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I don’t think I’ve felt more grown up in a long time… I am SO close to having a finished house I can almost taste it! (Not that I go around eating parts of my house, we aren’t Hansel and Gretel after all.)

I have a confession to make: I haven’t lived in a finished house since I lived with my parents almost 20 years ago!  I am the true remodelaholic! Justin and I always have something torn up, and that hasn’t actually changed, we are still living with unfinished projects but as has been said by past heros- we recently took “one small step that feels like a GIANT LEAP for all of mankind”!

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You see, our current house has a basement. When we bought the house from our friends, we told them to not worry about finishing any projects because …remodelaholic.  They had inherited a puppy from their son and it had a heyday in attacking and otherwise killing the basement carpet!  Which means, they had torn it out, and were waiting for him to get out of puppyhood to replace it.   So, while this house was finished, not having carpet in the basement made it feel less finished than it might actually have been.

Because Justin and I are a little fastidious about the proper use of space, we decided to move a couple doorways to add some room to the very small bedrooms.  There were a couple other changes to make too.  One of the bedrooms still had the original  drop ceiling that also needed to be replaced, while we were at it we could move a couple closets, create a laundry chute from our bedroom and so on and so forth… #remodelaholic it’s a sickness…

But, I can see the light at the end of the basement…

Wait for it!

We have Shaw Floors, Brand New, Beautiful, Soft, LOVELY, warm, carpet!

The carpet we chose is Shaw Floors, The Arts, in 503 Arctic Frost.

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I’m so excited about it!! SO- SO- SO- EXCITED!!

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If you remember we did all hard surfaces, vinyl wood look floors upstairs (check out the post here). But you guys, I miss the feeling of real carpet, area rugs are wonderful (like this one in our last house- still love it infact) BUT I want carpet padding, and all the space for the kids to run around on soft flooring, and lay around on the floors, making “snow” angels in the carpet…

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Additionally, when the house was built and they poured the concrete floor, they did such a poor job at leveling it.  Seriously, it is surprising every time you walk from one side of the room.  You might as well be taking a sobriety test, (and failing at that), it goes up and down and I always trip and catch my foot as I walk, it is that wavy!  With the amount of level issues, putting a hard surface flooring down wouldn’t have worked without spending a fortune on leveling products and concrete grinding blades.

The installers we worked with were so awesome!  They worked hard to keep the pattern looking seamless and wonderful!   If you are local you can call Mike at Carpets of America in Provo, UT!  He really made the whole process run so smoothly!

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I wanted a sophisticated looking carpet, that wasn’t too shaggalicious.  I totally got the dream look I was hoping for!  I wanted the softness and comfort of carpet!  We got it!

I’m always looking for inspiration.  In fact, I’ve been through the home show every year for the last 5-6 years and every year there has been at least one house (often more) with the carpet style and look I finally decided on!  I have noticed it every year!  I’ve loved it every year- and now that we have it in our home, I love it even more.  Here are some similar looks, (I can’t find the specific house I was looking for, I literally have about 60,000 home show pictures and that is a literal number not an exaggeration)  But I love the hint of texture and pattern without a lot of added color.  LOVELY!

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There was one last minute choice that Justin and I made the night before the flooring install… we used to have this closet…  I asked Justin to help me move the doorway over a foot or so, to make the space inside more useful, and when we took out that portion of wall.. we realized the rest HAD to come down…

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The funny little closet, was great for storage, but not really necessary and since it was not a bearing wall, it had to go!  The space at the bottom of the stairs is a really just a large hallway, but it was too small to really make anything out of the space… by removing this large closet, we could make it into a family space.  And walking into the family space makes more sense than the huge hall with a family room around the corner (which I think I will turn into a guest room/home gym … Anywho, I’m SO in love with the space now (even though it means I have more drywall to take care of!)  Like I said, we almost had a totally finished space… now we also have this (sorry for the fuzzy kids the lighting down there is horrible, and they can’t sit perfectly still for as long as it takes to expose the image properly!)  Also, yes, this is what they space looks like regularly… it is summer break after all!  I know you’re jealous!

