Before and After: This Patio’s Major Makeover Is Thanks to Paint—Seriously

updated Aug 14, 2019
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About this before & after
Home Type
House
Project Type
Outdoor Spaces
Style
Bohemian
Eclectic
Farmhouse
Skill Level
DIY
Rental Friendly
No
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Credit: Devon Else

After purchasing a South Florida farmhouse, Devon Else and her husband spent their renovation budget on a kitchen remodel and shiplap installation. Devon wanted their large patio to also feel warm and inviting—”We are outdoor living, loving people!” she writes of her family of five—so she decided to break out some paint and DIY it.

Credit: Devon Else

Rather than spending a bunch of money to tile the patio’s concrete floor, Devon took seven days to stencil it using Cutting Edge Stencils’ Ambrosia Moroccan pattern. (She got the $39.95 stencil for free by collaborating with the company on the project.) And seriously, raise your hand if you thought the flooring was made of tiles when you initially looked at the “after” picture.

Credit: Devon Else

“I first painted my entire patio Benjamin Moore Simply White,” Devon writes. “For the flooring, I used BEHR [Premium] Porch & [Patio] Floor Paint and had Home Depot tint it for me. After stenciling I made sure to seal my new floors with BEHR [Premium] Low-Lustre Sealer. I used two coats, and now I can move my furniture around and I don’t have any issues with my floors being scratched.”

Devon is really proud of herself (and she should be!) for making such a visual change all on her own. “I didn’t need to bring in any type of help for this project,” she writes. “This project was such a large payoff for not a lot of money.”

Credit: Devon Else

To complete the patio’s new look, Devon painted the walls and trim and used Rust-Oleum spray paint to refresh outdoor furniture she already owned. She managed to nab a potting table for free when she found that the home’s previous owners had left a table in pieces in the shed, and she decided to splurge on a Dutch door for $850 on eBay. Including the door, the entire project cost just over $1,000.

“I love that the patio is bright and seems like an extension of the house,” Devon writes. “It’s its own living space, and we spend just as much time on the patio as we do in the living room!”

Credit: Devon Else

Thank you for sharing, Devon!