White Washing & Distressing Porch Floor!


I'm doing a makeover on my screen porch and I'm doing it on a shoestring budget! The screen porch was built last year over a part of our existing deck and the floors were less than pretty. When pricing everything I wanted to do on the porch with almost no money, I decided to stain the floors in a semi-transparent white. When I got the stain on, I wasn't thrilled so I experimented with wiping a little of the stain off to give them a distressed look. Here's what I came up with! This isn't for everybody, some of you guys might not like it-I understand, but I'm happy and I spent only $33.00 at Home Depot for the stain!
My budget solution to my screen porch floors ...white washed & distressed.
My budget solution to my screen porch floors ...white washed & distressed.
Here are the floors before. When I started my low budget porch makeover I had to have a super cheap way to brighten up the existing floors...
Here are the floors before. When I started my low budget porch makeover I had to have a super cheap way to brighten up the existing floors...
First I sanded and cleaned the floors. Then using semi-transparent wood stain from The Home Depot, I sprayed on the stain...but I wasn't thrilled. So I took a rag and wiped some of the stain back off...
First I sanded and cleaned the floors. Then using semi-transparent wood stain from The Home Depot, I sprayed on the stain...but I wasn't thrilled. So I took a rag and wiped some of the stain back off...
Kinda looked like driftwood!I know some of you won't like this, I understand it's a bit different.  :)
Kinda looked like driftwood!I know some of you won't like this, I understand it's a bit different. :)
But I'm happy with the way it turned out and I'm almost finished with the porch makeover!
But I'm happy with the way it turned out and I'm almost finished with the porch makeover!
A quick look at the table! My friends at Behr Paint suggested I use a soft turquoise called Opal Silk...turned out to be my new favorite color!Have a great day my friends xo
A quick look at the table! My friends at Behr Paint suggested I use a soft turquoise called Opal Silk...turned out to be my new favorite color!Have a great day my friends xo
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  • Lorna Shafer Lopez
    on Sep 4, 2016

    We need to seal our deck but absolutely love this look! Any thoughts on sealers that won't be slippery in rainy or snowy weather?

    • Rrg723
      on Sep 5, 2016

      I didn't seal mine so I don't know...If I were to seal it, I'd go to Home Depot and talk to the good folks at Behr! Good Luck!

    • Lorna Shafer Lopez
      on Sep 5, 2016

      Thanks for your response. Looks like I still have some homework to do!

    • Remember, you can buy stains/sealers combined. I bet they would work for this, too.
    • Mar33550904
      on Jun 4, 2018

      wow, I absolutely love this and I'm really picky!! Great job, I'm doing a very small wooden stoop and might do my front door in your turquoise table color. Love it!!!!

  • Frances J
    on Jul 23, 2018

    Hi, can you tell me the brand and which color white you used. There are many at home depot to choose from. Thank you!

  • Lisa
    on Jul 29, 2018

    How do I whitewash a deck that’s already stained

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  • Tamara McMillan
    on Mar 2, 2016

    Very nice!

  • Sophie Gross
    on Mar 21, 2016

    i love it and is exactly what I was planning for my porch this summer. Good thing I saw your post because I was going to white wash with paint. I never thought about using stain, I think it may be more durable than paint. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing

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