How to Paint An Outdoor Basketball Court (DIY)

DIY basketball court

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.

diy basketball court
Before, in it’s natural state

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.

DIY basketball court

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.

diy basketball court

DIY basketball court

DIY basketball court

DIY basketball court
Cracks complete!

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!

DIY basketball court

We customized the blue paint to this tint. And, the green was in the pretinted can (I think it was tennis court green).

DIY basketball court

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!

DIY basketball court

diy basketball court

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.

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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…

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The stencil to draw the court box lines

…and mark with chalk.

diy basketball court
I drew the chalk line on the outside edge of the stencil so that when we painting the green court box, we would paint right up to that line. Once dry, we could paint the white line over where the two meet for a clean line.

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…

DIY basketball court

…and painted the green over it – so when it was lifted, MJ would remain blue.

diy basketball court

DIY basketball court

DIY basketball court
You can see how we painted the green right up to the chalk line in this picture.

 

DIY basketball court
I do love how it turned out

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.

diy basketball court

diy basketball court

diy basketball court

diy basketball court
diy basketball court

9. Then, we played some hoops! We love how it turned out!

diy basketball court

diy basketball court

I hope this helps. If you have any questions, comment below. Thanks!

amy ruth, writer

19 thoughts on “How to Paint An Outdoor Basketball Court (DIY)

  1. This looks amazing! We are getting ready to prep, pour our basketball court and landscape. I’m excited for the court, but don’t want just a slab of cement in the yard. So glad I ran across this post, so inspiring and definitely doing. Where did you order your stencil kit from for the lines? Roughly, how long did it take to paint and do lines, etc.? Awesome job!!

    1. Hi Jenna! I’m so glad you reached out. I agree, it was really hard to find helpful and visual how to’s on the web. Glad we can connect. The lines were probably the easiest part BECAUSE of the awesome stencil kit. It’s all pre-measured- you only have to find the correct starting point and then unfold. I did spray on 2 coats of white bc I wanted the lines to be sharp and crisp. There is some spray over but the included shield helps with some of that. Here’s the website:www.basketballstencil.com . It has awesome video tutorials. We ordered the COMPLETE EASY COURT MARKING STENCIL $156.00 – with the bridge gaps. They weren’t a problem. Since I knew we weren’t going to use the kit again, once I got the stencils set and taped, I just used a razor blade to cut through the bridge gaps. Also, we bought a couple more cans of white upside down spray paint at Home Depot. It took a couple hours I think on a Sunday afternoon. The line paint dries really quickly. The hardest part of the entire project was rolling the 3 coats of blue/green paint :/ I hope this helps to answer your questions. Please let me know if I can help with anything else. I’m excited for you and your family!!! It’s been such fun!

      1. Thank you for your help. I will look into purchasing the stencil kit for lines this weekend. Concrete is getting poured tomorrow, basketball hoop should arrive within a week and painter is lined up as well. We are going with Washington State colors, Crimson and Grey with the WSU logo in the key. My boys are so excited! Go COUGS! Again, thank you for your help and inspiration!

  2. Your court looks awesome! We just installed a court and are getting close to being ready to paint it. It is nice to know that the stencils work well. We have also purchased them. Can you tell me if you are happy with the type of paint you used? And now that it is a few months old, is it holding up? I worry that with the textured cement, too much paint will mean a lot of touch ups.

    So glad to have found your blog. It gives me encouragement that painting our court ourselves is not a bad idea. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Jenni! We love our court. I love the way it snazzes up the look of our backyard. I’m excited for you. As far as the paint goes, it has held up great with very little to no chipping. The only thing…are the cracks. And I really don’t know why. My only guess is that with three coats of paint the weight of that on a cement pad that was poured in 1995 just took it toll. There are a considerable bit more cracks that when I feebly attempted to patch up pre-paint job. Anyway, I hope that helps. And I cheer you on!

    1. Hi! Our stencil packet included 2 cans of paint but that was skimpy and not enough. I just ran over to Home Depot and picked up 3 more cans of this Rustoleum striping paint:
      Hope that helps! Good luck 🙂

  3. Hi Jenna,

    Thanks so much for this post!! It is true that it is difficult to find a lot of videos/content on this topic, so your post has been very helpful!! I had a question related to the paint that you used. Was it specifically designed for anti-slipping? One of my biggest concerns is that the wrong paint may cause players to slip. Thanks in advance for your response!

    1. Hi Max, Glad it could help you. We have loved ours and it just looks cool even when it isn’t used.

      So, the paint was not designed for anti slip. But, we have not noticed any issues slipping. Our boys are more into baseball and don’t play very hard on the court- more like shooting games. The Sherwin Williams guys suggested adding a slip-resistant additive called “Sharkgrip” (link here: http://www.hcconcrete.com/products/shark-grip-prep-products/Shark_Grip_Slip_Resistant_Additive/). We decided not to use it on the court bc it would have required a lot of adding and stirring. But we did use it on the steps when we repainted our deck. And it was easy and worked great there.
      Anyway, I hope that helps. Would love to see your finished product! Amy

  4. Thanks for your quick reply and the referral to Sharkgrip. I will look into it. We are planning to start and hopefully finish this week, while I’m off. I will be sure to share a photo. Thanks again!!

  5. We are getting ready to embark on our own basketball court. Is there a reason you rolled on the paint vs spraying it?

    1. Hi Ashley! That’s a great question. I don’t know if we even considered spraying it on! I think because we didn’t have a sprayer…the flying fumes…and potential mess. I will tell you that since our concrete pad had been poured 10 years earlier from the previous owner when we rolled 3 coats of paint on top, there has been a lot of cracking. I can only assume it’s because of the weight of the paint and possibly there had been some erosion under the concrete. So…I hope that helps. I would be very interested to know what you decided. Thanks! Good luck!

    2. That’s a great question. Funny, but I can’t remember. I think we rolled it because we wanted to apply a thick coat of paint for durability. Our cement pad was about 15 years old and needed to have the paint worked into some areas. I hope that helps. Blessings!

  6. Did you use any sport wax clear coat when you were finished to prolong the life of the court? If you didn’t, did you not feel it was needed?

    1. No, we did not. But maybe we should have. We just couldn’t do another step- it was a heft project! There is some wear noticed on the court in small places but as a whole it has held up really well. There is not peeling of the paint, just a few small worn places. The color is still very vibrant. I hope that helps.
      Blessings.

  7. What an awesome court! Here’s a simple question I’ve been struggling with in my research but probably has a simple answer. I want to get the stencil you have. But, the line stencil you have there is segmented and there’s pieces in between that hold the two sides of the line together that would make the end result be more of a dashed than continuous line. When you painted using the stencil it wouldn’t have been a continuous line- obviously you have a continuous line so how did you get around (through) this? Thank you so much for sharing your process it is one of the most helpful things out there on this!

    1. yes…you are correct. The one we purchased (with dashes) was the cheaper one 🙂 Once we got the entire stencil taped down, i just cut the dashes out. i believe they were only there to help reinforce the unfolding of the stencil initially. And we knew our stencil would be a one time use for us. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Blessings

  8. hi was wondering if u still have jumpman stencil and will u sell it because im doing my sons drive way basketball court

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