Patio floors often lack lustre simply because they are overlooked by homeowners. If you have a patio floor that could use a bit more character, consider painting it. The following guide will teach you how to paint your floor so that it looks like it is made of bricks.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Chalk
  • Brick Coloured Cement Paint
  • Three Automotive Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • A Paint Pan
  • A Broom

Prepare the Patio

Remove everything from the patio so that the surface is bare. Sweep the floor to remove any dust and debris because they can interfere with the painting process.

Create a Layout

Use the chalk to make lines going from one end of the patio to the other. These lines will give you a guideline when creating the painted brick marks on the patio floor. Determine which direction you want the bricks to face before making the lines though.

Cut the Sponges

Cut two of the sponges in half with the scissors. The sponges are almost exactly the size of a brick. Cut small divots into the sides of each half of the sponge that you cut. This will leave a distressed look when you make stamp the sponge onto the patio floor. The distressed look makes the bricks look more realistic. Cut the last sponge into three sections. Repeat the distressing process on the smaller sponges. The small sponges will be used to fill in small areas and look like brick halves.

Paint the Floor

Painting the floor will be easy, if you take your time and blot the sponge often. You do not want to use a lot of paint when created the illusion of brick because large amounts of paint will ruin the look you are trying to create. 

  • Pour the paint into the paint pan.
  • Dip one of the larger sponges into the pan and blot it on a piece of folded newspaper.
  • Press the sponge onto the floor on top of the line that you created that is closest to the edge of the patio floor.
  • Dip the sponge back into the paint, blot it again, and then press it on the floor, leaving roughly a centimetre between the first brick and second brick you are creating.
  • Repeat the process until you are done with an entire row of bricks. At this point, your sponge may be very saturated with paint and switching to a new one may be ideal.
  • Repeat the painting process until every row that you created is filled with the painted bricks.
  • Add in a few of the small blocks on some of the rows to create a contrast, and make sure that the bricks are staggered when you are finished.

Allow the paint to dry overnight before you walk on it. The cement paint is designed to be very durable and will withstand the elements so your patio looks great for years, like with Apollo Patios Newcastle.