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Otherwise, the spaces are so comfortable and nice to be in now!

I can’t wait to show you what we did with the play “area” (also part of the large hall), we reconfigured the furniture a bit from before the install on the other side of the room, and I am SO much happier with the space layout now!  But oh boy, do I need to go through the toys and get rid of half… pray for me.

Thank you again to Shaw Floors, we have been working on and off together for the last 9 years.  I LOVE the company!  I LOVE the employees.  They are such a great company to work with, I am thankful for the blessing they are in our lives!

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This post is sponsored by our very favorite budget-saving brand ever: IKEA.  All opinions are our own.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for summer to begin!  It’s funny, we had REALLY mild weather til the end of February. About that time, we started feeling like, yes, winter is over.  Psych… it has been snowing, raining, hailing and you name it since then up until last week.  So- I am READY to get outdoors and really welcome the summer.

In preparation for this season, we invited a group of bloggers to join us for an Outdoor DIY Challenge (see more here) — and we have been working on our patio.  We showed you how we fixed the concrete on our 40 year old covered patio, and it was the perfect foundation for setting up an outdoor dining space!  We filmed everything, and I mean a whole  month of cleaning, painting, assembling, sewing, staging and all that jazz- but it is finally done.  So you must watch the video below to see how our covered patio became a cozy outdoor dining space below, and keep watching to see all the other amazing Outdoor DIY Challenge projects, too!

Covered Patio to Outdoor Dining Room Transformation

First things first, every good after has to start with a before or two. When we bought the house:

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After a long winter;

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Cleaned off and ready to repair the concrete:

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To help plan the space (and inspired by Dawn’s amazing virtual makeovers), I came up with a couple of Photoshop options. First I thought I’d try a dark wall since I’m really happy with it inside, for our fireplace, but ultimately I decided it was too boring for outside…

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So we chose to match the bright green TEODORES chairs! (You might recognize the color from our wooden block art that hung here until we rearranged).

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Painting the walls… We gave the left wall a couple coats of bright white paint and the back wall is a Glidden color called “Bright Teal Surprise” that we had color-matched to BEHR Ultra Exterior in satin. It’s the perfect name (surprise!) and I LOVE the color.  We are avid Disney fans and try to visit Disneyworld when possible and this bright color reminds me of Florida.  I could use a little more Florida in my life!

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To see all the action of painting, installing, arranging, and decorating, check out the video, and if you want to see the after, well here you go! I’m so pleased with how the space came together.

Products we used in our patio space:

The ÄPPLARÖ drop-leaf table gives plenty of space for our family or when we have friends or family over — we have 8 TEODORES chairs at the table, but we could fit one more in on each end for kiddos if we have a full house.

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The white VIVAN curtains, which I hemmed to length and hung on a set of HUGAD rods with BETYDLIG brackets (see the video to see how we connected the shorter rods to be the length we needed), are such an affordable option to make this space feel really elegant and comfortable, and also give us great options for controlling the light as the sun sets. And I love the vibrant black and white of the LAPPLJUNG RUTA rug! It makes the fresh clean-slate painted concrete floor look that much better, in my opinion.

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The REGOLIT pendant lamp shades are a great option for adding a large-scale element without being heavy or difficult to hang. And, bonus, they do a pretty good camouflage job on our not-yet-updated ceiling fan.

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This view makes me SO happy! The RAVENEA Majesty palms (in MUSKOT pots) are perfect for adding to the Florida vibe.

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The bright green TEODORES chairs are wonderful — bold and colorful for a statement, but pretty comfortable and easy to clean for real-world living.

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The ASKHOLMEN trellis works double duty, adding a spot for some FEJKA plants for greenery while holding our SOMMAR 2018 BBQ spatula, fork, and tongs conveniently above the grill.

