There was a time this summer when I wasn't blogging at all. There actually is a good reason why---I promise! I was completing a BIG project.
I'm in charge of staining the deck every year, and this year, I decided I wanted to paint a faux rug on my deck. Here's how it turned out.
I originally got the idea from Pinterest.
And THIS, my friends, is where my scrapbooking skills----all that painting and inking and splattering on my scrapbook pages--- came in handy.
Step #1: Wash the deck and let it dry for a couple of days. I just use a power washer, no chemicals.
Step #2. Decide what pattern you want. I bought a giant chevron stencil here.
Step #3: Tape off the area you want as a rug.
Step #4, also known as what I learned: I thought I could just lay the stencil down in the taped area and paint directly on it. I was wrong! This stencil is just too big and unwieldy. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but it's not that kind of stencil. So I had to trace my design in the taped area with pencil.
Step #5: I saved a ton of money by mixing together paints I had to achieve the color I wanted. I didn't pay close attention to finishes or interior/exterior.
Step #6: Paint!
Step #7: I used a little bit of brown stain on a rag to "distress" or age it a bit. It was just too white and perfect at first!
Step #8: Put three coats of polyurethane over the "rug" area. Then, when it is all dry (wait a couple of days), tape the rug area again within the boundaries of the rug, and stain the rest of your deck.
It was a big job. I was really hot. But I love the result. And it was cheap---because I used paint I already had, I think it was about $40 for the stencil. Not bad at all! Next summer, I will let you know how it weathered!
Thanks for stopping by today :)