Pit

This is a gorgeous glass DIY fire pit built with glass frames, silicone caulk, and a metal planter! Put your beautiful creation on an outdoor table and enjoy the flickering flames reflecting off the glass.

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7. Square Stone Fire Pit

There are so many stone fire pit tutorials on the web, but not that many square DIY fire pits. If you like the idea of a square fire pit, which can look more modern than the traditional round shape, this is a great tutorial for you!

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As a bonus, here’s a great idea: paint the tops of cut logs with glow in dark paint and use them as seating around your fire pit. Love it. And here’s another DIY fire pit project done with a fire pit kit, as well as a DIY curved seat wall. So good.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

Featured image courtesy of The Art of Doing Stuff.