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We added a black and white striped table runner, which really makes the white dishware, like our favorite classic white SOCKERÄRT pitcher, and turquoise/aqua accents pop in a fun modern way — the colorful SÖTVATTEN straws are always a favorite at our house, and the bright blue aqua of the SOMMAR 2018 tealight lantern is perfect for summer! Some trailing FEJKA plants add some greenery to the tablescape in the easiest way.

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And the BJURSTA drop-down table makes the perfect outdoor serving bar — we actually used two together to create a longer bar area. Right now it’s loaded up with pretty FEJKA thyme, rosemary, and daisy plants in white MUSKOT and turquoise and dark turquoise PAPAJA pots and a the perfect miniature SOCKER watering can, but just imagine it all filled up with BBQ fixings or ice cream sundae toppings… THAT is summer! The super affordable FISKBO frames (watch for another project using those soon!) above the bar are holding the TRILLING shine bright print series, but they are so easy to swap out for a different print or even a menu for the meal, if we get to feeling a little fancy.

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We are in love with our updated space and so excited to get plenty of use out of our covered patio this summer. We may never eat indoors again!

To see our last IKEA before-and-after, check out  our updated entry! And don’t forget to check out the other Outdoor DIY Challenge projects here, too: 

Get your yard summer-ready with these detailed outdoor DIY tutorials and projects. From the patio to the front porch to the garden, these ideas will make your home exterior and yard amazing! #remodelaholic

Get Out! Outdoor DIY Projects

Covered Patio Outdoor Dining Area | Remodelaholic
DIY Outdoor Bench | Hertoolbelt
How to Build a Gazebo (from a Kit) | The Palette Muse
Sunroom Makeover | Lantern Lane Designs
DIY Solar Walkway Lights | Toolbox Divas
Wooden Welcome Sign Wreath | Lemon Thistle
DIY Washer Toss Game | Everyday Party Magazine
Backyard Hammock Area  | North Country Nest
Easy Cinder Block Garden Planters | Our Crafty Mom
Funny DIY No Soliciting Sign | Leap of Faith Crafting
Simple DIY Tricks for a Covered Porch | Ugly Duckling House
Bistro Set Makeover | Practical & Pretty
Tiered Vertical Planter Garden | Creative Ramblings


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These budget-friendly DIY projects and IKEA furniture picks made our covered patio into a bold and vibrant outdoor dining space for our family, perfect for summer barbecues and outdoor living. #remodelaholic



I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.

Thank you to DRYLOK® for partnering with us to update our patio!  I am SO excited about this space now!  All opinions are my own in this post how to paint a concrete patio. Read our full disclosure policy here

One of the things I love about our new house is the covered patio space.  We spend so much time out there!  it is the perfect place to relax and chat and though we haven’t had one yet, I think it will be really fun for family barbecues!  I know before we bought this house that our cute neighbors (who owned the house then) used it constantly!

When we first bought it, the patio space looked like this..

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The patio itself is 40 years old this June!  So, while it is totally functional the concrete has seen better days… and #reallife – since it is just after winter, the patio has seen much better, more organized days.  We’ve just been sort of stacking things in there.  And I apologize to my patio for showing you these pictures, and it may be a little embarrassed to show itself to you today…

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How to Paint a Concrete Patio – Clutter be gone!

So, we slowly emptied the whole space out.  We moved this table to our deck at our office.  Then, we loaded up our trusty little trailer (hooked onto our 4 wheeler) and parked everything in the garage, which was a good thing, because the weather has been HORRENDOUS!!

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To make sure the surface was prepped and free of debris and stains, we pressure washed the patio and got any old paint drips and staining off that we could.  Seriously pressure washing old concrete is one of the most satisfying chores on the planet.  It is amazing how much grime we got off!  When we were done, we were left with this.

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How to Paint a Concrete Patio – Stains & Cracks

Some of our problems:

  • BIG cracks
  • lots of staining from spills
  • water splash staining from rain and snow
  • plant debris staining – it just blows onto the patio constantly!

This big stain pictured below, in particular, even after working with it and the pressure washer, it just wouldn’t get off!

