It feels so darn good to have a project done and off of our plates! And a new space to enjoy! One of the things we wanted to accomplish in 2017 was to finish off our back deck. I use the term “deck” somewhat loosely—this is actually a large concrete pad that we built a fence/railing around to create an outdoor living area. We won’t get to the furniture stage until next year, but it’s stained and painted and ready for enjoying. We hosted a party here a few weeks ago and it’s the perfect space, especially with all the shade provided by the tree.
If we go back to last year, here is what it looked like:
And now it looks like this!
(Gaaaah…. we need furniture!)
I’ve done two posts on this space already—there’s this one on designing/building the fence and then a second one about staining the fence using a sprayer.
Today’s post is all about painting the floors. There’s two reasons why I wanted to paint the floors of this deck space: 1.) the concrete had become stained from falling leaves and pinecones and 2.) I wanted this space to look and feel like a true living space, separate from the driveway. The driveway drops right into this deck area, so using floor paint to make them look like different spaces felt like a good idea.
Here’s a look at the floor in the deck area before it got painted—just raw concrete, the same exist color and texture as the driveway.
Painting floors is by far my favorite DIY job. It’s so easy! I used a thicker nap—3/4″—on a regular roller and it went on like a dream. The Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel goes on like butter. My only gripe there is the cost! It’s about $60 a gallon! That being said, getting this done during one of their 40% off sales was imperative.
While I was at it, I gave this long, low planter a new paint job. If you look a few pictures up, you can see it was a light gray color… it needed some contrast against the cedar and painted concrete, so RustOleum’s Dark Walnut Satin spray paint was just the thing.
Yay for a new living space. We are out here ALL THE TIME. My parents got my kids that cute cedar playhouse and it’s the perfect place to play, chat, talk. The local high school football field is a few houses behind us, and our elevated deck provides the perfect view of the field. So darn cozy in the fall to sit here and listen to the games and the announcer—one of my favorite things about this house and this neighborhood.
Happy Monday everyone! Are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m @gohausgo! I share so much more over there, and more often!