Though the floorboards on this porch were scratched and dinged, Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, was glad to have what he calls a built-in ruler. "I've learned to coordinate patterns with plank width so that I can count across. It saves time measuring," he says, "and the rhythm of the planks can reinforce the design." Here, board width guided placement of two templates: a four-petal blossom the width of six boards, and an oval two boards wide. Carter alternated their placement from row to row, yielding a pattern that contrasts with the window and door grids while warming up the space.

Shown: Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Waterborne Exterior Wood Stain tinted to match Northwood Brown 1000 (base coat) and Alexandria Beige HC-77.

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    Tools List

    • roller tray
      Paint tray
    • roller frames
    • paint roller with extension
      Roller pole
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      1½-inch painter's brush
    • scissors
    • chalk

    Shopping List

    Exterior stain, tinted. Get 1 gallon each of a base color and a contrasting color

    Heavy paper or posterboard

    Roller cover (¼-inch nap for wood)