It’s no wonder that guest contributor Jessica Bruno does all her DIY projects family style — she’s the self-described “ring leader” of the Four Generations One Roof blog about life in a four-generation family living in one house. Her family always seems to be working on some sort of home improvement project. Here, she shows us how her concrete resurfacing project transformed the home’s old patio.

Have you ever stared, year after year, at the biggest eye sore in your yard and wondered, what the heck you were going to do with that space? Each year that goes by, you think the same thing and nothing changes? Well for me, it was our patio. This happens to be my mom and dad’s outdoor space, and the annoyed and frustrated feeling that my mom and I would have when we stepped foot on this 60-year-old patio was overwhelming. My dad could care less, he thought it was fine!

Before and after photos of the concrete resurfacing project

 

So this year, my mom and I made a trip to The Home Depot and bought five four-gallon buckets of concrete resurfacer to restore the old patio.

You will notice in the picture above, that the cement was peeling and cracked leaving some fairly large open spaces. The Restore product will fill in up to a ¼ inch, but nothing more. This stuff is very thick and cement-like but extremely easy to apply.

First, be sure to broom clean your space and then powerwash. I actually powerwashed it twice simply because is was so dirty, and I wanted to get off all the peeling paint and loose cracked cement. I would not recommend using a chemical or soap to clean your space unless you are confident you can remove it all completely. Any residue remaining from a cleaner will not allow your product to adhere properly. A good broom sweeping (while wet) also helped. Let your space dry for at least 24 hours and be sure that if you have cracked loose cement, you allow the grooves/holes to dry completely.

If you’re dealing with large holes in your concrete, investigate your options for filling them with a cement patch and allowing proper time to cure before applying this product.

 

Materials you will need for concrete resurfacing project

 

Items you will need:

1. Restore Liquid Deck Resurfacer in a color of your choice (we chose Cape Cod Gray)

2. Restore Roller. I highly recommend this roller. Don’t use a regular paint roller in a concrete resurfacing project. You are essentially spreading tinted cement, and you will need this roller to spread it evenly.

3. Paint roller extender

4. Paint roller frame. You may also need a brush if your space abuts the house or another surface.

 

The next step simply involves dumping a small portion of the resurfacer onto your patio or deck and spread it around with your brush or roller. It is as simple as that. The directions said to use a paint liner and paint tray, but I opted for the dump and roll method :) .

This product is very thick, with the consistency of cement, so work in small sections. I actually found that pushing and pulling the roller worked better than rolling back and forth (like you would typically if rolling paint on a wall). Simply push and pull the product with the roller. The product directions are very simple and straight forward. If you need to take a break, just wrap your roller (they are $8 a piece so try to keep it fresh for the entire project) in a plastic shopping bag or tin foil. Wrap it tight and don’t let the air in. I wrapped my roller 3 different times over the course of the weekend and the roller stayed moist and worked perfectly each time!

Two views of the concrete resurfacing project

 

This project took about six hours total, not including the power washing and 24 hours to dry time. The finished patio is dramatically improved and we can actually walk bare foot on the cement and not have tiny little cement pieces or dirt stick to your feet!

 

The concrete resurfacing project completed

 

The concrete resurfacing project completed

 

Read more about Jessica’s concrete resurfacing project, and see more photos on Four Generations, One Roof. And check some of the other articles from our guest contributors here on the Apron blog

Neither The Home Depot nor Synta, the manufacturer of the Restore product, compensated Jessica for this post. The opinions and ideas Jessica expressed are her own.  

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  1. Mike Maxwell says:

    This product does not work as advertised. We needed 2 1/2 times the material as explained by the instructions, and the final surface was rough and uneven. After about3 weeks, the material began to chip and peel off. We did extensive prep; powerwash, acid bath, powerwash again, and it didn’t help. I would not recommend.

  2. Jessica says:

    How is the patio holding up? It’s almost been a year now since you applied it last August… I’m curious.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Jessica.

      I asked Jessica Bruno about it. Here’s what she said:

      “Hi, the patio is holding up great! It’s still bright colored and wore fine through the snowy winter. I have not power washed it this year so not sure how that will be but there are no peeling areas and my guess is, it will be fine! Good luck if you try it out :)

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  3. Adrienne Smith, Largo, FL says:

    Thank you for this great info on resurfacing a patio. I appreciate the time you took, Jessica, to share your experience. And your explanation is straight-forward and clear, and therefore, undaunting! Thanks a lot!

  4. love this blog, so many awesome ideas. keep it up!

  5. “This product is very thick, with the consistency of cement, so work in small sections. I actually found that pushing and pulling the roller worked better than rolling back and forth (like you would typically if rolling paint on a wall). Simply push and pull the product with the roller”

    I’m sorry but what is the difference between pushing and pulling or back and forth? Is this just another attempt to tell people they applied the product wrong?

    By the way, I did look up other people’s experiences and I will not be buying the product.

    Why can’t anyone, after all these years, provide an at home, easy to use product to make their patio look nice and endure more than a couple years?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Stan,

      I contacted Jessica Bruno, the author of this article, for a little clarification on her technique. Here’s what she said:

      “Great question about pushing and pulling vs. back and forth. The directions actually called for using a paint tray and rolling it as you would on a wall. I found that method time consuming so I chose to dump a small amount of the product directly onto the concrete patio and use the roller extender to push the product in various directions and pull the product back to me in an effort to spread it evenly. That’s almost like you would do when using a “cement float”. I just didn’t have one so I used the roller to push and pull the resurfacer around. The textured roller actually left a nice finish. It’s all a matter of preference, I suppose. I am not familiar with other reviews of the product, but I’m loving how it looks at the moment :) . Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck with your project!”

      And you wrote, “Why can’t anyone, after all these years, provide an at home, easy to use product to make their patio look nice and endure more than a couple years?” That’s another great question. Whoever comes up with that will make a fortune. I’ll bet someone’s working on that right this moment.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Craig, from The Home Depot

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  7. It’s amazing what a bit of elbow grease can accomplish! She deserves to lounge, cocktail in hand, on that fabulous patio!
    Kelly

  8. Bryan F says:

    The question I would have is how long it lasts. We used some kind of resurface product on our sidewalk and it started flaking off after 4 weeks or so till we had to remove it with a pressure washer.

  9. cpns72 says:

    thank you for helpful info on step by step. will forward this to others.
    thanks.

  10. Hey guys! Thanks for featuring us today on your blog :) It’s always fun being your guest!