2.16.2013

My Painted Faux Porch Rug

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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39 comments :

Chris said...

Oh Lynn, I so understand just how you felt when you saw that deck stained. Shocked, speechless, angry, frustrated, tearful and all the rest that follows. Went thru the same thing when all the wrong color appliances were installed and bath fixtures (tubs, showers, sinks & toilets) by the builder. I had specified all white and he said "but everyone wants stainless steel and (different colors) in the bathrooms". NOT ME!! He fought me tooth and nail to avoid changing it all out and only relented when I told him he could live in it because I wasn't paying him. Even tho it was all finally corrected it took a large piece of the joy out of the whole process.
Your deck rug is lovely..and you didn't need math!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Great solution... very nice, and what a view. Wow!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Great Job!! It looks great and you never have to shake it out!! Perfect.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Great Job! It looks beautiful and you never have to shake it out! Perfect.

Blondie's Journal said...

I can imagine how you felt when you saw the deck in the not so wanted much stain. Gulp! But I have to hand it to you, you did a fantastic job on the painted rug. I would have given up several times as I encountered the problems you did. And I don't think hubby would have given me a paint brush...but then again I suppose Bobby G was in the dog house! lol!

Beautiful! I'm smiling!

XO,
Jane

Anne said...

Beautiful Lynn!Just think if that mistake had not happened you would not have that beautiful faux rug! It looks so real! This is the prettiest deck I have ever seen!LOVE those fern stencils too!
xx
Anne

Junkchiccottage said...

Lynn,
This is really great. I love that. I am going to do this on my deck this summer. It is super cute. I have a lot of flowers on my deck and the outdoor rugs get soak and hardly last so this would be a good solution. Thanks for the inspiration.
Kris

Beverly said...

OMG! I would have blown a fuse. They wouldn't have been able to stand me.

But, look at your fabulous solution. That looks so good, Lynn.

Stacey said...

Wow that is a big deck! I bet you have wonderful times out there. The rug you've painted looks fantastic.

Betsy Brock said...

wow...what a great idea!~ it looks just wonderful!

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- That looks GREAT!!! You did a wonderful job. I tried painting a harlequin pattern on a bathroom wall one time and finally gave up-and I am GOOD at math-lol Some things are just not meant to be- but yous looks wonderful!!! xo Diana

Old Time Cindy said...

Brilliant & Beautiful!!!

Pam said...

That turned out great! I have the hardest time with deck stain. It is NEVER what I think it's going to be, but normally by the time it fades in the sun a season I can live with it. You have a beautiful view!

Shirley said...

Genius! yup..you my lady are a genius..guess you know exactly how to make lemonaid from lemons..this is so beautiful that it makes the darker stain look fabulous!! well done..

Holly Browning said...

Your painted rug looks wonderful! You also have a beautiful view to look at from your deck.

Pendra said...

Sweet lemonade! Maybe it was meant to be that the stain was too dark, because you would never have thought to paint your beautiful rug! Life works in mysterious ways...
~Pendra

Maureen said...

I tried painting a diamond pattern on my bedroom floor and never could get it right either. You rug looks fabulous and the dainty ferns are such a nice touch!

SueAnn Lommler said...

You did a fabulous job...my fav is the fern stampings...really adds texture.
Hugs
SueAnn

Schnookums said...

What a terrific solution! Your idea kept the solution from being overwhelming and it looks great! Anything else would have been too much.

{oc cottage} said...

this is the coolest thing!!! love it!

m ^..^

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I know you have wanted your deck rebuilt for a while and I bet you were disappointed to see the stain color. Painting the rug was a great idea and it looks wonderful! Enjoy our new space.
xx, Sherry

Tete said...

I love your rug...and I love the deck. I really like the dark stain and its about time for us to do ours. I want to paint the top parts white, but stain the floor dark. I can't wait to see if it looks as good as yours.

Gabriela Delworth - Training Specialist and Designer said...

Hello Lynn,

It's been a long time...
Love your deck! What an awesome project.

Your new blog banner is fabulous!

How are you?


Gabriela

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, you must have been so mad! That is a fabulous fix! I love it, I think you did even better than lemonade!

Carol

Penny said...

I love it! Your deck is great and I love your view.

All About Vignettes said...

Hi Lynn, I totally understand ranting and raving about the dark stain. I would have had the same reaction. Your solution is perfect. It brightens up the space and the color ties in with the planters on the deck. It looks good. And, let me tell you that you made a good decision when you decided not to do the checkerboard. I did a diamond checkerboard on my garage floor and it is tedious and time consuming. Your deck looks good. You'll be ready for summer barbeques once this cold snap disappears. I can't wait for Spring.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

So beautiful! I pinned this as I have a free-standing deck with a gazebo attached and after three summers/winters, it's going to need a sprucing up. Did you apply a clear coat of some kind afterward?

Kelly said...

What a great idea! We're about to build a deck and I may have to do something like this too. I actually don't mind the dark stain, but I know how frustrating it is when you don't get what you were expecting, especially when you're paying for it! Way to make lemonade out of lemons!

Laurel Stephens said...

What a clever and beautiful solution!

the cape on the corner said...

this looks great!

Suzan Sweatman said...

How perfect that I found this post today!
I'm painting my bedroom floor white and looking for a carpet pattern to paint on!
What a beautiful job you did!
Hugs,
Suzan

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

You make everything fabulous ! Of course that view doesn't hurt LOL
(())

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a great solution! I love how your painted rug turned out.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I wish we could tear ours down and start over. I need to paint my floor like you did. Great idea.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lynn,
Sometimes mistakes happen for a good reason and this is one of them...your DIY painted rug looks GREAT!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Lynn,
I'm just now seeing your lovely faux painted rug porch. I love it! It really makes a nice space for the table and chairs, looks just perfect.

Babs said...

Lynn, Oh, how I LOVE your deck rug! I've thought of doing this on our deck, but just never did, and now you've inspired me to do it this year. Your rug looks fantastic! Great job and tutorial.

Dandelion Ridge said...

This looks great! I actually love this idea...I have an outdoor rug and I hate it..When it rains everything drys off except the rug!!! This is the perfect solution...Definitely doing this!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That is genius! It looks great too. :)

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