This summer we’ve been working hard on updating our back yard. It’s a major, longterm project, and today I am happy to share one update that added so much personality to our space: painted stone tiles!
My inspiration for this project was one part Palm Springs and another part Kate Spade. My vision was something simple, classic and 1960s inspired. We don’t have the time or budget to change everything in our yard this year, so I am always looking for updates that can be done to what we already have. This stone patio, below our back porch, came with the house. I purchased these fun orange Acapulco chairs (here and here). And when we added them to the patio it looked a little sad and drab. I knew we needed something fun. And after unsuccessfully shopping for the perfect outdoor rug, my mind turned to paint!
These are the colors I chose for our project. We had them mixed in Valspar latex porch and floor paint. We primed random tiles with Kilz primer. We painted three coats of color on each tile. Last, we sealed the tiles with Clear-Seal concrete protective sealer. It took a full day, mostly due to dry time between each coat!
A month later I am still loving this project! It’s fun, fresh and adds a lot of personality to our space. I love that if I get tired of it next year I can just paint the tiles again in a new color, or maybe even a pattern. I love that it’s not too time intensive! People keep saying it reminds them of the light up tiles in the Billie Jean video. I am more than ok with this. 🙂
What’s on your summer to-do list? Any outdoor projects? xo. Elsie
Awesome, good looking tiles… more colorful
These look great! What a neat idea.
I’ve been looking into concrete stain for an update to our concrete patio, but this looks considerably easier.
However, I’m wondering how painted tiles have held up over the years? Did the paint fade, chip, etc., and if so, how long did it take to do so?
In Missouri we had pretty severe winters and I did have to touch up the paint every Spring! 🙂
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I am so glad you blogged this! I have been wanting to paint my patio for months, but didn’t think it would work… Watch this space, I am following your lead 🙂 THANK YOU!!!
Please tell me what kind of paint you used. I have been thinking about a project like this and wondering how to execute it.
i absolutely love this!
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These are so cool!
AHH! This is so brilliant, Elsie! So bold, perfect for summer and I bet it will be so refreshing in the winter to have that pop of colour! Love, love!
How fun! Such amazing colours here, too! It’s hard when the budget doesn’t extend to doing everything at once… I’m building a house and know how that feels! But it’s great that you’ve found a way to add personality without endless costs! Love it!
I love these! You have a disco garden. Reminds me of Saturday Night Fever!
Really makes me want to rip up my decking and start tiling!
this is so cute & fun!
I LOVE your chairs! and the idea is amazing!
Ok, seriously, you gals are killing me with all this backyard awesome. LOVE this idea.
If I ever have a patio Im so doing this! This is so cute and quirky!
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HOw fun! I think I might do this with sidewalk chalk…
So cool! What a great idea!
This is so cute- I love it!
I did this a couple months ago when I added onto the existing patio. I still love it. It is one of my favorite parts of my patio
Love it – it gives so much character to the space 🙂
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