I’m painting the porch.
Well….actually I’m painting the cement floor of the porch to make it look like a rug.
I wish I could tell you that it has been easy or that it only took an afternoon or that stencils and porch paint worked seamlessly together.
But I can’t.
It has been an arduous journey.
I’ll keep you posted.
And until I figure it out…..here’s a little porch project that I did last year that was much more successful.
How to Paint Striped Porch Steps
Paint for front porch steps : $34.70
Paintbrush to paint front porch steps: $6.97
Totally transforming your front porch steps for $41.67 while wearing these:
I think my favorite thing about my new porch steps is that I went all Genevieve Gorder and painted them wearing giant silver hoop earrings.
Actually…..I think I was one step away from cork wedges and a pair of leopard skinny jeans.
Design Star would have been so proud.
Step 1: Discover Debbie’s blog featuring Debbie and her amazing painted stairs
Immediately decide that Debbie is one of the premier stair painters on the planet.
E-mail Debbie and ask her all kind of questions about stair painting.
Marvel at her patience and understanding.
Step 2: Paint steps and porch with base paint
Wait for it to dry.
Walk on it before it’s dry.
Touch up and try to curb your impatience by watching Duck Dynasty.
Step 3: Determine how wide you want your runner to be
My front steps measure 9′ 9″.
I measured in two feet from each side, which means the entire width of my runner (including the stripe) is 5′ 9″.
I marked the two feet down the side and lined up three pieces of Frog tape.
Debbie used a DVD movie case to measure her stripes.
The girl is brilliant, I tell you.
Step 4: The best stripe painting tip EVER
After I taped down three pieces of tape, I just peeled up the middle piece of tape, leaving a perfectly spaced stripe…..without ever having to measure.
I’m not sure where I read this tip.
If you told me this tip or I read it on your blog, my perfectly spaced stripes applaud you.
Or it could have been just the giant silver hoops whispering in my ear.
Step 5: The second best stripe painting tip EVER
Paint a strip of the base coat to seal the edges of the tape.
Then paint the area between the pieces of tape and the center of the stairs with a lighter paint color than your base color.
For example, my base color was a light gray.
I painted my runner with a cream concrete paint for contrast.
Step 6: Peel back the tape
I did it right away while the lighter paint was still wet.
Pull it slowly back towards you for a clean crisp edge.
Here’s what my finished steps looked like after I painted them!
Total front step transformation brought to you by Debbie and a pair of giant silver hoops 🙂