Faux Tile Pool Deck
October 21 - 23, 2014
While in Oklahoma this Fall, I
did a little maintenance around the home.
The paint on the retaining wall behind the pool area
had started to chip and peel. Time to scrape and
re-paint. There was also a crack between the
wall and deck that needed to be sealed.
wall and concrete pool deck
to be faux tiled after retaining wall is painted
The problem with the retaining wall and the
surrounding pool deck....muddy dog prints.
paint on the retaining wall,
crack to be sealed between wall and deck,
and muddy paw prints
The soil in Oklahoma has more clay in it than the
soil in El Paso. Therefore, muddy dog paws are more
visible on a light surfaces and do not brush off
easily when dry. In El Paso, with a sandy
soil, the paw prints brush off the cement easier.
husband had painted a section of the
concrete with Sure Step Anti-Slip Coating
(Desert Sand). This paint works great
to create a non-slip surface on slick
concrete. However, if you have a bunch
of dogs running over the surface with muddy
paws, it becomes a nightmare aesthetically.
I decided to paint the retaining wall a
color similar to the color of the soil.
This way, when the dogs step on the wall and
pool deck with muddy paws, the paw prints
will be less noticeable.
So I took some soil with me to the Sherwin
Williams store here in town. I held up
the soil to the store salesman and said,
"let's find a brown that matches my dirt."
Their paint scanner can
only scan solid materials, so we had to try
and match the dirt to the paint chips.
The paint that was used is ConFlex XL
designed for concrete and masonry.
The color that I chose was Java SW 6090.
This color, after putting it on the surface,
was a little too dark. But with 5
gallons of the paint (this particular store
did not sell gallon sizes) I decided to go
with it. The color that would have
probably work better was the next lightest
color, Grounded SW 6089.
The paw prints still show a little on the
dark surface but far less noticeable than on
the light surface.
Only the back deck was going to
be worked on at this time.
The loose peeling paint was scrapped off the wall.
The crack between the wall and deck was sealed.
The retaining wall was painted the new brown color.
The round terracotta decoration on the middle of the
wall was spray painted a combination of antique
copper in the center and oil rubbed bronze along the
Marking the faux tile "grout" with masking
first step was to clean off the concrete
The next step was to measure the concrete
slab to find the center.
From the center I measured out and marked
18" "tiles". The most ideal size of masking
tape to use is 1/2". This size of
masking tape is difficult to find. In
this town in Oklahoma, no one had it.
I even checked auto supply stores.
I could have ordered the tape online, like I
did for my other faux tile project (shown
here) but I was returning to El
Paso soon and I wanted to finish this
So I had to cut wider masking tape to a 1/2"
width. This doubled the time of this
job considerably. If I had the right
size tape, I probably would have made 12"
"tiles" and still finished in half the time.
The paint was applied by brush.
There was one evening of light rain in the middle of
this job. The fresher paint on the far right
side was damaged a little by the rain because the
rain came down when it was still wet. I just
painted over it the next morning.
slab finished. Right section work stopped when some
I completed the back section on
the third day. I also filled some cracks and
chipping concrete on the two pool corners and then
I left a three inch border along the edge.
This is because there needs to be a visual aid to
prevent tripping on the edge of the concrete.
At dusk and at night without a light on, it is hard
to see the edge of the pool deck.
Next year when the pool is uncovered for the summer,
the faux tile treatment will be continued along the
sides of the pool.
Both the retaining wall and this section of the
concrete took about 1 1/2 gallons of paint. The
surface is still non-slip.
faux tile on back section
faux tile on back section
To see a more realistic faux tile
treatment using concrete patching material,
go to this page....