How to Paint a Colorful Carpet on Your Porch Floor
Give your outdoor room a permanent rug design
Stylish outdoor living calls for fresh thinking, and Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, knows just where to focus when a front porch, a screened porch, or a sunroom is at play. "Since more thought is going into furnishings and accessories," he says, "why not look to the floor as a surface that can be treated decoratively too?"
Carter, the mastermind behind the porch-floor design in this story (and the others linked below), says keys to a great paint job include dry, pollen-free weather; paints and stains geared for use on floors; and a soft color palette.
Take the Colorful Carpet design here and on the preceding pages. Warm gray is the backdrop for a modern chain-link design filled with patches of pale orange, blue, and green. Carter used a single template and worked freehand—and, yes, his legs did get sore. "Be sure, each time you sit, to switch them from one side to the other," he says.
Shown: Benjamin Moore's floor and patio latex enamel paint in Copley Gray HC-104 (base coat), Palace White OC-100, Orange Blossom 2168-30, Whipple Blue HC-152, and Georgian Green HC-115.
Prime the Concrete
Prime the concrete, apply the base coat, and let it dry at least 24 hours. Starting at the center, use chalk and a ruler to measure equidistant dotted lines the length of the porch. Here, they were spaced 12 inches apart.