The Porch Floor Gets a Facelift

Although we haven’t been doing a ton of house projects lately – we’re in the throes of the dog days of summer, are we not? – we have been making quite a lot of headway on our porch.

I want our porch to become a cozy hangout place. While it’s too small to use for major entertaining, I can see us using it on summer and fall nights, or drinking my morning coffee on the weekends.

Something like this:


The floorboards of our porch were barn red. They were cute in their own way, but boy-oh-boy were they in need of a paint job.

We picked up a can of Valspar paint, it says right on the can “for porches and floors”. We opted to go with the standard “dark gray” color that was pre-mixed.

The paint is extremely WATERY.

So much that we took the can back to the store and asked them about it. But, they said that’s normal, so we gave it a shot.

Just like interior walls, I painted the trim first with an angled brush. (Best part: no accidental dripping on the floor!)

You can see the thinness/watery-ness of the paint here.

I did two solid coats to get a full finish.

I painted between the boards as best I could to avoid peeps of red. I rolled the floors.

As you can see, this was shaping up to be a very blue-gray.

Make sure the floor is very dry before you walk over it to paint the second coat – otherwise you’ll have foot imprints all over the place!

Final Drumroll……..

Nice and clean! And an easy way to spend the afternoon.

Now we just need to get some furniture out there!

I’m hoping to hit some end-of-summer clearance sales and find myself a rug and two wicker chairs. Here’s for hopin’!

To me porches hold memories of family lunches and rocking chairs. What do you love about porches?


9 thoughts on “The Porch Floor Gets a Facelift

  1. I work at Lowe’s on the weekends and deal with that Valspar stuff a lot. I think the main reason the porch stuff is so thin is so that it soaks into the wood/concrete as opposed to just going over it. This way, over time, with kids and dogs and family walking in and out of the house, the paint doesn’t wear off as bad like I see it was prior to you painting it. Kinda similar to how stain works, but without being able to see the grain, unless you buy a semi-transparent. Looks good by the way, very This Old House-worthy.

  2. that makes a lot of sense! thanks for chiming in. It still looks great and the end result (even with only 2 coats) was great looking. Hopefully it will hold up nice and strong!

  3. Awesome job!! I miss the porches at camp and at 3 springs…..those were the best! Esp. with a million rocking chairs!

  4. It looks great! We are in need of painting our deck, I wonder if this would work for an un-porched floor – meaning, no roof overhead to protect some from the weather? I will have to go check it out. I love the color.

  5. it looks beautiful and so updated! i used valspar on some trim in our house just recently and was really disappointed. it was VERY thin as well and I am not even satisfied with 2 coats. Never again, it’s back to Behr I go 🙂

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