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DIY Patio Dream

Faded and old concrete patio floor
Before
gray stained concrete patio
Gray and light charcoal antiquing stains
Gray Antiquing stain application
First coat of gray Antiquing stain
Light charcoal application over gray Antiquing stain
Light charcoal application over gray Antiquing stain
EasySeal to seal and make the Antiquing stain colors pop
EasySeal to seal and make the Antiquing stain colors pop
fun and easy stained concrete patio
After

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 3 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 200 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:

Outdoor patio needed a major make over. We contacted a few professional companies in our area quotes came in around 3,000!!! that made us think perhaps we can do it ourselves! it can’t look any worse than it does now.

After researching online for about a month hubby and I opted to purchase from Direct Colors because of the simple easy to understand instructions, along with the ” how to videos ” available on the website.

I must admit we both were feeling a bit apprehensive at first to take on such a massive project. We are both in our mid 50″s with zero previous experience.

After contacting the wonderful customer support service team at Direct Colors we took the plunge and ordered. The customer service team is professional, knowledgeable and was patient with our questions explaining in layman’s terms our questions.

It’ was comforting to know professional assistance was just a phone call away 3 days later our patio was finished, looks amazingly well done saved literally thousands of dollars and had the feeling of accomplishment.

Thank you Direct Colors!

  • Personal Tips:
    Pre- preparation is 90% the key to success. A clean, grease free surface is a must!
    Check weather forecast partly cloudy/ no rain in the forecast for 3 days, green flag to begin
    Make sure you have all equipment ( brushes, tarps, rollers, trays, etc.) required gathered in one handy space

Create a checklist of materials needed prior to starting.
Read then re-read the directions/ instructions

Jot down any questions you may have, then contact Direct Colors customer support … the team is fabulous!

Direct Colors Products Used:
Antiquing stain Light Charcoal and Gray
Satin sealant.

Antiquing Gray
Antiquing™ Gray
Light Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Light Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Light Charcoal Color

 

Preparing for concrete staining
Before
Light Charcoal Antiquing Stain - Stamped Concrete
Light charcoal Antiquing Stain on stamped concrete patio
Light Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Light Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Concrete Stain Color Duo

The only thing better than one concrete stain color is two colors of stain! After this faded stamped concrete patio lost all of its original color, this DC customer was looking to bring the color back.  Light charcoal concrete stain spruced up the base, while gorgeous auburn livened up the design.

Stamped Concrete Walkway
Before
Charcoal & Light Charcoal Portico Stains on Stamped Concrete Walkway
Charcoal and light charcoal Antiquing stains on stamped concrete walkway
Faded and discolored stamped concrete patio
Before
Auburn & Light Charcoal Antiquing Stains on Stamped Concrete Patio
Auburn and light charcoal Antiquing stains on stamped concrete patio
  • Project Completed In: 4 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 770 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    We had a front walkway and back yard patio poured about 12 years ago. Both had worn badly and lost all color.
    The front walkway we wanted darker, so we decided on charcoal for the color. The walkway is approx. 260 sq. ft.
    We power washed, applied one coat of light charcoal antiquing stain, then went over it with dark charcoal for the second coat, followed by two coats of the acrylic satin sealer.
    Total labor time was about 8 hours.
    For the back patio, it was just as worn as our walkway, but we had put in a small paver walkway this year leading to it and the pavers had a mix of grey and auburn, so we decided to match the pattern.
    The patio is about 510 sq. ft. We first power washed, then took a foam brush and stained random sets of blocks with the auburn antiquing stain. When that was complete I sprayed the entire patio in light charcoal, trying to not overspray the auburn blocks. The Auburn only needed 1 coat because we didn’t want it too dark.
    The light charcoal we did 2 coats and finished off with two coats of the satin acrylic sealer.
    Total labor for the patio was approx. 10 hours.
  • Personal Tips:
    When using a sprayer for the sealer, it’s good to go over with a foam roller, if you are covering stamped concrete.
    The sealer will pool in the seams and if there is too much can bubble. Also find a good way to clean out the sprayer, because after the 2nd coat, our sprayers wouldn’t work.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    Charcoal Antiquing Stain & Seal Kit
    Light Charcoal Antiquing Stain & Seal Kit
    Auburn Antiquing Stain & Seal Kit
  • Other Products Used:
    Two pump sprayers
Auburn Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Auburn
Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Make-Your-Own Outdoor BBQ Area

