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A Secret Surprise for My Guests ...

What to do when your porch needs a rebuild -- not a safety issue, more an ugly issue -- but you don't have the funds to fund it? I chose to hide the ugly by painting a porch rug on my landing ...

 

What do you do when your front porch is falling apart?  Okay, not a safety issue falling apart.  More an ugly falling apart.

Now, most would rebuild.  But the rebuild costs money.  Lots and lots of money.  So this handy woman (that would be me) decided to give the porch a bit of a spruce with some caulk and a bit of moulding and some liquid nails …

But the finishing touch?  The piece de resistance?

That would definitely be the rug I painted directly onto the landing.

Now I’d love to tell you this was a simple project.  But in my world simple projects don’t involve math …

… and my front porch required some serious math.  Serious math that had me pulling my hair out after two very long and frustrating hours trying to measure out diamonds.  I ended up with a giant ball of painter’s tape and a change of plans in the tune of a checkerboard pattern.

And I’d like to say I planned on the outer black border and black diamond details from the beginning …

… but truth be told, they were added to hide a multitude of paint bleeding sins …

The jury is still out about whether I should add a coat of polyurethane.

In the end, we now have a one-of-a-kind, custom rug on our porch. You can’t see it from the sidewalk, but it makes me happy every time I walk up the steps.

It’s like a secret surprise waiting for my guests …

 

Linda is a wife, mother, Chicago homeowner … and creator and author of it all started with paint blog.  You can find the complete tutorial on how she painted that rug on her landing by clicking here …

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