Painted Deck… The Tutorial
Finally!! Here are the ins & outs on how I created our stenciled floor for the Home Depot Patio Challenge this year. There are probably a zillion different ways this could have been accomplished, but this is how I did it.
First things first… Why a painted pattern?!
We had a plain old run of the mill stained deck previously which was absolutely fine. We had our stenciled area rug on top of that. The rug held up like a champ! But the only problem was, when it rained, the rug stayed wet for days. And here in the south, during the summer, it typically showers once a day… you catching my problem.
I knew I wanted something on the floor do add some interest & once I saw this image I knew this was it!
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I tired being all original & creative to come up with my own pattern, but I just kept coming back to this pattern, so why reinvent the wheel right?!?
I laid out my patterns in CAD (I have it, so I used it!) this could also be done by sketching your pattern out on some graph paper. This helped me determine the optimum size of the motifs as well as spacing them out so there would not be a lot of awkward cutoff areas. It also worked out perfectly that we didn’t have to paint around our Cinder Block Planter… because that puppy ain’t moving!
Once I had my sizes determined (roughly 40″x40″) I needed a large enough piece of cardboard to sketch the design on. I ended up using a water heater box that conveniently died while this was going on. I free handed the motifs on the cardboard as I liked the organic feel of the inspiration image.
Once my motifs were drawn I cut the pattern out using a box cutter. Ta Da!
Starting with a clean deck (aka removing as much pollen as possible!) I traced each of the motifs in place using a pencil. I then painstakingly filled in each of them by hand using an Oil Based Porch & Floor Paint in Gloss. This can be found at any Home Improvement store. (It doesn’t require a primer btw!) Due to the uneveness of the deck & all of the slats I decided this would be the way to go vs a traditional stencil… call me crazy!
Each of the motifs took two coats to get full coverage. The second coat went on much faster than the first, but I did have to wait 24 hours between each coat… love & hate oil based paint. Great durability! But also crazy stinky & takes forever to dry.
I literally did one or two motifs a day during nap time… So it took about two weeks to complete. But if you have the time & better yet a partner this could easily be knocked out in a weekend.
Sealer… I actually haven’t sealed it yet! WHAT?!?! I have been waiting for it to get a bit chippy first as that is the look I am going for. Knowing full & well that paint on a deck is going to chip, I am letting it happen. That being said, I am so impressed with how it has held up so far! Through nasty rain, freezing & warm temps… so far so good.
For reference, our Deck was stained using Cabot Semi Solid Stain in Cordovan Brown & the Porch & Floor Paint was standard Gloss White… no special mixing or formula required!
Looks incredible! Great idea!
This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!
I'm amazing that you freehanded it – and how it's held up- just beautiful!!!
Have a great weekend,
I just love your patio and the flooring is the icing on the cake. So jealous!
Oh my goodness I love this! I am pinning 🙂
Oh girl! I love this! I have been waiting for you to post the tutorial! Fabulous job! Your inspiration photo has been one of my favorites for a while now. I noticed half of the pattern is on the floor of the Chairloom studio. Maybe they know where it originated…? Have you seen their floor?
I just saw that this morning, also! Kristin shows a third indoor space. All three are beautiful. Can't wait do do it on my deck!
It looks like the stencils for Chairloom were created by Ilene Pearlman. Here is the remodelista link: http://www.remodelista.com/posts/diy-dramatic-floor-stencils
Gorgeous Kristin!! I love this space, Pinning 🙂
I love that you hand painted the shape on the cardboard.
I love it! Such a great idea.
Love it Kristin! I too have that original photo in my inspiration files. I think this pattern would look awesome on an indoor concrete floor too!
I'm a new reader to your blog and love it. I thought your outdoor project was THE best of the Home Depot blogger projects for Apron. Really like your stencil deck. Are there any stencils one can buy for this pattern for those of us who are not freehand drawing experts. Many thanks Sorry I don't know how to select profile as I'm not a techie so I'll just go as anoymous
Thanks! & Welcome 🙂 There is not a ready made stencil available for this pattern that I am aware of, especially at this size.
What a great how to! Definately a way to make a plain ole deck interesting. I bet its a real talking point now 🙂
I cant wait to build our deck, we've just put in a doorway from the dining room that will lead onto a deck … except the deck hasnt been built yet!
Wow, your floor looks amazing! I've always loved that inspiration photo too, so gorgeous!
I love this! Might try it on my beat up front porch!
This is just beautiful. I think it will look awesome once it's chipped and worn in too! I'm visiting from Inspired Living link party.
Stunning! Pinning for a later project!
Everything you touch turns to gold!! I seriously love this big dose of pattern!
This is lovely! I think I might have enough room to do this on my deck but where do you put your grill?
Nice post. thanks for sharing this here with us.