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How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave

Create a interwoven design on your outdoor space

big-block basketweave design on a porch floor
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

To enhance this concrete floor, Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, blew up a traditional brick pattern. He began with a base coat of charcoal-gray-tinted concrete sealer, then marked off the largest square possible, snapping a chalk line between two opposite corners. He then drew 2-foot squares coming off the diagonal. Each square became two alternating block-like rectangles, which he outlined with concrete sealer tinted pale gray. The pattern's diagonal orientation seems to stretch the length of the room while contrasting with the organic shapes of the stones in the fireplace surround and the stairs just outside.

Shown: H&C Concrete Sealer Solid Color (H&C Concrete) tinted to match Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal HC-166 and Revere Pewter HC-172.


Steps // How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave
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Roll on the Base Coat

 
Step One // How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave

Roll on the Base Coat

snapping a chalk line
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Roll on the base coat, and allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Use a chalk line to mark off a diagonal line. If the floor is a perfect square, snap the chalk line from two opposite corners. If it is not, measure a square within the space, and snap a line between the opposing corners.

 
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Mark 2-Foot Increments

 
Step Two // How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave

Mark 2-Foot Increments

marking 2-foot increments using chalk and a yardstick
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Use a yardstick and chalk to mark off 2-foot increments along the diagonal line.

 
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Draw 2-Foot Squares

 
Step Three // How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave

Draw 2-Foot Squares

drawing 2-foot squares using chalk and a yardstick
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Use the yardstick and chalk to draw 2-foot squares coming off the diagonal in both directions. You should end up with an angled grid covering the entire space.

 
4 ×

Divide the Squares

 
Step Four // How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave

Divide the Squares

dividing squares into 1x2-foot rectangles for a basketweave pattern
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Using the yardstick and chalk, divide one square into two horizontal 1-by-2-foot rectangles.

 
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Repeat the Pattern for a Basketweave

 
Step Five // How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave

Repeat the Pattern for a Basketweave

the finished basketweave pattern marked out in chalk
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Divide the next square, this time with a vertical line. Repeat to create a pattern of alternating blocks, or a traditional brick basketweave.

 
6 ×

Paint the Lines

 
Step Six // How to Paint a Porch Floor With Big-Block Basketweave

Paint the Lines

painting the basketweave pattern
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Using a ½-inch flat artist's brush, paint over the lines with a lighter shade. Don't worry about making perfect lines—this neatly angled pattern calls for an artisanal touch. Remove stray chalk lines with a damp sponge.

 
 
 

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