Update your patio with paint and painter’s tape. Here’s an easy painted floor runner project you can finish in a weekend.
Can we talk punctuation for a minute?
What happened to the extra space after the end of a sentence?
A sentence that used to look like this. With another sentence after it. With two spaces after the period. Now looks like this. Now everyone types sentences with a single space. Doesn’t it look a little crammed to you? Doesn’t it make your sentence look a little like it forgot something?
Where did the extra space go and why didn’t anyone tell me about it.
Good thing there are still exclamation points!!!!
I needed them for this painted floor runner project.
It all started with the porch.
That wonderful, incredible, sweet-tea-drinking, lazy summer afternoon reading, listening to the crickets in the twilight….
….wrap around front porch.
The challenge was that this farmhouse wrap-around porch came with a busy family and muddy boots and stinky socks topped off with an extra helping of dirt. Keeping a rug clean out here was almost impossible. Or the rug would blow off the porch. Or roll up at the corners.
So I added a painted floor runner instead.
And here’s how I did it.
Step 1: Clean concrete
- Here’s how the porch looked when I started.
- The concrete is painted gray and I added an old church pew from a yard sale and black and white fabrics.
- But it needs a little sweet tea flavor.
- We thoroughly cleaned and washed the concrete to get ready for the next step.
Step 2: Draw out your rug and tape the border
- Here’s the space after we’ve drawn out the rug and laid the tape.
- I wanted my rug to have a 1″ border of black concrete paint and then a checkerboard pattern on the inside with black and white squares.
Step 3: Use the tape as your measuring guide
- The border was easy to measure because we used a single width of tape as our guide.
- It’s important to remember that the tape is outside the edge of the rug. In other words, you want to tape the outside of your pencil line.
Step 4: Paint the border
- Remove the pieces of tape you used as a guide and paint the border of the rug with black concrete paint.
- Peel off the tape immediately to avoid any bleed through.
- Let dry.
Step 5: Paint the center of the rug
- Then re-tape the edges and paint the center of the rug with two coats of white concrete paint.
- Let dry.
Step 6: Tape off center
- Create a checkerboard pattern with FrogTape on the center of the rug.
- Notice the taping pattern.
- For the black squares you tape on the outside. This then creates a pattern for the white squares which are taped on the inside.
- You could add a small x of tape on the squares that are not to be painted.
Step 7: Paint squares black
- Paint the taped-off alternating squares black.
- Peel off the tape immediately to prevent any bleed-through.
- Let dry.
Step 8: Let cure for 48 hours
- Don’t walk on it until you’ve let the concrete paint set.
- Let the painted runner project cure for at least 48 hours.
- No more rolled up corners.
No more dirt (you can just sweep it away).
No more rug blowing off the porch.
Just a welcoming farmhouse porch ready for a good book and plenty of sweet tea.
And a lot of extra spaces. Between the sentences. 🙂
disclosure: this post was written in collaboration with Frog Tape.
All opinions on porches and sweet tea and runners are completely my own.
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