i should be mopping the floor: How to Paint a Porch Floor

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to Paint a Porch Floor

This is another post from my painting blog that I'm bringing over here as I prepare to close that site.

Got a "well-loved" patio? This step-by-step tutorial gives a simple-to-follow method for how to paint a porch floor and bring it back to life. At the bottom of the post, I've also included all of the paint colors we used here.
How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
Last summer, we worked like crazy to turn our really neglected back porch into a place we can actually enjoy. One of the first things we did was paint! From the ceiling down...we were amazed at how much paint transformed the area. Check out below our DIY on how to paint a porch floor! {And some SCARY before shots!}
How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
So the before photo...wow, right? It's a little scary, really. Our backyard has been neglected since the day we moved in. Well...that's kind of exaggerated. But, a makeover was long overdue. Besides paint, we bought a new ceiling fan, added a fire pit patio area to the right {full tutorial coming later this month on the blog}, grabbed a porch swing off of Craigslist and bought a new patio table {it's still sitting in the garage!}. It's come a long way, and I'm super happy with the end result. 

How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
There was actual furniture out here up until last spring when I got a wild hair and sold it all in a garage sale...in anticipation for re-doing the area. From March through July {when we had time to actually start this makeover}, we had no patio furniture. It seemed to get messier and dirtier without us enjoying the area like we usually do around that time of year. Bleh.

But once July hit, we had a week to really dig in and get to work.
Ready to learn how to paint a porch floor? Let's go!
How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
Prep work is the key ingredient here. We started with a power wash. Then we painted the walls and ceiling and had to power wash the floor again {live and learn!}. We had some irrigation issues which we also resolved over the summer by adding in a pea-gravel area for our fire pit. That area was previously quite muddy because of our French drain's location. By putting in the gravel area, we've totally eliminated the mud problem. Which makes a world of difference in keeping the patio clean. No more muddy paws!

How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
This next step is pretty critical in getting paint to adhere to a porch {that and using proper paint}. This is actually the second house that we've done this porch-painting thing to. This is a prepping chemical that, literally, eats off the top layer of your concrete... allowing it to open up a bit and absorb the paint that you apply to it. It's about $15 a gallon and we used roughly 1 1/2 gallons. You'll also need a stiff applicator {push} brush to scrub it all over the porch. {This is not a sponsored post...just sharing what worked for us here}.


How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
It's not a difficult job, but you will need to allow it to dry {and be sprayed off} in a 24-hour turn around. So once it's down, plan to stay off of it the next day.


How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
It's pretty amazing to me how clean the porch actually looks once the chemical etcher has taken off that top layer. I mean...wow, right?


How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
Now, the real fun begins! We used an oil-based porch paint from Valspar for this. I'm not an oil-based paint person, but it's pretty essential for this. It's so nice and thick that it only needed one coat. I also cut in around the edges and against the house. I actually bought a second darker color to paint broad stripes on this with...but I'm still deciding whether or not I really want to do that or not.

After the paint is down, let it dry for as long as you possibly can before setting foot on it. We gave ours an entire week to cure {not an easy feat with two dogs that come out that back door to do their thing}. We had to take our dogs to the front yard that whole week...but it was worth it! This step definitely requires patience...but it will be worth it!


How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
We're really happy with how it turned out! So much fresher and cleaner. Since this photo, we've added a dark brown teak patio table in front of the fireplace backside, going the long way. I've also added pillows and signs and other fun around the space. Hoping to do an overall reveal this summer to you. 

How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.

The paint colors here went a long way for this new look.
Here are the ones we used:
A. The door and ceiling color is Valspar's Crystal Aqua
B. The trim color is Valspar's Pale Bloom
C. The siding color is Valspar's Au Lait Ole
D. The floor color is Valspar's Universal Umber

Do you have an outdoor area that could use a spruce up?





7 comments:

  1. Wow! This turned out gorgeous. It looks so clean and inviting. I bet it is really nice with your furniture and some plants/flowers!

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  2. Wow! This turned out gorgeous. It looks so clean and inviting. I bet it is really nice with your furniture and some plants/flowers!

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  3. I remember you working on this to do! The outcome looks so great! Amazing the difference some new paint can do to make a space just pop! xx, b

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  4. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it. We plan on painting our concrete soon. Swooning over the Hiant blue ceiling - really really want to do that here. Well done my friend!!

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  5. that looks so good, and i love the siding color, too. enjoy!
    b

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  6. Wow, what an amazing difference!! I have used porch paint indoors, but oddly enough, never outdoors where it belongs. ;) I love the way it turned out!!

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  7. These were great tips. I really want to to redo our porch floor. It has all kinds of cracks and stains. I guess that is a good thing, because it means that it is getting a lot of use. However, I wish that it was a little nicer. I'm sure these tips will really help me in the process of making my porch look new again. http://www.rmmaterials.com/flagstone.htm

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