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Concrete Stain a Patio "Rug"

This stained concrete patio elevates a ho-hum floor by making a “rug” with three different shades of concrete stain. Learn how to stain a concrete patio to achieve this look or customize the design for your own concrete staining project.

Give a ho-hum concrete floor a little pizzazz by making a rug with concrete stain. We used three different shades of Quikrete stain to create a subtle yet stylish pattern.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Valspar semi-transparent tintable concrete stain and sealer, #293599
  • Stain colors: Gray Ash, Gunpowder, Graystone, Cheyenne Rock
  • Sea Sponge, #60845
  • 1 quart Mix N' Measure Container, #40008
  • Painter's tape, blue 2", #87237
  • Sprayco, 32-oz. spray bottle, #92191

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Project Resources


Step 1

Choose a pattern (or download ours); scale it to fit your patio. Remove all loose particles, clean, and dry.

Step 2

Draw your pattern using a carpenter’s pencil and ruler. It’s easiest to start in the middle and work out from there.

Step 3

Tape each line with painter’s tape—be sure to keep the tape on the same side of the line across the patio.

Step 4

Cut pieces of cardboard in the sizes determined from the pattern in Step 1. Trace each shape, referring to the pattern for guidance. Pour stain colors into small buckets or trays; tape off non-touching squares throughout the patio.

Step 5

Mist the taped-off squares with water.

Step 6

Dip a damp sponge into the stain and blot it against the concrete. Apply a second coat for deeper hues. Let dry, then apply sealant.