The concrete on our front porch had become bad after living here for 16 years now. The pressure washing didn’t help and neither did any type of bleach cleaner. This is the reason I never really showed my porch on the blog. I just didn’t like it. Not to mention that the typical Pennsylvania style isn’t my thing. Most of the homes in our neighborhood look like this.
I purchased Olympic Rescue It for decks and concrete because it is tintable and you can chose from a large variety of colors. I want to give you an honest review of it and see how it wears over time. I know there is always a chance of it chipping and pealing, especially during our tough winters here. I just hated my porch floor so much that I’m willing to try and it’s not like it’s a large surface. I technically could repaint it every spring right?
I also purchased their recommended cleaner, brushed it on according to their instructions and then pressure washed the entire porch and small walkway. Know it’s odd but I love pressure washing my friends. I had just done our brick patio a couple weekends ago.
So here is another view of the porch after I cleaned it. Lots of stains and discolorations.
If you are wondering what the cable is, it’s part of the landscape lighting which is on my list of things to update this year. It’s old and worn out too and patricianly not working anymore. I’m going to have an outlet box relocated when I have the electrician at my house finally (for the bathroom pendants) and then that cable will move.
And while I was at it, I also removed my lighting because it was dirty and bleached out and gave it a black spray paint makeover.
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Here is my list of supplies:
- Olympic Rescue It and cleaner purchased at Lowes
- a hard bristle brush (very important to get into all the textured parts of the concrete)
- metal paint tray (I like lining mine with garbage bags which makes it easier for cleanup and covering the roller between coats)
- painters tape
- rollers made for really textured surfaces
- A large ruler or straight piece of wood molding
- measuring tape
To be honest I felt like the cleaner was a waste of my money, not because it’s a step you should skip. Definitely not! It’s because it smelled like straight up bleach which it also proofed to be because it ruined the bottom of my sweatpants after pressure washing and you might just be able to buy bleach from the grocery store which is much cheaper to prep your surface with.
I taped areas around the siding that needed to be taped and then painted the permitter of the porch with the hard bristle brush.
After that I rolled the porch with the first coat of paint.
I waited 4 hours and then rolled on the second coat. It’s very important that you pick the right weather for this which it certainly was for me. There was barely any wind, so no dirt and leaves got blown into my wet paint and the temperature was just what they recommend on the paint can. Always make sure you read the manufacturers recommendations on the paint can before starting a project.
When the second coat dried, I figured out the width of the stripes market them and drew them in with a pencil and my large piece of straight molding which served as a ruler for me.
I taped of my lines with tape. And this is where things get interesting and my trick comes in place. A long long time before I started blogging I went to the library and read painting and home improvement books and came across this tip in a book. I can’t remember which book this was though. I wish I could.
The trick is that paint always bleeds under tape, no matter what tape you use even if you use frog tape.
So let it bleed!
Say what? Is she nuts? No I’m not… let it bleed with the same color as the base coat which means that I paint over the line with the same color as the underlying color of paint which in my case was the white. That seals the painters tape and the bleeding isn’t visible because it is the same color!!! Get it?
Then when that bleeding and sealing line is dry paint over it with your next paint color which is my black stripe.
Let me show you again the below close up. You can barely see where the white paint bled through. Can you?
If you do this, you get an ultra crisp line every time. No matter what tape you use and even on very textured concrete like mine.
So here is my before and after of the porch:
I couldn’t be happier. I just love it so so much. Can you see my newly painted black light too? I also have on my list to paint the front door a different color. I think I will use a bright green, similar to that bush which I still want to rip out and replace with a smaller version of the same bush. It’s so overgrown. I can’t see the kids playing when I sit on the porch anymore and I hate that.
I had picked just the right time to paint because now all those pretty blooms are shedding and falling on the porch. It would have been a disaster had it all fallen into wet paint.
You can find a very similar door knocker HERE.
I painted the front door and you can see the new color by clicking HERE.
And I recently found this fabulous umbrella for our back patio at Walmart for $50!!! Not kidding, it’s amazing and even tilts. They are out of stock online (click HERE to see it) but have several left at our local Walmart. It’s from the Better Homes & Garden collection. Check anyways because you just never know and they might have it back in stock. Sometimes you can order online and pick up in store too.
Here is the porch decked out for Christmas (click HERE for tour)
And the porch with Halloween spirit (click HERE)
This all matches my cabana patio makeover post I did last year for Home Depot. But the pop-up cabana doesn’t get used as much because it is usually so windy and ends up being annoying. It sure looks pretty though when we get to use it. (click HERE and HERE to see the post)
Would you consider painting your porch in a bold stripe and do you like the porch as much as I do?
I’ll keep you updated to see how it wears, ok?