See how a DIY fan created a stunning modern patio for just £38 using stencil and paint

What a transformation!

A savvy DIY lover has completed a stunning grey patio makeover – after being quoted £500 for some decking. Viv Wilks wanted to breathe new life into her patio, which was looking worse for wear.

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Inspired by painted patio ideas on Pinterest, she decided to give it a go herself. While working from home, Viv spent the next few days completing the garden idea.


flooring tiles with grass

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‘First, I gave the patio a good clean with water, giving it a scrub with my yard brush,' Viv says. 'I demossed and pulled up the grass from in between the tiles.’

She used water and floor cleaner to scrub the tiles with an outdoor brush. The Cif floor cleaner only cost £1.50.

Where there were gaps between the paving, Viv used ready-mixed cement from B&Q to fill them. Then it was time for painting.


exterior of house with grey patio and wooden wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Viv Wilks)

‘Once everything was clean and dry, I used B&Q Masonry paint in the colour Hudson on the tiles. I ensured each coat was dry before applying another one,' she says.

Viv used a paint roller for the painting and recommends using a roller with an extension pole if you have a bad back.

Once the paint had dried, she used a 30x30cm stencil bought for £8.50 on Amazon. Using the stencil, she created patterns on the tiles with a small tin of Cuprinol fence paint in the shade Dark Slate.

grey patio tiles with potted plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Viv Wilks)

‘You could get away with using a tester pot of Cuprinol or other waterproof paint to save even more money, depending on the size of your patio,’ Viv says.

After leaving the paint to dry for about an hour, she sealed the patio with No Nonsense sealant from Screwfix, which cost £12.99. 'I did this to preserve it from spills and dirt. It provides a light glaze which you can clean easily.’

The grey patio makeover has made a huge difference. If your patio is in need of an update, take a look at our guide to the best garden furniture.

grey patio with wooden wall and potted plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Viv Wilks)

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The total cost for the patio was just £38 and Viv says the project was easy to do. Tom Church, co-founder of, said, ‘Viv’s patio makeover is stunning, and proof that you don’t need to get a professional in every time you want to upgrade.'

‘Amazon is a great place for finding all kinds of stencils - I also go to my local Hobbycraft when I’m seeking inspiration for my next project as there are plenty of options to choose from!’

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.