It’s kind of version 3 actually because it’s the third time I’ve painted the door, although only the second time I’ve spruced up the porch, so we’ll go with v2.
Let me tell you what sparked this makeover idea. I was out in the porch the other day, looked down at the matting that was under my feet and thought to myself, ‘I wonder what’s under that?’ Lifted it up and to my delight I found a concrete floor! Yes, I thought, I’m going to stencil that!!
I had a look at the stencil masters that are Dizzy Duck Designs website and chose a stencil I loved, which happened to be the Verona design. Apparently not a very popular stencil according to their sales, but that didn’t bother me one bit because I loved it and knew it would work well in the space.
Whilst ‘impatiently’ waiting for the stencil to arrive I got a head start by painting the front door and prepping, priming and painting the porch floor.
As the door already had eggshell paint on it with a little sheen, I gave it a quick sand down.
I then raided my paint cupboard as I have A LOT of leftover paint and found a lovely blue eggshell paint that I’d previously used in our utility room.
I gave the door 3 coats of paint for a nice opaque look.
Then I made a start on the floor.
Once I’d lifted the matting up, I gave the concrete a thorough clean. There were bugs, dirt, stones and all sorts under there… gross!
Once nice and clean I applied two coats of multi-purpose primer and then two coats of white emulsion paint.
It wasn’t long before the stencil arrived and I couldn’t wait to begin!
I used the same eggshell paint as I’d used on the door and another green emulsion I found in the cupboard and then gently brushed them on over the top of the stencil to create a tile effect.
When stencilling the key is not to have too much paint on your paint brush, otherwise you end up with bleed.
It is hard to avoid and my stencilling definitely isn’t perfect, but I’m ok with that, perfect is boring anyway!
When you buy a stencil from Dizzy Duck Designs they include 2 full sized stencils and then 2 corner pieces for awkward areas.
Once I’d stencilled the floor I moved on to the step, which was the hardest bit.
I had to bend the stencil around the curve of the step which was a bit tricky but not impossible. I found that masking tape was a god send for this area as it held the stencil in place.
Once I’d finished all of the stencilling I grabbed my white paint and a little brush and just corrected a few areas where the paint had bled or smudged.
Once everything was dry, I applied two coats of lacquer using a sponge roller.
Once the lacquer had dried and it was safe to walk on, I added some greenery and accessories to the shelves to inject some life to the space.
Here is my finished porch…
I hope you have enjoyed this makeover but before I go, I must add that I have been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award for ‘best creative skill’ blog and would really love for you to vote for me please. Click this link to vote (it takes literally 30 seconds) as I’d really appreciate it, thank you.
Until next time,