With the holiday weekend fast approaching you may want start thinking about a quick weekend project for an old tired concrete surface. I had originally painted my back porch floor in 2006, however I had chosen a light color which ended up not working very well for me with regard to keeping it clean. The constant mud and dirt coming up onto the porch from kids, dogs and husband, was enough to drive me nuts. So this year I decided to repaint it only this time I was going to out smart the whole lot of them by painting it a darker color.
The first time I painted the floor the paint was literally sucked up by the concrete, so I had to put down 3 coats. This time I did not have that problem. I went ahead and repainted the porch in the leftover color I had from when I originally painted it. The porch paint is from Home Depot and the color is called "Gathering Place". Then I taped off my space using regular old masking tape. I measured in 12 inch increments. (Above photo)
Using a natural sponge and some paint on a paper plate, I dabbed on and blended together a dark brown and battleship grey porch paint purchased from Walmart. The Walmart paint is about half of the price as the Home Depot version, but since this floor is protected by a roof and trees, I was able to get away with using the lesser quality paint. If your porch is exposed I would recommend using the better grade paint.
I let it dry over night and then I pulled off the masking tape to reveal my new porch floor.
The darker paint definitely helps to camouflage any dirt brought up onto the porch. All I do is either vacuum or broom sweep to keep the floor clean. The paint actually protects the floor from stains which would occur whenever food or drink was dropped onto the bare concrete.
And I love it!!!
One more tip...if your concrete is porous as mine is, you will have no problems with the paint adhering and staying on the surface. However if you have a smooth concrete surface, you may want to use a sealer to keep the paint from peeling off during heavy use.
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