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The cracks were already filled with silicone, which the paint can’t stick to.  So we had to clean that out, but because of a lot of settling over the years the pieces had lifted the to slightly different levels, so we chose to grind them down.  Justin used a handheld plugin grinder and a diamond bit grinder blade in about a 4 inch diameter.

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Poor Guy!  This work was pretty back breaking for sure and DUSTY!!

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All ground down the cracks now looked like this:

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How to Paint a Concrete Patio – Fill the Cracks

We had to do a ton of vacuuming to get up the dust that was everywhere!  But we wanted to keep the patio clean throughout the process which ended up taking about a month+ between other projects (I know!) Because the weather couldn’t make up its mind.  It literally snowed 4 times…  and to follow the manufacturers instructions, you need it to be dry AND a minimum temperature!

Anywho, we just kept plugging along.  Next was filling the cracks, with DRYLOK® Concrete Patch.  It took a bit to get it right, we actually ended up having to do two coats to fill in all the settling.Painting A Patio With UGL Epoxy Floor Paint @Remodelaholic 20

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We ground down the crack filler afterward, but in hindsight we should have been a lot more careful applying it the first time, because grinding it smooth, did cause it to flake and break in some places.  Ultimately, we just embraced it, and you will be shocked what the paint hides!

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As for the color, I didn’t want the concrete to be too far off of an actual concrete color, (I may decide to go more bold and choose another color, if we ever do this again!)  But for now, I chose the DRYLOK® E1 1-Part Epoxy Floor Paint in Gray, and I am really happy with how much better it looks!

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Also, because our kids run around back here all the time, I wanted to make sure that coming from damp grass to painted concrete wouldn’t be too slippery.  We decided to add the DRYLOK® Non-Skid Texture Additive.

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How to Paint a Concrete Patio – Small Batches = No Clumps

We poured it into the paint can in little batches and mixed well to keep it from clumping.

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Then the easy fun SUPER satisfying work began!  The painting!!

I started by cutting it in on the edges, and then rolled the center.

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How to Paint a Concrete Patio – No More Stains & Cracks!

You can really see the amount of staining the paint covered up!  And the best part is that I don’t even see that cracks anymore!  Additionally the epoxy paint went on SO smoothly!  Quick and easy!

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It’s still drying in this picture, but you can really begin to see the difference this paint is making!

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How to Paint a Concrete Patio – All Finished Up

And finally, a little later in the afternoon all dry.

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Oh my goodness, it looks like a BRAND NEW PATIO!

40 never looked so good!

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Using what we already had, we got the furniture back in place!  (Obviously I painted that back wall a big BRIGHT new color too!  We are working on a dining space transformation, so I will tell you more about that soon!)  I feel like every time I’ve stepped out the door I am in sunny Florida… and I LOVE it!… uh even though it was in the 30’s this morning, in MAY!

I need to paint the back door, maybe black or do you think it needs to be brighter??

I plan on painting the columns white like the bump out, and maybe thickening them up a bit and adding screens to screen it in from bugs and debris!  The only other change I can foresee, I feel like the DIY plywood sofas need maybe a more colorful cushion selection… and what about a prettier rug?  Tell me in the comments what you think!

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I am excited to plant our coffee table with some plants.  I am craving green and beautiful living things!

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So, I really think it is important to show you a before of the concrete…

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Just a little crack filling and paint later and BAM: After!  The difference is not subtle, it is HUGE even though the color change is subtle.

One last picture, it is a little fuzzy, but we have had a bunch of rain and even some snow again last night! UGH!  But the concrete doesn’t stain on all the edges anymore, and it drains so fast!  Before it would soak in and discolor the edges for at least a few hours till it dried out, but it is really nice not to have that problem anymore!  (PS can you find the kids painted rocks in the little planter bed?!!  Its real life around here…  Obviously I also need to week out the grass!

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Thank you to DRYLOK® for sponsoring this post, I am really excited to keep fluffing up this space, especially now that the foundation looks so clean!  Please be sure to check out what we did to update the old cinder block fence at my parents house a few years ago also with DRYLOK®!  Such a wonderful product!  All opinions are my own!

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