How to Paint Oversize Blossoms on Your Porch Floor
Decorate your outdoor sanctuary with a large floral design
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.