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Do you want an area outside of your home where you can entertain guests? Maybe, you just want a patio where your family can gather for an outdoor dinner on a warm summer's night. If so, it is quite possible that you could have a concrete patio installed for less money than you might think. You can learn all about how concrete can be used for many of the elements of your patio. Concrete is easy to maintain and can last many, many years, so it is a great material to use in such a way. Visit my website to see how many things I have made out of concrete for my patio and learn the estimated cost of each item.

using concrete to create an outdoor living space

Add A Colored Border To Your Concrete Patio This Summer

by Eugene Mitchell

If you're planning on laying down a new concrete patio (through professionals such as those from AAA Concrete Construction Inc) this summer, or if you would like to add a little flair to your existing patio, you should consider adding a colored border. You don't have to lay down any additional concrete to create a colored border; with the right stain, you can make it work with your existing patio.  

Deciding The Size And Location Of The Border

The first thing you need to decide is where exactly you want the border. If your patio is split into sections, you may only want to set off part of your patio with a border. If you have a concrete walkway that runs into your patio, you'll have to decide if you want to extend the border to the walkway as well.

Once you decide what concrete you want to add the border to, you need to decide how large you want the border to be. You can keep it simple and small, and make it a six-inch border, or you can make a larger statement with a border that is longer than a foot around your patio. It is all about the look you are going for.

Purchase The Stain

Next, you are going to need to go to your local home improvement store and purchase some concrete stain. Concrete stain comes in many different colors. You can choose a color that will either contrast or complement the existing stain on your patio and the colors that are on your house.

Choose a stain that you think would like nice with the colors already in your backyard. Remember, borders are generally a color that will help what's inside of it pop.

If you're not sure, you can take a few sample color stain cards home, and see which color you think works best.

A gallon of stain can go a long ways. Since you are only painting a border, you'll probably only need one gallon.

While you are at your local home improvement store, you'll also want to purchase:

  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint Tray
  • Tap
  • Painter's Cloth or Tarp
  • Ruler Or Measuring Tape
  • Chalk

Prepare The Patio

When you get home, you'll need to prepare the patio. The first thing you'll need to do is measure off the area where you will be placing your border. You'll want to measure from the edge of the concrete inward in a straight line. You'll want to make a mark with chalk at the distance you decided on for your border. Then, you will want to use a measuring tape and a ruler to help you create the same line all the way around your patio.

To make the line more visible and harder to cross, you should then go around with painters tape and lay it on top of the line. That way, you'll have a barrier between the area you'll be staining and the rest of your patio.

Then, you will want to lay down the painter's cloth or tarp over the rest of your concrete so that it will not get stain on it. You may want to tape the cloth down along the tape line you created between the two different areas of your patio.

Preparing Yourself

Before you stain the border, you'll want to change into clothes that you don't mind accidentally dripping some stain on. The stain will stain your clothing if it gets on you. If it gets on your skin, it could take a few days to wear off, so stick to long sleeves if you can help it.

You'll also want to put on gloves so that the stain does not get on your hands and you'll want to put on a facemask as well. The stain has a distinct odor that not everyone enjoys.

Adding The Border

Once you are ready to stain the border, open up the can of stain and pour it into the paint tray. Then, if the border is large, you can use a roller to stain it. If the board is smaller, you'll want to use a paintbrush to stain it with.

Lay down one layer of stain and let it dry overnight. If you look the look it created, you can remove the tape and the painter's cloth. If you want it to be a little darker, add another coat and wait another day to remove the paint and the cloth.

You can easily jazz up your concrete patio with a border created with a concrete stain in one weekend this summer. Your patio will stand out more in your backyard, and will become more of a focal point. 

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