Today we are sharing how to repair a cracked and old cement patio that we completed at our old house.
This post was updated April 2020 to reflect an updated version of this product. The product link is towards the bottom of this post. This post was not sponsored, we just really liked the outcome of the space so we shared with you!
The patio had been neglected and seriously damaged through the winter storms. My dad completely ruined it (he says he didn’t, but he did) when he put down some kind of a rock salt during the winter that ate through the cement like it was a little scooby snack.
TIP: If you have deep cracks or large concrete pieces missing, you will need to use a filler product prior to fix them. Read the directions on the back of the product to ensure you are applying properly.
How to Fix an Old Concrete Patio
Here is the before:
The patio was a mix of old red paint, gray original cement, cracks and holes. Can you say, mess?! After a good power washing and removing any loose cement, we added 23 gallons of the Concrete RESTORE.
The space is about 400 sq.ft. We bought the large 4 gallon buckets as well as the RESTORE roller.
Attach the roller with a long handled paint roller and simply dump the concrete/paint mixture and roll it on. It is SO easy!
How to repair a cracked and old cement patio
We picked the color Cape Cod Gray to have the RESTORE cement tinted to. There are so many colors available. I spread this entire 450 square foot area in about 2.5 hours. One important tip, do not roll it on like you would when painting a wall (back and forth).
The directions say to use a paint tray ect. I simply dumped 1/4 – 1/2 of the bucket on the cement and worked in sections. When you spread the cement, simply pull it towards you or push away from you. Do not roll over back and forth. This stuff is very thick but easy to spread.
I highly recommend the special RESTORE roller.
Do not use a regular paint roller.
If you take a break in between, just wrap your roller in a plastic grocery bag. That’s what I did 🙂
Ok, now for the good part, here is how my mom’s patio is looking now!
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My gramps made these DIY adirondack chairs and couch. Isn’t he talented? I told him we are going to make some more for “my side” of the yard and I’ll be taking pictures of him to post on the blog. I think we need a tutorial on these, don’t you?
We gave them a fresh coat of water-based stain and I think they are looking pretty snazzy!
What do you think of that DIY lattice privacy screen to hide the air compressor units? My dad and I recently made it one Saturday afternoon, I will post the tutorial soon!
My mom is loving her new space! Especially the Cape Cod Gray cement color.
Learning how to repair a cracked and old cement patio can seem overwhelming. One of the biggest tips I can offer no matter what product you use is to prep your surface properly.
This is where my mom drinks her coffee every morning. It’s a pretty cozy spot!
There are many concrete covering ideas out there. So what do you think? Would you be daring enough to dump tinted cement and resurface an old worn cement patio or even a deck? This stuff can be used on a deck also. I had no idea how to repair a cracked and old cement patio prior to using this product and I’m happy I gave it a try.
The patio isn’t perfect but it’s certainly better than it was.
If you would like to see our other outdoor makeovers, check out our patio at our new house.
PS. Total cost = under $275 (cost of cement product + lattice for privacy screen)