The large palm trees and lush surrounding gardens give this pool area the feel of a tropical oasis with a delightful ambience.
But the poolside concrete had been left in its natural state by the previous homeowner. And while it was practical, the plain concrete was stark and made the space appear unfinished and uninviting.
In a weekend, the entire pool area was revamped by thoroughly cleaning and applying paving paint directly onto the concrete.
Style the surrounds
Before the transformation, the old banana lounges and statues gave the area a dated look suited only for swimming and sunbathing.
To make it more contemporary, and to give the space a new purpose, an entertaining area was created, complete with comfortable chairs, side tables, umbrellas, colourful pillows and accessories.
To complete the new look, the concrete was coated in paving paint, which is available in lots of colours to suit any exterior.
Instead of using a solid colour, the concrete was painted with wide stripes, which added character and depth, plus a designer feel.
TIP Allow new concrete to cure for at least 12 weeks before painting.
How to solve common pool problems
- Heavy pool use
- pH too high
- Poor filtration xes
- Adjust pH to between 7.2 and 7.8
- Add clarifier and recirculate for one hour, turn off the filter and let the water settle for 24 hours, then vacuum the pool.
- Chloramines present in water
- Chlorine level too low
- Check chlorine levels
- Ensure the filter is running for a sufficient amount of time
- Clean the filter
- Adjust pH if required.
Green water or algae
- Low chlorine level
- pH too high
- Faulty salt chlorinator
- Pump and filter not operating
- Clean the filter.
- Check the pump or chlorinator for faults
- Check the chemical levels and adjust
- Heavy use
- Heavy rain
- Lack of chlorine
- pH too high
- Dose with flocculant
- Vacuum debris off floor
- Turn on filtration system to recirculate mode, or remove cartridge and then turn on the filter
How to paint concrete
Clean the concrete using a high pressure washer, then etch the surface with a long-handled scrubbing brush and a solution of three parts water and one part hydrochloric acid. Leave for 15 minutes, then wash off. The surface should feel like rough sandpaper, if not, repeat the process, then sweep clean.
Cut in all edges with a brush, then load a roller with white paving paint. Starting in a corner, roll three strokes in a zigzag pattern, smooth out the paint with straight strokes, then go over it with a non-loaded roller to even it out and hide any marks. Leave it to dry, then apply a second coat.
Measure the stripes and mask off with painter’s tape on the outside edge. Cut in with a brush, then apply two coats with a roller, allowing the paint to dry in between coats. Remove the tape before the paint is fully dry. TIP For a clean line, press firmly so the paint doesn’t seep under the tape.