One of the issues I've had with the porch is keeping it clean of dust, pollen, and food (we eat out there quite a bit). In particular, the rug we had under the table would catch everything in it's weave. It was also impossible to slide chairs in and away from the table without snagging the rug. It would be so much easier if there was just one surface and I could hose it down when needed. So I decided to paint a rug on the porch. Here are the steps:
1. Scrap and sand the floor to prep it for primer.
2. Then I painted the whole floor white. White is not a good color for a porch, you will see all the dirt, but any others color would be hot underfoot because we cut down the trees along the side of the house so now our porch gets lots of sun in morning and evening. Also if you paint the floor, besides dirt, chairs will scrape the paint off. I decided to polyurethane the floor when I was done to give it a hard finish that could be hosed off.
3. Next I had to measure and tape off the size rug that I wanted. I had to decide whether the rug would be centered on the floor or centered with the screened wall. I centered it on the floor.
5. Now for the paint. I put on three coats. The paint looks yellow in the sunlight and lime green at night.
6. Next I removed the tape and thought about what sort of pattern I wanted. After much thought and research, I decided on the quickest route to completion, stencils.
7. I chose a simple border at each end and a larger center medallion. The quickest way to find the center of a rectangle is string.
8. I had to create the center medallion by combining three different stencils.
It didn't. It looks like I dumped weak coffee water all over the floor. The only way to fix that would be to sand the whole floor and start all over. I don't have time for that. M says it looks like I antiqued the floor and that it won't be so noticeable once all the furniture is on the porch. Oh well, no time for regrets, have to move on to the next project.