Our floor is not smooth by any means. The Roommate did some sanding, but we knew that it was not going to be like the hardwood floors inside our house.
First we bought a big overall stencil (about the size of Gertie's, but not as detailed). And it looked like heck, to say the least. Besides proving very frustrating for the Roommate who was doing it on his summer vacation.
Because the porch floor is 4" x 2" beams, each one is cupped. Also, because it's 14' long, they bend a bit towards the center. Which means paint, no matter how thick, just runs everywhere because you can't get the stencil to lie flat.
So he painted over that stencil-work. And I kept trying to figure out a way to conquer this non-flat floor.
Finally about 2 weeks ago, it dawned on me! Narrow stencils! So we got online & started looking at the various stencil sites. We never did find one we liked that was narrow, but we found the next best thing--a pattern that was narrow. And surprise surprise, it's an Africa-inspired design! I really wanted it to look like we have a carpet out there.
If you check out the page for the stencil, you'll see that they used 3 colors--which looks amazing. But we only did 2 (mostly because we were using up paint from other projects, like our kitchen walls & trim). It took a lot of work (mostly because I hate sitting on the floor). But we are extremely pleased!
We have put one coat of
What do you think?
UPDATE! Here's the Roommate enjoying coffee out there; it's done & looks amazing.