We did it!  Our first DIY concrete patio project is complete (hallelujah!). Read on for details about our experience to learn more about the process and steps to this incredibly rewarding DIY project. 

Here’s the backstory behind the why we decided to build (er, more like pour?) a new patio: 

There is nothing we love more than sitting outside on a Summer night or spending time with family and friends in the backyard.

However, the new house did not have a real place for us to sit back and relax. It has a small patio, but it’s barely enough to fit a couple of chairs and the sun beats down on it from about 5pm til sundown….not ideal for relaxation.

For this project, we partnered with Ace Hardware and used Quikrete’s patio paver mold, concrete and concrete dye. 

**This post was made possible by paid sponsorship with Ace Hardware.  All opinions and experiences are my own.**

Bonus: Ace Hardware delivered all the materials!

The plan was to build the patio on the side of our barn where the barn would block the sun as it goes down, keeping us in a shaded area.

We knew the patio needed to be big enough to comfortably fit a 6 person table and chairs so working with the size of the mold, we planned the patio to be about 13’ long by 11’ deep.

Materials

For reference, this size of patio took 37 bags of 60 pound concrete and 16 jars of concrete dye. We had two molds, but you could easily get away with using one mold for the whole project, as it goes fairly quick once you get the rhythm down. 

Here is what the space looked like before we started:

Mix Dye and Concrete 

We mixed everything according to the instructions and for quick reference, it took about ½ jar of concrete dye to one gallon of water.  Using a wheelbarrow, we mixed the color mixture, concrete, and additional water in until the right consistency was created. 

Tip: make sure the concrete is fairly wet…almost like the consistency of soft serve ice cream (or even a bit more soft/wet)….if it’s too dry, the concrete may crumble as you take the mold up.

Here is a time-lapse of what the process looks like: 

 

Cure Time 

After taking up each mold, you will want to spray the fresh concrete with water while it is curing.  This helps with the curing process. 

Don’t use anything that has too much pressure or you may end up washing the colorant away!  We used a spray bottle and it worked great.  After 24 hours, we switched to a light spray setting on our hose to get the patio damp. 

Final Steps and Timing

After a few days, fill the space with sand and viola! You have yourself a new DIY concrete patio!

We couldn’t be happier with the process and we’re surprised how easy it is to make this patio.  I love the larger size of Quikrete’s mold as it meant less work for us! 

For those wondering about how long a project like this takes…our DIY concrete patio project  was finished in one weekend.  Cully and I worked on it for several hours each day.  Each row took about 2 hours to mix and pour (including breaks throughout the day) and we poured 6 rows, 7 molds in each row (or a total of 42 molds).

One thing is for sure, we will be enjoying many summer nights relaxing with family and friends, just as we’d hoped.

Until next time!

Xoxo,

Krista 

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