A Patio Rescue

For firefighters, the station house is a second home. Designer David Bromstad designs a knock-out patio that'll keep them hanging around even when they are off duty.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionTwo tones of patio paint are used to make the concrete look like it was stained.

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Although David's first attempt to stain the concrete failed, he perseveres. Luckily, design assistant Danielle Hirsch has a great paint technique that looks like stain. Using two tones of patio paint that are watered down, Danielle creates a wash that looks natural like a stain. If you roll a flat layer of patio paint onto concrete, it'll bubble and peel in a few years. Brushing and dabbing the paint into the concrete minimizes air pockets and increases the paint's durability.