Today I'm participating in Metamorphis Monday, our gracious hostess is Susan of Between Naps On The Porch. Be sure to check out her blog to see lots of other before and afters!
I've been wanting to paint a checkerboard pattern on my deck for about two years now but the timing was never right. I'm so glad everything (mostly the weather) came together and I was able to finally complete this project! I love it!
I'm not entirely done. I still have to paint and plant a few things to put on the deck. This little bistro table and chairs need some TLC!
I always wanted to be able to look out this window and see the continuation of the checkerboard in my kitchen. We don't really use this little deck. We have a screened porch and a patio downstairs. The grill is out there and my husband sits down when he's grilling, the dog walks through on his way down the stairs and that's pretty much all the use this space sees! Mostly I just see it from the kitchen so I wanted to have something pretty to look at.
It wasn't hard to do at all! At first I wasn't sure how to do it but I figured it out. Because the checkerboard is painted on decking, I didn't have to be so precise about the squares being all the same as I would have in an interior room. First I cleaned the deck with deck cleaner and let that dry, then I painted the deck with white deck paint and let that dry for a few days.
Then I figured out how big a square I wanted. I did this through trial and error and finally settled on a size that was a bit bigger than the tiles in my kitchen. I used some cardboard to make a template. I positioned my template and traced around it. Then I filled it in with black paint. The painting took about a week to do and I just did a little at a time. A couple of squares in the morning and a few after dinner. It was too hot to be out there during the day! For the price of two cans of paint I got a very cute deck that nobody else has.
Don't be afraid of big projects! Just break them up. Even when I paint a room I move everything from one wall, paint and move everything back. Then when I have time I move on to another wall and another! Before long the whole room is completed without too much disruption!
Check back at the end of the week for the complete makeover.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everyone!