How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern
Create an octagon design on your front porch
The narrowness of this space inspired this octagon-and-diamond motif. "The large scale works well," Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, says. "And the homeowners also liked the traditional feeling of the pattern," which is not unlike ones seen in Victorian-era encaustic tile and in floor and ceiling treatments that go back much further. Carter devised a pattern with an octagon across four boards and a diamond the width of one board, all on a single template. He outlined the shapes carefully and used plenty of painter's tape to keep the geometry crisp.
Shown: Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Waterborne Exterior Wood Stain tinted to match Sharkskin 2139-30 and Iron Mountain 2134-30.
Roll on the Base Coat
Roll on the base coat, and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Meanwhile, create a template using the floorboards as a guide; this will do away with the need for chalk lines. The template used here fit within a 22-inch square and measured four floorboards across. The octagon cutout in the center was 13 inches across. The corner cutouts were 4 by 4 by 4 inches.