We have been eyeing these wood patio tiles at Ikea ever since moving into our house. In case you missed it, our entire backyard is paved over. Like a big beautiful parking lot.
We never took the plunge, because after doing the math, the tiles just weren’t in our budget. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when to my delight, someone posted a bunch of used ones for free on the NextDoor app. All I had to do was pick them up! Score! I knew there were some other interested parties before me, so I figured maybe I would end up with ten or so. I was shocked when I pulled up to the house and saw the huge stack in the driveway! I figured I’d cram them all into the car before anyone could change their mind, and count when I got home.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
There were 98 tiles total! That’s over $300 worth!
I laid them all out, so I could prep them to be refinished. I know, I know, they look rough, but trust me, they are gonna look beautiful once I’m done with them!
This probably looks hideous to most people, but I was super excited.
I left the tiles out in the rain. I figured, might was well use what nature has provided. If rain isn’t in your forecast, just soak them with the hose. Then, I sprinkled this all in one wood cleaner from Behr over top, and used a push broom to scrub it in.
This stuff works wonders! I always use it when I am using salvaged wood, or wood that has been left outside.
Then you let it sit for a bit, before washing it all off.
Look at the difference!
Once it dries, it’s ready for stain. I like to use this behr stain and sealer in one for my outdoor projects. In this case, I used the chocolate semi-transparent stain.
I painted it on with a brush, because I didn’t want drips on the concrete. (As if the concrete is in pristine condition.) You could also go much faster with a roller if you put a tarp underneath first.
Here’s a reminder of the BEFORE:
What do you think? I love how they turned out! I swear it looks like the floor of a spa.
Now I just need to decide where to put them, and add furniture!