Homeowner uses decorative stencil on concrete to carry out impressive ‘Yarden’ makeover

It's the patio trend taking over in 2020

We're seeing more creativity than ever, especially during lockdown – as homeowners find the time to tackle those long put-off DIY projects. One that we're seeing time and time again is the stencilled  concrete patio – and just how effective this can be to transform an outdoor 'yarden' space.

Another example: Homeowner paints patio grey with 'faux rug' to transform outdoor space – for just £60

Homeowner Dawn Burton decided to brave a DIY job to update her drab concrete patio area in her courtyard.

Courtyard before

courtyard with brick wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Dawn Burton)

Dawn shares her impressive DIY efforts writing, 'Lockdown/LockDawn project for my 117 yr old yarden! As you can imagine the walls & floor are completely uneven so probably not a good idea stencilling your yard 😫 But I do love a challenge 😳 '

And challenge it certainly was. She goes on to say, ' If I knew the pain I was about to endure in my back, legs & everywhere else I don’t think I would have tackled it. But hey ho this 54 yr old doesn’t like to be beaten & certainly not by a floor💪🏼😂 '. That's the kind of winning spirit and determination we can get behind here at Ideal Home.

room with carpet black and white

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Dawn Burton)

Dawn began by painting the concrete area with an overall coat of black paint. She tells us. ‘The floor had 2 coats of Smooth black masonry paint. Stencil was pure brilliant white masonry  and Frenchic Al Fresco in Dusky Blush. Followed by 2 coats of patio sealer on top & voila.’

stencil painted patio with pillow

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dawn Burton)

To create the Victorian tile look Dawn chose a specialist stencil for home decor and crafts. The paint is stippled on with a brush and she also used various make up brushes – we're won over with Dawn's can-do attitude!

You'll notice the pillow to support her knees, as seen behind the scenes – just to show how much Dawn endured to carry out this incredible makeover.

Buy now: Victorian Tile Pattern Stencil, £9.49, Ideal Stencils

Stencilled concrete patio after

painted patio

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dawn Burton)

The finished outdoor area is a total triumphant. Dawn says, 'Couldn’t be more proud of what I’ve achieved.' Before hilariously adding, 'I never, no not ever want to see a stencil again 😂 '.

All in all Dawn estimates she spent roughly £124 on transforming the courtyard floor.

courtyard with patio and plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dawn Burton)

To enhance the newly painted outdoor area she has now dressed it to perfection – with a small sofa, bistro table set and pretty plants.

'I really hope I’ve inspired others to try something they’ve never ever done before, I did 😉👍🏼'.

Related: Homeowner uses Victorian-style tile stencil to paint the patio 

Do you have a makeover that deserves to be seen by the world? Share it with us in the Ideal Home Room Clinic, we'd love to feature your DIY project here too.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.