Saturday, August 27, 2011

Painted Porch Floor

My friend BJ, from Sweet Nothings was sighing the other day on this post, because she had seen a beautiful painted WOOD porch floor that she loved, and her porch floor was CONCRETE

I told her I would do this blog post just for her, because several years ago when we lived in Florida I used concrete stain to paint my concrete porch floor.

Here is the concrete porch BEFORE I stained it.  I apologize for the poor picture quality.  I took photos of photos...these pictures are from 1999.

And here are the after pictures....

Following the manufacturers instructions we etched our concrete porch floor with muriatic acid (please follow the manufacturers instructions!!).

Then after the concrete was completely dry, I painted the whole porch a taupe color.  Then I applied painters tape where I wanted the "grout" to be, and also where I wanted to paint an "area rug". 

I then applied a coat of white paint over the whole porch - except the center where the "rug" was to be.

When the white paint was dry, I pulled up the painters tape to reveal the "grout".

Finally I stenciled a floral pattern around the "area rug" and free hand painted tassels onto the "rug".  In the picture above you can even see an old crack in the concrete on the right had side.

It actually really look like tile when it was finished.

If you want to try this, just make sure you buy the correct stain/paint for your surface.  Make sure you also prep the surface properly.  Ask at the paint/stain store - if you tell then what you are painting, they should be able to direct you to the right products.

There you go start staining/painting your concrete porch!
Welcome Home,


  1. I love the porch that you painted! It is so beautiful and creative. I have concrete floors inside my house and I painted them with concrete paint, sealed and am loving it. It is on my blog if she would like to see them. Agreeing with ya, there is absolutely no reason the concrete cannot be painted.

  2. How beautiful! WOW! We have a concrete floor in our courtyard that we haven't figured out what to do with yet! This is a great idea! ♥

  3. O MY GOODNESS...Penny this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Just takes my breath away. It sure proves that concrete can be made beautiful.
    Thanks so much for posting this.
    xo bj

  4. How did your knees survive? What a great job though. I would love to do this to my porch floor that is already painted. Maybe in the spring. :o)

  5. That really came out beautifully but I bet it was a labor of love. I'll be watching Bj's to see if she decides to do it. It would be fun to see what she would design.

  6. You are a genius Penny!
    That turned out GREAT!

  7. You did a great job, it really looks beautiful!!!

    I painted a few "area rugs" on the concrete floors of the nursery where I worked. Loved doing it, and just used ordinary latex, and acrylic paint, and sealed it with Varathane. Even with all the walking traffic through the rooms it held up great.

    I can't wait to get our own house one day, and then I can play with my floors...

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  8. Penny, can I get some of your crafty genes? This was beautiful! Wow!

    Maria @ Linen & Verbena

  9. What a great post! So concrete stain, I presume, is durable?! Really do love what you did; the faux rug is fabulous!!

  10. Wow - What a gorgeous floor! You are really an outstanding artist! Beautiful. Linda

  11. How gorgeous Penny. What a transformation. It's so interesting what's being done with concrete today, even including kitchen counters.

  12. That porch you stained and stenciled is definitely a WOW job!!! Just gorgeous!

  13. There are a lot of us with concrete where we might like wood, and this post will be filed for future projects all over!

  14. You did a beautiful job Penny! It's amazing what you can do with a little paint and a brush and for very little expense too!

  15. What a fantastic job you did on the porch floor. It really dresses it up.

  16. Who would have thought? We finally tiled over our concrete porch. This is beautiful, Penny.

  17. I remember you painting a concrete patio or porch Penny. It really does look so much better painted and I love the rug you added:>)