Using Porch Floor Paint
To Create a Painted RugPorch floor paint need not be boring. Wait till you see the painted rug that Linda created for her front porch floor. Linda is the author of It All Started With Paint and oh my, you're in for a treat here.
Linda took her front porch from worn and tired to a charming place that turns heads. In addition to her painted rug, we're going to show you how she created very charming porch steps that are numbered.
Linda's Front Porch Makeover StoryLinda's porch was in need of a lot of TLC. Her porch flooring was splintered and well worn. She had end caps missing from her columns and her porch had rotting issues.
Let us tell you how she gave her porch flooring a tremendous make-over through sheer hard work.
She patched, repaired and painted her porch first. Then she decided to create a beautiful patterned painted rug right on her porch landing.
Linda Turned Her Worn Porch Floor from This...
How to Create a Painted Rug
Her first step was careful planning and taping. This step takes time but I bet Linda would tell you the preparation was well worth it.
Using porch paint, she painted the large square (inside the tape lines) a creamy yellow color. She gave it a couple coats.
Then after taping off again she created two narrow borders with black porch floor paint. (This photo was taken from inside the screen door.)
To Linda's surprise, she found a big mess after she pulled the tape off. We all know how that goes - sometimes we get unintended consequences. Yikes.
Because her porch floor was not level (which is true for most porches), some of the black paint ran in places where she did not want it to go.
[Note: Porch floors should have a slight slope to them to direct water away from the house.]
Being the resourceful person that she is, Linda turned lemons into lemonade, as you will see.
Linda went through several design iterations before finally deciding upon the checkerboard pattern. At first she thought stripes, then diamonds - until through trial and error the attractive checkerboard pattern emerged.
She created a good old-fashioned paper and pencil pattern for taping off the squares to complete the design of her painted rug. Notice how she numbered her pattern, too, with 1's and 2's. She taped off and painted the #1s first - a softer, lighter shade of green.
After completely drying, she taped off the #2 squares and painted them the deeper shade of green.
A Close-up of the Finished Pattern. Gorgeous!
Wow, the finished result is a gorgeous painted rug that graces the landing of Linda's porch. She said the pattern cannot be seen from the street. But once you walk up the stairs, what a nice surprise.
Notice the small black diamonds. Linda used a stencil for those. Just the perfect accent. The result speaks for itself. Linda had not decided whether she was going to put a coat of polyurethane on her painted rug.
Be sure to see Porch Paint section for more tips on porch floor paints, colors, and creative ideas!
Numbered Porch StepsWe also wanted you to see the fresh, zany way that Linda fixed up her porch steps. I really love this idea of numbering the steps.
Before the Numbering
After having freshly painting her porch steps, she was ready to dress them up a bit.
So she purchased a package of marine vinyl letters and numbers - meant for boats. Living in Chicago, she thought these would be able to stand up to Chicago weather.
The Numbered Steps
Linda said that sticking the vinyl numbers on the steps took just 15 minutes. The numbers add a lot of fun and personality.
And dressed for autumn with brightly colored mums, planters and jack-o-lanterns. Wow, that's wonderful.
Linda is originally from New Jersey, but now lives in Chicago with her husband and two children. Their home, which they originally planned to be a starter home, has been where they have lived for many years now.
Linda has a talent for fixing up their home on a small budget, as evidenced by the porch makeover she shared here.
Please take a moment and visit her helpful blog, It All Started with Paint, for more intriguing handygirl, sewing, craft and painting projects.
Linda, we love your porch makeover. Thank you so much for sharing your painted rug and numbered porch steps with us!
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