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 do my back patio soon, because yes, it is boring me to death!  Check out these DIY concrete patio cover up ideas!




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!




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



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‘.



Want a more permanent solution? ‘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


Give a tile facelift to an ordinary patio, from ‘DIY Network‘. Step by step photos for these concrete patio ideas!

DIY Concrete Patio Cover-Ups


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



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



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


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

Image Credits: DIY Network, Lowes, Beneath My Heart, The Handmade Home, Family Handyman, View Along the Way, Family Handyman, First Home Love Life


  1. 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/

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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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