I have a lot of cold floors in this house both ascetically and literally. Inside and out I feel like I’m always looking at plain wood or plain concrete. In fact this back porch that we recently converted into a garage has been on my to do list for some sprucing up for a while now.
We had painted it years ago dark brown to match the color of our wood decking and to hide dirt as it was the main entrance to our house. But I always hated it. So during our recent garage construction project I started thinking of ways to make it more appealing. I started out by repainting it gray with some latex porch floor paint. This helps a tremendous amount! But it was still plain and I felt like it just needed a little something. Remember this is the first thing I see when I come home so I want it to make me happy.
The rest of the garage was looking awesome because we had just finished staining the concrete to look like tile. More on the garage floor in an upcoming post. (You can see a previous tutorial of where I stained concrete in our barn here.)
So I wanted to continue the trend right to the door. We couldn’t stain this part of the porch because of the previous brown paint job. I mean I guess we could have stripped all the brown paint off but who in the world wants to do that?!?!?! Not this girl!
I had received two beautiful stencils from Royal Design Studio several weeks ago. One of them I used for a chest of drawers, you can read about it here and the other I had intended to use on a wall for a client. The client project got put on hold but I still really loved the stencil and wanted to show it off. Enter the “lightbulb” moment….yep you guessed it I decide to stencil the porch floor!
I started out by laying the stencil in what was as close to center as possible. I did this because this porch is not square AT ALL (remember our house was built in 1827) and I wanted to have as square a starting point as I could find.
I carefully applied the paint in a circular motion.
And then I held my breath and lifted the stencil……
And oh my goodness I was in LURVE!!!!!! It was fantastic. Exactly what I wanted!!! I literally just sat there in the garage all alone, happy as ever that this was coming together so well. You see I think sometimes it looks like I have a plan. But honestly I rarely ever do. So when things come together during my projects it’s this whew, exhale kinda moment that get’s me through the project.
A few tips on using the stencil for you…
1. Make sure you line up your stencil each time. In this case I had the little circles to line up on the sides or top each time.
2. Make sure not to put too much paint on your brush. If you do your paint can seep through to the bottom and mess up your entire project.
3. Don’t stress about getting an even layer of paint all over. It’s nice to have some variation, this makes it look more hand done and authentic.
All total the stenciling process took me less than an hour.
I love the way the two grays compliment each other. It’s like a his and hers mesh of styles and colors.
Now I’m off to style the built in that Prince Charming and I constructed next. I can’t wait to reveal the whole space to you. I hope you’ll come back over the next few weeks and see all the work we’ve done.