How to Stain Your Patio to Look Like Tile

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In our previous home, we had a boring concrete back patio that needed updating.
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So we decided to stain our concrete to look like tile!
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Here are the steps we followed to stain our concrete patio:


Here are the steps we followed to stain our concrete patio:

1. Prepare the concrete for staining.

You will want to clean off your concrete and then apply muriatic acid to help open up the pores to accept the stain.  We applied the muriatic acid with a large  stiff bristle brush.  
(You can also use a product like Quikrete Bondlock to prepare the concrete.  Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully).
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Muriatic acid is very dangerous, so be sure to wear  protective gloves  and  eyewear. 
Let the concrete dry overnight. 

2. Apply tape lines to concrete.

To create the "grout" lines, we used a tape measure, pencil, and long piece of wood trim.  I measured the lines 18 inches apart and then drew my line with the pencil using the wood trim as a guide.   
We used 1/2 inch vehicle masking tape  that we got from an automotive store.  You can use any size tape you would like to create the width of the "grout line." 
I applied all of my tape lines on the diagonal going one direction, and then I drew and taped my lines on the diagonal going the other direction.   
This step is time consuming but easy.  
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3. Apply Stain.

We used Quikrete  concrete stain.  It comes in many different colours, but we chose Vaquero Brown.   It was a little darker than I thought it would be, but I ended up loving it!
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We poured the stain in a paint tray and rolled it on with a paint roller.

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4. Remove tape and apply sealer.

We let the stain dry overnight, and the next day we pulled up the tape lines and applied the sealer with a roll brush. 
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The sealer will look opaque when applied but will dry clear.



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Step 5: Enjoy your new "tiled" patio!

Now it is time to add your  outdoor furniture , plants , and decor to make your concrete patio a beautiful space to enjoy during the warmer weather!
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Click  HERE  to view my collection of patio furniture and decor!
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