Slate-stamped concrete paver patio design
Slate-stamped concrete paver patio design
concrete stained to look like slate
Silver Gray, Light Charcoal and Tweed Antiquing stains
Staining concrete to look like slate
Slate-stamped concrete stained with 3 Antiquing stain colors
EasySeal application to seal Antiquing stains to make colors pop
EasySeal application to seal Antiquing stains to make colors pop
Concrete patio stained to look like slate
EasySeal applied over Silver Gray, Charcoal and Tweed Antiquing stains
stained slate-stamped concrete patio
Stained slate-stamped concrete
Concrete patio stamped slate design
Charcoal, Silver Gray and Tweed Antiquing stain colors
Concrete stained to look like slate
Slate-stamped concrete patio design

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 2 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 10 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:

BBQ outdoor dining area. We wanted to add on an additional patio for outdoor dining.

We contacted a few local companies and was quoted 4K for labor and materials!! After recovering from sticker shock, we decided ” we got this”..
We opted on pavers & Direct Colors stain / sealant.

The entire cost doing it ourselves .. less than 1k. After allowing the time in between installation of pavers and staining,/ sealant. We purchased Antiquing silver gray, tweed and charcoal gray.

I stained each paver individually using sponge brushes. I applied 2 coats allowing dry time between. I waited 24 hours before applying the satin sealant ( also allowing dry time between coats).

We couldn’t be more satisfied with the end results!! We took the money we saved and spent a getaway weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire .. win win!.

Thank you Direct Colors for creating a professional, high quality product with expert results that 1st timer DIY’s can easily master.

  • Personal Tips:
    Read the instructions ( simple, easy to understand)
    Pre prep .. we can’t empathize this enough ! It’s 90% the key to expert results.
    Shake the stain .. Shake the stain .. did I mention not to forget to Shake the stain during application??
    Check the weather forecast prior to beginning .. 3 days of partly cloudy/ no rain is ideal!
    Contact Direct Colors customer care team if you have any questions .. they are friendly professional and knowledgeable

Direct Colors Products Used:
Antiquing stain Silver Gray, Tweed and Charcoal Gray
Satin Finish Sealant

Silver Gray Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Silver Gray
Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Charcoal
Tweed Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Tweed
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Natural Stone Firepit Patio Upgrade

staining natural stone
Natural stone fire pit
Staining natural stones individually
Staining natural stones individually
Charcoal, gray, silver gray and tweed Antiquing stains
Charcoal, gray, silver gray and tweed Antiquing stains
natural stones
Before
Charcoal stained natural stones
Charcoal stained natural stones
Stained natural stones
Stained natural stones
Sealing stained natural stones
Sealing stained natural stones
Stained natural stone patio
Stained natural stones

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 5 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 600 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:

My natural stone firepit needed an upgrade. After contacting several local contractors and receiving estimates averaging around 4,000. I decided to tackle this project on my own. Luckily, I found Direct Colors online. I appreciated the helpful tutorials, other customers tips/ experience and ideas along with Direct Colors knowledgeable and friendly staff. My firepit went from tired/ drab to a major focal point with the wow factor I wanted.

After cleaning and preparing the natural stones by using a stone cleaner/ degreaser, garden hose, and scrub brush. I allowed the firepit and stones to dry. I then hand painted each rock individually … 3 coats … drying into coats before applying the next. I finished with 3 coats of satin finish sealant. I am most pleased with the end result.

Personal Tips:
Have all materials and equipment necessary on hand prior to starting.
Take your time. If I can get professional results like this … anyone can!
Observe the weather forecast before beginning project. partly cloudy and no rain for the next 3 days … is a green flag to begin!

