Hi! This is way off of what I usually write about. But, I love DIYs. And, many have asked how we painted and striped our basketball court. So, I thought I would share some pictures and instructions.
It’s a dream come true to have this in our backyard!
In 2005 when we moved into our South Carolina home, we were super excited to have this 30′ x 30′ basketball court in our backyard. But, we did nothing with it…for 10 YEARS! Last spring (2016), we caught the vision and had the gumption and went to work.
I did a lot of pinterest-ing and google researching for the colors, design, and any help in this undertaking. I found a minimal amount. Some. But, not a lot. So, I hope this will help you if you are interested in tackling this project on your own.
DIY Outdoor Basketball Court
1. Pour your cement pad. We already had a 30′ x 30′ cement pad from the previous owners (thank you!). But, I saw a lot of how-to sites online if you want to pour one yourself.
2. Pressure wash it well. We rented a pressure washer for 4 hours from our local equipment rental store.
3. Fill in any cracks. This was really, really hard. I used this brand that I found at Home Depot. It was a bit testy. I don’t think I used the correct water/mixture ratio. It was too runny and didn’t cover the cracks very well. Also, the texture of the crack filler was different from the cement. Once it was patched and painted, you could tell. Looking back, I don’t know if I would bother filling in the cracks if we had to do it again.
4. Paint the court. We went to our Sherwin Williams store (the best) and asked them for what product to use. They recommended using the product below and it worked great!
We customized the blue paint to this tint. And, the green was in the pretinted can (I think it was tennis court green).
I think we used 8 gallons of blue and 3 gallons of green. We painted 3 coats, each rolling in a different direction. It was stinky and difficult and exhausting. Whew!
5. Update basketball hoop. You may not need to do this but we sure did. We ordered a 54″ basketball hoop that fit our existing pole system. It was easy to install. We also freshened up the pole with a shiny new coat of black paint.
6. Paint the court box a coordinating color. We bought a stencil for the lines of the court box and the 3-point line. It made the job SOOOOO much easier. In order to paint the correct area for the court box, we had to lay it out…
…and mark with chalk.
7. Create and paint a Michael Jordan logo (optional). I also wanted a fun Michael Jordan logo in the center. So I found this Jumpman logo, traced it onto posterboard using an overhead projector (I know, so old school), cut it out, taped it to where I wanted it within the court box…
…and painted the green over it – so when it was lifted, MJ would remain blue.
8. Paint the lines. We laid out the stencil according to the directions in the kit and spray painted. I had to purchase about 3 more cans of spray paint at Home Depot (the kit included 2), because I wanted a really solid line.
9. Then, we played some hoops! We love how it turned out!
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, comment below. Thanks!