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Use existing porch floor planks as a guide for painting the stripes with wear-resistant exterior paint for a customized design.
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Select a combination of colors that complements your home’s exterior siding and porch furniture. A sorbet-theme palette complements the retro-look porch furniture shown. (Other possible color combinations are shown in the next section.) Then select which colors to emphasize by painting wider stripes.
Plan your rug by laying out the stripes on graph or lined paper, labeling each color as you go.
Prepare the porch floor by removing chipped or peeling paint with a wire brush and scraper. Sand the surface and feather the paint edges; then wipe clean.
Measure and mark off the dimensions of the rug on your porch. Use painter’s tape to outline the perimeter and check the corners with a carpenter’s square.
Prime bare wood and let dry for 24 hours. Sand and repeat if necessary. Using the plank edges as guides, paint strips the colors of your choice. After the paint dries overnight, add a second coat. Allow the final coat to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendations before walking on or washing your completed porch rug.
Instead of the sorbet-theme color palette, you can choose your own combination or use one of these. The tropical-theme palette, for example, has a breezy, island feel with vivid pink and green.
Warm blues and sunny yellow star in the nautical-theme palette.
Earthy browns and greens add an organic feel to the natural-theme palette.