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How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern

Create an octagon design on your front porch

octagon/diamond design on a porch floor
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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.

Download and print out the template here.


Steps // How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern
1 ×

Roll on the Base Coat

 
Step One // How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern

Roll on the Base Coat

the geometric pattern template laid out on the floorboards
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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.

 
2 ×

Outline the Cutouts

 
Step Two // How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern

Outline the Cutouts

outlining the cutouts in pencil
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Starting in one corner, outline the cutouts in pencil.

 
3 ×

Move the Template to Create the Pattern

 
Step Three // How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern

Move the Template to Create the Pattern

moving the template to continue marking the pattern
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Move the template up, aligning its edge with the edge of the octagon cutout so that the corner cutouts form diamonds.

 
4 ×

Tape Off the Octagons and Diamonds

 
Step Four // How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern

Tape Off the Octagons and Diamonds

taping off the octagons and diamonds
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Tape off the octagons and diamonds, keeping the tape outside the pencil lines.

 
5 ×

Paint in the Octagons and Diamonds

 
Step Five // How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern

Paint in the Octagons and Diamonds

painting in the octagons and diamonds
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Using a 1½-inch painter's brush, fill in the octagons and diamonds with a stain in a darker color.

 
6 ×

Remove the Painter's Tape

 
Step Six // How to Paint a Geometric Porch-Floor Pattern

Remove the Painter's Tape

removing the painter's tape
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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

 
 
 

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