A tired painted porch floor receives a fresh look.
Yes, it is always good to know how to create artistic background patterns!
To complete a task, such as the one featured, patience is in order since it requires multiple layers of colored paint as well as several consecutive days reserved in order to complete it. A floor of 25 L x 11W is no small task!
Below you see the contrast between old and new during the first stage of new paint application.
To begin, all of the old lines needed to be taped off.
FYI If there are no previous lines, then one can create a pattern while taping. Since the tape is easily removed, it is easy to adjust the pattern. A natural stone pattern is the desired faux look for this floor.
1. The first layer is a taupe color. I rolled this on directly over the tape. One layer.
2. Shadows are added by mixing taupe color with a small amount of black pigment and this mixture is daubed on- meaning here and there.
3. To warm up the developing color theme, I lightly applied a rust paint color in selected spots. Not too much.
4. When these base layers are dry to the touch, it is time to carefully brush on a darker shade of choice. As shown below.
By now, the masking tape will be completely covered by the many layers of paint.
5. Reintroduce the taupe and after, a touch of the rust color paint marbleized with the taupe. All applied with a sponge. The goal is to soften or break up the hard brush edges.
6. Wait until the floor paint is dry to the touch before removing the tape = that will be after the final paint coat (you decide when that is). To check the progress- peal back a section of the tape to assess to look. If more blending / layering is needed stick the tape back over the same area.
The finished floor has a slightly satin sheen.
Porch paint is durable. A clear top coat is optional. Variegated textures, such as this one, will age gracefully under regular traffic and wear.
The walls are partially painted with the same taupe base color. The wood trim is cream and in progress. I will post a final image when all is done.
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