This year, I finally got fed up with dropping $100+ on a patio rug. Over the years we’ve tried several outdoor rugs that either turned green, frayed, or just crapped out. The most we ever got from a rug was two summers. So I went looking for alternatives to patio rugs.
Alternatives to Patio Rugs
1. Painted drop cloth – you can buy drop clothes pretty cheap at bargain outlet stores like Big Lots. If you’re feeling fancy and motivated you can even paint them.
2. Repurpose a roller blind – you know the roll up window blinds that once upon a time were made of what looked like super thin plastic straws, that’s what I’m talking about. If I could have gotten my hands on one, I would have tried that out.
3. Concrete stain – for about $20 you can buy colored concrete stain that can be brushed or rolled on for a cheap pop of color that lasts. Folks, we have a winner!
How to Stain Concrete
Next, wet your patio. This should be a mist or spritz, not a soaking.
Apply the stain while the concrete is damp. I brushed on in the corners and edges (our canopy is screwed right into our concrete). This would be just like when you do the cutting in when painting a room.
Then I rolled on the rest of the stain.
This was one of those jobs that actually took less time than expected!
Note: if you want to simulate tiles, mask off a grid and apply the stain over it. You can get some really cool effects with this stain.
I also recovered the chair cushions myself. The fabric store sells outdoor fabric, which may seem expensive, with a 40% coupon it’s a real deal. For these 4 chairs the fabric cost $40 (with the coupon). Compare that to buying new cushions and it a huge savings.
So when I say remodeling your patio on the cheap, I’m talking about $60. That includes the concrete stain and reupholstered patio chairs.
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