Y’all don’t even know how excited I get about black and white stripes and today I want to share my striped concrete front porch makeover with you. Painting crisp stripes on a concrete floor can be a little tricky but with my tips and tricks on how to paint stripes on your front porch, you will get clean and perfect results every time. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than you think.
Black and white stripe painted concrete front porch
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The reason I finally decided to have striped concrete at our entrance is that the concrete on our front porch had become bad after living here for 16 years. The yearly pressure washing didn’t help and neither did any type of bleach cleaner anymore. Not to mention that most of the homes in our neighborhood look like ours and I wanted to make my curb appeal stick out from the rest of the homes.
- one can of white and one can of black Olympic Rescue It and cleaner which I purchased at Lowes and I decided on this paint because it is tintable and you can choose from a large variety of colors. (UPDATE: we’ve had this porch painted for two years now and the color is holding up great!)
- a good bristle brush (very important to get into all the pores of the concrete surface)
- metal paint tray (I like lining mine with garbage bags which makes it easier for cleanup and covering the roller between coats and you can read more about my painting tips and tricks HERE)
- painters tape (I used frogtape)
- paint roller made for really textured surfaces (HERE), roller frame (HERE) and an extension handle (HERE)
- a large ruler or straight piece of wood molding
- measuring tape
Step-by-step Porch Painting Instructions
1. Cleaning the concrete: I used a pressure washer in combination with the cleaner to make sure I really removed all the debris, dust, dirt, and grime. I brushed it on according to their instructions and then pressure-washed the entire porch and small walkway.
To be honest, though I felt like the cleaner was a waste of my money, not because it’s a step you should skip. Definitely not! It’s because it smelled like straight-up bleach which it also proved to be because it ruined the bottom of my sweatpants after pressure washing and you might just be able to buy bleach from the grocery store which is much cheaper to prep your surface with. So you can be the judge of this step whether you want to clean with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner or just standard bleach. Regardless of what you use please be careful with yourself and the surrounding plants.
2. Let the cleaned porch dry completely before moving on!
Here is another view of the porch after I cleaned it. Lots of stains and discolorations.
3. I taped areas around the siding that needed to be taped and then painted the permitter of the textured concrete porch white with the hard bristle brush. The type of concrete paint I used doesn’t require a primer. (Update: after 5 years the paint did not peel and it proves that I priming the concrete really wasn’t needed with this type of paint)
Here you can see the painted perimeter of the concrete porch floor:
4. After that it was time to roll out the first coat of white paint with the roller and paint. Remember I mentioned that I line my tray with a garbage bag so I can either keep the roller from drying out when I take a break or for easy clean up after painting.
5. I waited 4 hours and then rolled on the second coat. Two coats of paint are really all I needed. It’s very important that you pick the right weather for this which it certainly was for me. There was barely any wind, so no dirt and leaves got blown into my wet paint and the temperature was just what they recommend on the paint can. Always make sure you read the manufacturer’s recommendations on the paint can before starting a project.
6. After the second coat dried, it was time to figure out the width of the stripes. I marked them and drew them in with a pencil and my large piece of straight molding which served as a ruler for me (see below photo)
7. I taped my lines with painter’s tape. The stripes that get painted with a darker color are sometimes hard to distinguish so I like to make sure to mark them with an X to avoid any mistakes later.
8. And this is where things get interesting and my favorite painting trick comes in place. A long long time before I started blogging I went to the library and read painting and home improvement books and came across this tip in a book. I can’t remember which book this was though. I wish I could.
My favorite painting trick
The trick is that paint always bleeds under tape. Have you ever noticed that? No matter how hard you push down the painter’s tape, when you pull it off the lines are jagged. Even if you use frog tape who’s company claims that this won’t happen. So let the paint bleed underneath the tape!
Say what? Is she nuts? No, I’m not… let it bleed with the same color as the base coat which means that I paint over the line with the same color as the underlying color of paint which in my case was the white. That seals the painter’s tape and the bleeding isn’t visible because it is the same color!!! Get it?
See in the photo below? I painted over the tape in the areas where the black will hit the tape and have its line.
9. Then when that bleeding and sealing line is dry paint over it with your next paint color which is my black stripe.
10. Make sure to roll on a second coat of black paint.
11. Pull off the painter’s tape and admire your crisp, clean and beautiful striped concrete front porch.
Let me show you a close-up. You can barely see where the white paint bled through. Can you?
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A list of all my tips and tricks for painting concrete and stripes
- always read the paint manufacturers instructions before starting a project
- thoroughly clean the concrete and let it dry
- pick the right weather (no wind, rain or cold temperatures)
- let the painters tape bleed with the bottom base coat to avoid jagged edges
- pull the painters tape off before the second coat of stripe color is completely dry
If you do my trick, you get an ultra-crisp line every time. No matter what type you use and even on very textured concrete like mine.
Before and finished after photos of the painted concrete porch
The painted concrete front porch turned out exactly how I wanted. And this project actually didn’t need all that much elbow grease from start to finish.
Can you see my newly painted black light too? I also have on my list to paint the front door a different color. I think I will use a bright green, similar to that bush which I still want to rip out and replace with a smaller version of the same bush. It’s so overgrown. I can’t see the kids playing when I sit on the porch anymore and I hate that.
I had picked just the right time to paint because now all those pretty blooms are shedding and falling on the porch. It would have been a disaster had they all fallen into the fresh coat of paint.
Oh, and while I was at it, I also removed my lighting because it was dirty and bleached out and gave it a black spray paint makeover. I simply used black semi-gloss Rustoleum metal spray paint after I thoroughly cleaned the light.
You can find a very similar door knocker HERE.
Other related blog posts
I also recently painted the front door and you can see the new color in my blog post about picking the right color and painting exterior doors.
Our tropical front porch:
And the porch with Halloween spirit
This all matches my cabana patio makeover post I did last year for Home Depot.
And to go along with my love of black and white, I recently found this fabulous tilting umbrella for our back patio.
UPDATE: I recently re-painted this porch in a checkerboard pattern. Check it out because I love the change so much.
Would you consider painting your porch in a bold stripe and do you like the porch as much as I do?
I’ll keep you updated to see how it wears, ok? So far it’s kept its looks for two years and we couldn’t be happier.