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Get your outdoors ready for the holidays

This outdoor space receives a transformation with paving paint and a few accessories.


In just one day, this previously unassuming pool and entertainment area went from stark and unfinished to a tropical oasis that welcomes you to sit and relax.

What was previously just a concrete poolside left in its natural state, with the addition of new outdoor furniture and giving the bare concrete a coat of paving paint, the area is completely transformed and now welcomes the homeowners to sit and relax beside the pool during the heat of the day.





Adding to the pool surround

The pool is a central feature in the garden, and despite the tropical vegetation surrounding the area, it's an underwhelming feature that could easily be built upon. To add more value and give the pool area a more welcoming feel, new furniture was brought in to replace the existing plastic-clad aluminium furniture that has outlived its lifespan. Comfortable garden furniture was brought in to create a seating area and the addition of side tables and colourful accessories, the space now doubles as extra living space for the spring and summer months of the year.

Paint concrete pool surround

What made the most difference to this poolside entertainment area is the painted concrete floor. Using a brown and white paving paint, broad stripes were painted directly onto the concrete. Painting concrete, clay bricks or paving blocks is very easy to do, and there are several paint products on the market that offer excellent, long-lasting results.

Here on Home-Dzine, we have featured quite a few projects where we have painted a concrete pool surround, a cement paving block driveway and entrance pathway.


Paving paint (2 colours)

Paint roller, paint tray and extension handle

Large paintbrush

High-pressure sprayer

Masking tape



1. Before painting any surface, whether concrete, cement pavers or clay bricks, clean the area well to prepare for painting. Use a high-pressure spray to clean the surface and remove any ingrained dirt or debris. Where there are oil or grease stains, scrub these with a heavy-duty degreaser to clean away before applying paving paint. Let the surface dry thoroughly

GOOD TO KNOW: If the surface has been previously sealed or polished, use a solution of 3 parts water : one part hydrochloric acid to etch the surface. Pour over the surface and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. After etching the surface should feel like rough sandpaper. If necessary, repeat the process.

GOOD TO KNOW: Try to set up for this project to be done on a cloudy or partially cloudy, cool day so that the paint does not dry too fast.

2. Apply the base coat with a paint roller, cutting in around the edges with a paintbrush. Let the base coat dry before applying a second coat.

3. Measure and mark the areas to be painted for the design and apply masking tape along the outside edge. Cut in along the edges with a paintbrush before using the paint roller. Let the first coat dry and then apply the second coat, if necessary.



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