You guys, it was time. Remember that I added some much needed curb appeal
to the front of my house by painting the front door and shutters a gorgeous blue and gray last summer? That made a huge improvement, but it was still sadly lacking…mainly because of the ugly, stained concrete slab that we call our front porch. Well, you can’t call it ugly now!
When 3M Tekk Protection
asked if I wanted to do a project that added some curb appeal to my house in time for the Fourth of July, I knew immediately that it was time to tackle this concrete mess.
Ugh. I decided that since removing the concrete wasn’t a possibility, I would paint it with what else? Stripes! Painting concrete is not difficult, but you need to make sure you prep the surface well and get the right materials.
Here’s what you’ll need to paint your concrete step:
– Concrete Primer
-Patio and Porch Paint in your desired colors
I hadn’t ever tried this painters tape with edge-lock but had heard good things, so I was excited to give it a try!
I’m not usually one who worries about painting while pregnant, but I have been doing so much more painting than usual for Knock It Off
that I’ve been super careful and have been wearing a mask. I really like this one
from 3M TEKK Protection
– it’s comfy and light and does the trick, especially with the special epoxy primer needed for concrete.
I love that I can actually breathe through the special valve, instead of feeling like I’m suffocating.
Cute, huh? Anyhow, let’s get started:
1. The first thing you need to do is prep the surface. Make sure you sweep away all dirt and debris from the step and then spray down with soapy water. Let dry completely,
2. Roll the primer onto the step, making sure to cover the entire surface. Concrete primer is really thin, so keep this in mind as you roll it on. It’s designed to soak into the concrete, not sit on top, which actually helps the paint to adhere to the concrete better. I actually poured the primer right onto the step and rolled it out instead of putting it in a tray. Less mess! Don’t skip this step! Trust me. Otherwise you’ll be scraping paint off the concrete instead of enjoying your pretty new front porch. (Not that that happened to me or anything….)
3. Roll your base color onto the step. Repeat with a second coat, if necessary.
4. Determine the width and placement of your stripes and place the Scotchblue tape in the appropriate places. I liked the look of the stripes coming out from the door, but horizontal stripes would have been fun too! Run a credit card along the edges of the tape to create a nice seal. Then, using a paint brush, paint the edges of the tape with the base color (in my case, white) so that if any paint bleeds under the tape, it will be the color that’s already there. This is our fail-safe way to get perfect stripes every time
5. Roll your second color over your pre-taped areas. Repeat as necessary. Then pull that tape back at an angle and take a look at those crisp lines! I’m telling you, there is no better feeling out there.
Finally, I added some new house numbers, a DIY wreath, a chalkboard American flag and some pretty potted plants to complete my porch makeover.
Check out the simple tutorial for this Nautical Rope Wrapped Wreath HERE
I’m thrilled with the way it all looks, but still have one more ummmm, kind of big, item on my house exterior to-do list: paint the siding! I’ve never loved the yellowish siding and would really like to go with a darker color (maybe gray?) and white shutters, but my hubs is not quite on board. Don’t worry, though, I’ll convince him soon enough! 😉
How about a little before and after action for you?
I’m so relieved that our guests don’t have to look at that ugly concrete anymore when they come to my front door. Now they get a taste of what the rest of my house looks like!
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*This post is a collaboration with 3M™ TEKK Protection™ Brand, but all words and opinions and extra baby weight are my own. -Jess