Barbara's Painted Concrete Floor Screened In Back Porch

A painted concrete floor can look just fabulous. Barbara shares this story and picture with us. It's very awesome how much her concrete floor looks like tile.



With a little ingenuity, elbow grease and creativity, Barbara created a summer retreat on her screened porch by painting the concrete floor and decorating her porch.

Outside of paint, masking tape and a sponge, that is about all the supplies she used.

Create a Faux Tile Floor by Painting Concrete

By Barbara Curran of Lebanon, NJ

Barbara's painted concrete floor on her screened porch
Barbara painted her floor to look like tile
Photo courtesy of Barbara Curran
Barbara writes: "When my husband and I moved into our 1973 Cape Cod home in central New Jersey, it had a nice screened in porch with a concrete floor.

After living with all the stains and dirt which accumulated on the floor for 4 years, I decided to paint and decorate the space.

I chose to paint the floor with a faux tile look in an effort to hide any dirt coming up onto the porch with kids, dog and husband. First cleaning the floor with a power washer, I then primed the floor with concrete paint.

I put my base color down which served as my grout lines. Using everyday masking tape I created the size and position of my faux tile.

I then used a sponge and repeating the technique twice, I dabbed a brown and gray color onto the floor. I let it dry and then pulled up the tape to reveal my new floor.

Tab top curtains hung on drawer pulls which are glued to nails and then cinched with napkin rings to complete my back porch's new look!"

Mary and Dave: Barbara, we love your idea of how you painted your porch's concrete floor. Sure does look like actual tile. Thanks so much for sharing your idea and technique with us.

I like how you did your curtains, too. You have a fantastic porch. A nice retreat for sure. Thank you. Yes, we'd love to see yours, too, Debbie



Comment by Debbie: Nice job! Thank you for sharing your technique. Love your curtains and entire porch. It is just the look I am after. I cant wait to get the paint and supplies to do mine. I will let you know how mine turns out. Thanks again!

Mary and Dave: Debbie, when you get your porch done, please send us photos. We would love to see how it turns out. Before and after pictures are most welcome, too. Thanks to both of you - Debbie and Barbara!

Barbara: Debbie...if your concrete is rough and porous, and this is the first time painting the floor, you may need to do a double coat of primer...the cement actually absorbs the paint quickly.

If your concrete floor is a smooth finish...lightly sand it before painting so the paint has something to adhere to.

Staining Concrete Floors Is Another Option

Traci and her husband stained their floor

A more permanent solution, especially for outdoors, Traci (author of Beneath My Heart) and her husband stained their patio floor to make it look like tile.

This is different from painting and requires more steps. Traci shares the staining process with us. We think you will appreciate the amazing transformation.


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