How to stencil a concrete patio or path in your garden…

How to stencil a concrete patio or path in your garden…

You may or may not have seen my latest mammoth project that involved hand stencilling my garden path, if you haven’t then click here, if you have then you are probably reading this because you would like to know some more information about how I did it etc.

Well, the first thing I would say if you are interested in stencilling your patio or path is, you have to be committed and extremely patient if you want great results.

I originally thought of doing this last year but our garden was in a complete state and our path was riddled with broken concrete that was beyond repair, so I knew I would have to put it on the back burner.


Our former path was unsafe, I, and my children have tripped over it numerous times, so the guy that manages the farm we live on kindly agreed to replace it for us.

Once the new slabs were down, I started to research the best paint. This was one of the hardest things because it appears that in all the years that concrete paving slabs have been around, apparently painting them ‘isn’t a thing!’


So I just had to take a chance, the closest thing I could find that would be able to take a battering from our UK weather would be masonry paint. As much as I was confident that it would withstand the rain and snow, I wasn’t so sure it would handle foot fall and that’s when I began to research something to seal it with.

The Masonry paint I used was just budget Leyland smooth Masonry paint from The Range, I think it was about £14 for a massive tub and had great reviews online. I bought two tubs, one black, one white.

I also bought Wickes patio and paving seal which was £18.

Before I began to paint I swept the area thoroughly and made sure the slabs were clean. If your slabs are particularly weathered you will need to jet wash them first and then allow to dry all the way through, which might take a couple of days.

I began to roll on the white masonry paint using a large roller on a pole for ease. The paint was pretty thick so I could have gotten away with one coat, but I did two for a more opaque look.

The stencil I used was very kindly gifted by Dizzy Duck Designs who offer a large selection of stencils and decals. They asked what size my slabs were and made a bespoke stencil to fit them, which very promptly arrived the next day.

When stencilling, it’s best to stipple, especially around the edges and actually less is more when it comes to the paint application, because otherwise you may end up with bleed.

If the paint does bleed, try to correct it at the time by wiping it as soon as you can to avoid having to go back and correct at the end.

Some other tips I can offer is that knee pads are a good investment, I got mine in Lidl for £4.99. It’s a good idea to get a cushion to sit on too and make sure you have things to hold your stencil in place, tape can be a bit fiddly, so I used paint tins to weight it down.

Take your time with it, especially towards the end as you start to get tired and achey, because if you don’t then you might make mistakes and regret it.

Once all the painting is done and dry, you’ll need to start applying the patio seal. Before you start you’ll need to give the area a really good sweep to make sure there is no dust or grit.

Then carefully (because it’s really runny) pour the patio seal in to a paint tray and use a sponge roller (and pole) to apply it. You will have to allow the first coat 4 hours to dry before applying the second, and then another 4 hours before you can walk on it.

The patio seal will create a protective layer that resists rain, dirt and grime, but I’m afraid I won’t know how it holds up to foot fall for a while yet.

I’m so happy with the result and although it took me around 15 hours and a lot of perseverance, I think we can all agree it was 100% worth the effort.

I will provide regular updates on how it’s doing on Instagram though so keep your eyes peeled.

I hope I’ve provided enough information if you are considering this project, however if you have any further questions please reach out to me and I’ll try my best to help you.

I will be stencilling our patio once it has been laid which is twice the size of the path, so I’m both excited and a little overwhelmed about starting that but I know it will be worth all of the hard work.

Until next time,










  1. Nicky
    July 11, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    Hi Hayley. Thank you so much for sharing this project, it looks super cool. I have considered doing something like this in the past, but haven’t got past the point of which slabs to get. Yours look pretty smooth, all I can find are the ones that have an anti slip finish, either riven or with those horrid bobbles on. Have even gone as far as buying a mould so the husband could make me some (however he was not at all keen on that idea!). So what were yours called and where from? I would be beyond grateful for that information! I have to do something about my beyond revolting back garden in my other home in Cornwall! Thank you so much, and great blog by the way! Best wishes Nicky

    • Iamhayleystuart
      August 7, 2019 / 3:59 pm

      Hi Nicky, thanks for this comment, I have only just seen it so I apologise for the delay in coming back to you. The slabs I’ve used are just bog standard smooth ones from my local patio place. They’re not shining but the patio seal gives them a slight sheen when you first put it on. I hope this helps x

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