How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor

Give your outdoor space large stripes

broad band design on a porch floor
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

To soften the look of a porch bound in brick, Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, united the floor and walls with a base coat of gray-tinted exterior stain. Adding wide bands of stain in a contrasting color on the floor adds definition to the space, Carter says. And because the bands cut across the floor's horizontal grout lines, mirroring the lines of the paneled ceiling above, the pattern also makes this small outdoor room seem larger.

Shown: Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Waterborne Exterior Stain tinted to match Sharkskin 2139-30 (base coat) and Iron Mountain 2134-30.


Steps // How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor
1 ×

Put Down the Base Coat

 
Step One // How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor

Put Down the Base Coat

marking band distances with chalk and a tape measure
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Put down the base coat, and allow it to dry at least 24 hours. Measure the width of the porch, and choose a width for the bands that will allow an even number across the floor. Use a tape measure and chalk to mark them off.

 
2 ×

Draw the Lines

 
Step Two // How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor

Draw the Lines

drawing lines with chalk and a yardstick
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Use a yardstick and chalk to draw the lines.

 
3 ×

Tape the Bands

 
Step Three // How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor

Tape the Bands

taping next to the chalk lines
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Tape off the bands, placing the tape consistently outside the bands you are about to paint.

 
4 ×

Paint the Bands

 
Step Four // How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor

Paint the Bands

painting the broad bands
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Fill a tray with stain tinted in a contrasting shade, and use a roller to paint every other band.

 
5 ×

Remove the Tape

 
Step Five // How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor

Remove the Tape

removing the tape from the painted broad bands
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

When the stain is almost dry and a bit tacky, gently pull up the tape at an angle.

 
6 ×

Erase the Chalk Lines

 
Step Six // How to Paint Broad Bands on Your Porch Floor

Erase the Chalk Lines

removing a stray chalk line with a damp sponge
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Remove stray chalk lines with a damp sponge.

 
 
 

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