Silver Gray Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Silver Gray
Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Charcoal
Tweed Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Tweed
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Concrete Walkway Color Change With Tinted Sealer

Faded Residential Concrete Walkway Porch
Before
Stained Residential Walkway with Light Charcoal over Old Pink
After Light Charcoal EasyTint
Pinkish orange stamped concrete walkway
Before
Light Charcoal EasyTint over pinkish orange concrete floor
After
Faded Residential Concrete Walkway Porch
Before
Stained Residential Walkway with Light Charcoal over Old Pink
After Light Charcoal EasyTint colored concrete sealer
EasyTint Light Charcoal
EasyTint Light Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Paver Stain For The Win

Faded Concrete Pool Pavers
Faded concrete paver pool deck
Stained Sealed Concrete Pavers
Aztec brown, light charcoal and khaki Portico stains on concrete brick pavers
Aztec Brown Portico Swatch
Portico™ Aztec Brown
Silver Gray Portico Swatch
Portico™ Silver Gray
Khaki Portico Swatch
Portico™ Khaki
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Charcoal & Light Charcoal Antiquing Stained Patio
Charcoal & Light Charcoal Antiquing Stained Patio
Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Charcoal
Light Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Light Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Light Charcoal Stained Patio Pavers Made with Quikrete Country Stone Walk Maker Mold - Photo
Light Charcoal Stained Patio Pavers Made with Quikrete Country Stone Walk Maker Mold
Light Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Light Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Concrete Paver Patio
Before
Light Charcoal Stained Patio Pavers Made with Quikrete Country Stone Walk Maker Mold - Fire Pit
Portico Light Charcoal stained concrete pavers
Light Charcoal Portico Swatch
Portico™ Light Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Concrete Paver Patio
Before
Charcoal Portico Stains on WalkMaker Concrete Pavers
Charcoal Portico Stains on WalkMaker Concrete Pavers
Charcoal Portico Swatch
Portico™ Charcoal
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Driveway Design

Design your concrete driveway the way YOU want! This DC customer used a lighter gray and medium gray concrete dye to make lines on their driveway.

Concrete Dye Patio Design
Light Slate Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance Light Slate
Stormy Gray Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance™ Stormy Gray
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Step Up Your Style

What a nice, clean way of integrating these two concrete dye colors! These concrete steps look awesome.

Stained Concrete Steps
Light Slate Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance Light Slate
Stormy Gray Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance™ Stormy Gray
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Beautifully Broomed Look

Give your concrete patio a dignified look with Antiquing™ Stain. You can give even a newer concrete surface that antique look. It’s an easy way to level up an outdoor area, and it’s an easy product to apply!

Gray stained broom finish concrete patio
Silver Gray Antiquing stain on a broom finish concrete patio
Silver Gray Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing™ Silver Gray
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Driveway Makeover

Your driveway is the first thing that visitors see. Why not give it some color and protect it from the harsh outdoor elements? This textured concrete driveway with stain and sealer applied provides a facelift for the front of the house.

Gray Antiquing and EasyTint on Concrete Driveway
Gray Antiquing and EasyTint on Concrete Driveway
Gray Antiquing Concrete Stain Color Swatch
Gray Textured Concrete Overlay Stained with Gray Antiquing Stain and Sealed with Solvent-Based, Satin Acrylic Sealer
Stormy Gray Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance™ Stormy Gray
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

Hand Poured Squares Faux Stamped Slate

concrete patio deck
Before
Applying gray stain on concrete patio
Applying silver gray stain on concrete patio
EasySeal satin application with nap roller
EasySeal satin application with nap roller
Stained concrete patio
Antiquing Silver Gray and EasySeal satin
Hand poured concrete squares
Hand poured concrete squares
Hand poured concrete squares
Hand poured concrete squares stained with silver gray Antiquing stain

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 3 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 550 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    individual 36″ hand poured squares stamped to look like slate
  • Personal Tips:
    follow the youtube directions
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    EasyTint Silver Gray

Other Products Used:
rubber stamp and edge mold

Silver Gray EasyTint Swatch
EasyTint™ Silver Gray
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin