Porch floor paint colors

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Porch floor paint colors
Turn a tired old porch into an attractive asset with a few cans of paint. (front porch chair image by mrslevite from Fotolia.com)

If painting the porch sounds like a dull chore, liven things up with a custom design and the right paint colours. Take some time to envision a few different colour combinations and patterns. No law states that the porch floor must display solid grey or winter green. Use soft colours in a symmetrical design to add interest to your front entry, or go daring and brighter on the back porch.

Crisp Stripes for Curb Appeal

Give your front porch real curb appeal with a new paint job of subtle stripes. A worn and tired wooden porch picks right up with alternate shades of cream and beige, pewter and dove grey or teal and forest green. Determine whether you want a slick, shiny high-gloss or a discreet flat finish. Try sample boards in various light conditions, including porch lights at night, and select the best colour for edging the porch.

Before you begin, clean and repair the old wood so your new colour goes on evenly. Mark off the boards for the stripes, and paint from each far side toward the middle, ending at the steps so you don't have to jump over the rail after painting yourself in a corner. Pale colours may require a double coat for a solid opaque finish. Darker colours are fine with a single coat, depending on the condition of the wood and the traffic you anticipate. If the porch will get heavy use, seal it with exterior polyurethane clear coat.

Old-fashioned Checkerboard Porch

A side or back porch looks attractive with a checkerboard pattern, and the only skill it takes is patience. Choose a white base coat and soft grey for the diamonds or a pale green base with washed-out terra cotta for the design. If you have a very small porch to paint, go whimsical with contrasting brighter colours like turquoise and purple or cream and deep rose pink. Apply the base coat first, and let it dry completely. Create the checkerboard or diamond pattern by drawing a line down the exact centre length of the porch. Measure the centre point, and draw more chalk lines at 1-foot intervals across both the length and width of the porch. Connect the lines to form the diamond shapes, and outline every other shape with painter's tape to keep everything neat. Paint your second colour inside the tape in alternate diamonds. Take the tape off carefully before the paint dries.

Faking It on Concrete

Paint a concrete porch to look like a fabulous carpet or tiles. Ensure the concrete is completely clean and absolutely dry before you seal it and paint. For the design, apply several thin coats of paint to ensure a hard, durable surface. Choose from special concrete paint colours for the best results---a terra cotta for a faux tile floor with grey to outline the fake grouting. Or a simple geometric rug pattern of subtle green, yellow and sienna will go well with the surrounding flowers and foliage of landscaping. You can buy stencils for rug patterns or create your own. For a real work of art, paint the rug design in the centre of the floor, and edge it with fake painted tile. Seal that hard work, and let it dry completely before placing furniture on the porch.

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