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.

 
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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.

 
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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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