Thursday, July 30, 2009

Faux Painting the Patio

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. Today, I'm hooked on our little patio. I'm also participating in my second Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!

We never go out there but it is a decorating opportunity. Gordon made us realize our bedroom overlooks a "driveway." It could actually look good and make our bedroom look better. As Tara Dillard would say, it will create a "vanishing threshold" that brings inside out and outside in.

Here it is after 18 years in the woods - 155" by 60" about 65 square feet.

After the pressure wash:

Here is the pattern. Thanks to Dave (best math guy I know) for sending it to me. The problem was how to get full "tiles" along the width between door and the edge,
Tiles will be in 3 "whole" rows.
Tiles will be yellow and red.
There will be a 2" black border.
"Grout lines" will be 1 1/2" black (change our mind on this).

Here are the colors: They complement our bedroom. The aren't matches but we have yellows and reds scattered about the room.

This is all very bright but the theory is the colors will fade behind the leafy, dirty, dusty layer of outdoor stuff get's on there. This is in fact what has happened.

Benjamin Moore Floor and Patio Paint, oil based.
2020-30 "Sparkling Sun"

Yellow faux tiles.

2007-20 "Sly Cherry"

Red faux tiles.

"Black"The faux grout
We didn't need it.

I had to use the Pythagorean theorem to figure out the dimensions. (Fortunately I went to Ga Tech and had a calculator that could do square roots. That was easy enough but laying it out gave me a headache. I drew two sets of pencil lines, both wrong. Finally #1 son helped me do it with masking tape and I was good to go.

Here it is after one coat with masking tape is still on. I think one coat is enough; we're trying to be a bit outdoorsy-rustic.

We don't need to paint the grout lines. The old concrete is perfect as is. Removing the tape was the most pleasant painting experience I've ever had. Look at those edges, corners and even tiles.
Please notice the all important Deep Woods Off. As my brother Kenny says, "it's a little buggy out there."

Here it is in it's grimy goodness, I scrub it a little each spring:


Here is our somewhat vanishing threshold. I can't really show you all the stuff in the the bedroom that pulls the colors (green carpet with black, brownish, reddish, yellowish) and the textures.




This is the ancient view:

Y'all are so nice to come by

Here is thy way back to the Hooked on Houses "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look

If you are more ambitious about painting smoother concrete, here is an amazing painted "rug" at the Academy Theater in Atlanta's Avondale Estates.

Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. Great job, it looks so great in the black & white photo. What a lovely space :D Deb

  2. Wow! Great job.

    BTW - my hubby went to GT.


  3. Looks great!! And definitely no need to paint black grout lines, the gray concrete is perfect :-)

    I love all the windows and the French doors i you bedroom. And such a lovely view :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  4. I love how it goes with the colors on the inside of the house. What a clever and unique idea for a patio.

  5. I am visiting via Hooked on Houses. It is such fun to see your floor.

    Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  6. Wow...I didn't know you were so....sooo....mathematical! Quite impressed with your logic and your creativity! What a combo! :)

  7. Great job Terry! I am all about bringing the outdoors in and linkage through form, line, color and texture! GREAT JOB! Even if you don't use it, it still is very inviting, isn't it!

  8. Hi Terry. Love the patio. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

  9. Terry,
    Thanks for stopping by. I love what I see here and will definitely be a frequent visitor. Have a great weekend.
    Janet @ Housepeepers

  10. Wow! Love this and how wonderful it turned out, so very creative! Cindy

  11. That was very nice a huge change indeed!



  12. Terry, I notice that patio last week and forgot to mention it in my comment. I'm so glad you featured it this week! I love it! Looks like mosaic tiles! So glad you left the concrete for the grout lines! I love painted concrete. Job well done. Bravo!


  13. I love it! I don't guess "free hand" would work??--the math part made my head hurt :)

  14. Hi Terry,
    I love what you did !
    Hugs, Kammy

  15. I love the painted exterior slab and I've got the perfect concrete slab to paint too!

    Great job!

  16. I hadn't mentioned this cute, little area in commenting on your last post, but I had thought it was a most clever and well-done idea! So creative!

    Susan S.

  17. This looks great and what a nice addition.
    Thx for sharing it on Met Monday. I sure enjoy what is shared.
    Blessings to you from Kansas,

  18. I am totally impressed! What wonderfully cheerful colors and the "artwork" is fantastic! Good job, girl!

  19. How nice to have a finished space right outside your room.

  20. Despite the uni-sex name, I'm a boy.

  21. Wow! That looks great! We did something similar a few years ago on our whole back porch, just used two colors, a tan base color, then added the paint tape, sponged a goldy color on top, then removed the tape! (I think this is how it was!) Anyway it turned out really good, is still good after several pressure cleanings. The diagonal squares are 12 inches.

    Thanks for sharing - lots of fun!


  22. Wow! What a great way to greet and end the day!

  23. HOW did I miss this post? this is fabulous!!

  24. This is stunning. I would of never come up with something some magical. I love it-- and how you created a little retreat!! Thanks for sharing.

  25. this is fabulous i love the window the furniture, keep up your good work jerry :) Wind spinners

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