Grab your favorite drink and settle in. This is a long one! :)
Late last summer we finally had the deck torn out and replaced. Our deck is very long and very large. I was so excited because the old one was splintery, had some serious issues and a color I did not like. Finally, having had the house painted the gray and white I had always wanted, I was thrilled to get the deck redone and co-ordinate with the house. Well............ work started. I was giddy!
To make a long story short, the day it was stained, I was gone. Came home to a deck that was way too dark for my taste. It was supposed to have been a transparent stain that let the beauty of the wood grain show through but that wasn't the case. It was almost like it had been painted a dark brown. I was dismayed!!! ..... to say the least. Short of having it totally torn out again or sanding it down or who knows what, it was a done deal. After I ranted and raved for a few days (ask Bobby G. about that :) and had some serious conversations with the deck contractor boss man and the store where the stain had been bought and mixed, I got down to trying to figure out how to make lemonade from lemons. I needed to break up that huge bowling alley expanse of brown.
I had admired the beautiful techniques other bloggers had done to their porches with hand painted faux rugs. I especially loved a diamond pattern painted floor. It's classic and stands the test of time. This is an one by Holly of Storybook Designs. Gorgeous isn't it?
After searching for a number of weeks for outdoor rugs, I decided painting one was what I would do in a diamond pattern. NOT......try as I might I could not get the pattern to match up. All the measuring in the world just was not working for me. Have I ever told you I am not that brilliant in the math department? :) All I can say is it's a good thing I pencil drew the entire rug first before I started painting. So......... after a day or two of thought, it was on to Plan B. Just paint a square block rug, add a little design to and put a diamond in the middle. I was determined to get my diamond!
How did I do it? Using my table and chairs (vintage .......inherited from my Mother-in-law) as centering pieces, I figured out how big I wanted the faux rug. And simply measured and drew the outline with a pencil, trying to keep an even number of brown boards on each side. I tried the taping method for even painting, but the paint would seep under it, so I find I do a better job by just free hand painting the outside edge with a very good small angle brush. My paint colors: what was leftover from painting and staining the house.
Then, using a small flat nap roller brush, made quick work of filling the square in.
Now here's where it gets very scientific with measuring. :) NOT! See those boards that make up the deck. I used an extra one, leftover from the deck project, as my measuring guide for the rest of the rug, penciling it in and hand painting. No tape measure, no plumb lines, .... easy peasy.
I simply used a square tile I had from another project as my guide for the center diamond, turned on the diagonal and drawing a line from each corner of the dark gray block to find my center point. Our woods are full of beautiful ferns, so for some extra dimension I stenciled on a fern pattern in the middle dark gray block using a hard sponge stamp. That too was leftover from a long ago project.
And there you have it. A cost free outdoor rug. I absolutely love it and it did the job of breaking up all that brown. Everyone who has seen it has commented on it, even the guys! So if you have been contemplating doing something like this, go for it. A Spring sprucing up project for you.
And I so love seeing it when I look out the window :)
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WUW @ Savvy Southern Style
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