I pretty much hate a plain concrete patio. But let’s face it, most of us have ’em. They are boring and just plain… well, plain. A couple of seasons ago we stained one of our concrete patios, and that was a good solution.

But I’m always on the hunt for something different, and am in the need to find an inexpensive way to cover my patio very soon, because yes, it is boring me to death!

Check out these DIY concrete patio cover up ideas! Because if you cover your patio, you don’t have to worry about tearing it out!



Inexpensive Concrete Cover Up Idea with Paint

Our first patio cover up idea is from ‘Lowes‘. This DIY concrete patio stain “rug” is easy and fast. They have a great tutorial including the pattern template!





Fake A Concrete Patio Cover Up With Stain

From ‘Beneath My Heart‘, try this DIY patio stain project looks like a tile floor. This is a great tutorial to learn how to stain concrete!



How to Cover Your Patio with Paint and Make It look Like Tile

This next project is along those same lines, but uses paint instead of stain. Find out how to paint concrete from the tutorial at ‘Handmade Home‘.



Use Pavers to Cover Your Concrete Patio

Want a more permanent cover up idea? ‘Family Handyman‘ has a complete step by step for you on how to cover a concrete patio with pavers. No jackhammer here!

DIY Concrete Patio Cover-Ups


Use Tile To Cover a Concrete Patio

Give a tile facelift to an ordinary patio, from ‘DIY Network‘. Step by step photos and a full tutorial!

DIY Concrete Patio Cover-Ups


Concrete Patio Idea – Cover Up with a Deck!

Kelly at ‘View Along the Way‘ shows us how to build a deck over concrete. Perfect solution for an outdoor patio that needs updating. Great instructions!



Another Concrete Patio Cover Up Using Stain

Renew your patio with stain and some expert tips from ‘Family Handyman‘.



How to Cover a Concrete Patio with Spray Paint!

Finally, ‘First Home Love Life‘ updated her front entry with a stepping stone mold and spray paint! Easy alternative to stamping concrete!



We hope you loved these DIY patio cover up ideas! Check out our post – “9 DIY Cool & Creative Patio Flooring Ideas” for more great ideas, projects and tutorials! You also may love our post on Patio Privacy Screens!


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  1. Joseph Lyman March 30, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I would like to learn more about how I could acquire one of these kits for my patio

  2. Stephen Hursley October 19, 2020 at 7:37 am

    My wife and I bought a fixer-upper with a terrible backyard patio. We used the tile cover up and it was incredible! The outside of our house is looking perfect now so we’re turning to inside.

  3. Peter Johnston January 8, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    This is the perfect post for anyone who wants to know about Patio Cover Up Ideas. This post helped me a lot. keep posting.

  4. Wendy March 30, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    On my flat roof outside a bedroom window I laid artificial grass. It is only cosmetic as I am unable to walk on that area, but when looking out it blends in nicely with the garden below.

  5. pk September 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Our concrete patio is the roof to our garage. What do you recommend as a cover-up? We think the tile or pavers would add too much weight. Any ideas?

    1. Kathy Woodard September 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      How about the vinyl decking materials you can get at the home improvement store? Or, if your patio already has concrete, painting the concrete with a porch paint or stain? You could even do a design like the one from ‘A Beautiful Mess” in our post on amazing patios… https://www.thegardenglove.com/outdoor-room-ideas/

  6. Platformdeckguy June 15, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Don’t do the platform deck option! I bought a house recently and the previous owner did this about 7 years ago. The deck is rotting out due to moisture and mold that gets trapped under the deck! There is no airflow so if you do this it will need to be replaced in 5-10 years. This option is only good if there is a roof over the deck to keep water away.

  7. Ailsa February 15, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    My concrete courtyard is cracked and uneven – can you lay tiles or paving slabs on top as this will raise it above the damp course or can a layer of it be taken off to allow space for the patio to be laid at the same finished height?

    1. Kathy Woodard February 27, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      We aren’t experts with this kind of project, but if we understand your question right, you could have the sand to be less thick under the areas that are raised up to allow it all to be the same height… Just be sure there is SOME sand under the entire project, and that you set it in well so that it doesn’t settle out of place.

  8. agnes June 1, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Please give us some advise how to make a water feature in a small garden. On the wall or in the garden. Thank you, Agnes

  9. Jason Roland December 27, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Now I love a good concrete patio – but these cover ups look amazing. The great news is if your patio shifts and becomes uneven, you can still fix it with a concrete lifting. As long as you have the slab underneath it isn’t a problem!


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