Suzanne R
Suzanne R
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  • Aberdeen, MD
Asked on Jun 23, 2012

Front porch floor needs help!

Marion NesbittElliebgoodEllen Beener
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Hoping for some suggestions on what to do with this front porch floor. I am thinking of painting it or staining it but I am not sure what color to use. The house is a soft
grey with a black front door and shutters. Any suggestions are appreciated!
q front porch floor needs help, flooring, painting, porches
25 answers
  • Lori J
    on Jun 23, 2012

    I know that amazing things can be done with stain, but I would also consider a color pop. Maybe paint the rockers--or if that seems to bold, maybe start with painting the table.

  • Suzanne R
    on Jun 24, 2012

    Thanks! Really need to address the floor first....it's ugly and stained so need to start there first....do you know of any stain products i could look in to?

  • Lori J
    on Jun 24, 2012

    Maybe this video would help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFDrEWMRPMs

  • Jan C
    on Jun 24, 2012

    If your house is soft gray, I'd do the floor a dark gray to contrast and compliment it. Then maybe some red Geraniums in turquoise pots for pops of color!

  • Becky H
    on Jun 24, 2012

    Or, you could paint rugs on the porch floor, after you determine what you want to do with the rest of the floor.

  • Rachel Greathouse Design
    on Jun 24, 2012

    Would paint the little table in a pretty color you love....love the stain idea in a color complimentary to the house.....And consider painting the ceiling of the porch a beautiful airy blue....I love "Tibetan Sky" by Sherwin Williams..finish off with some brightly colored flowers and a piece of art you love on the wall and some fun indoor/outdoor pillows with some punch:)

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Jun 24, 2012

    The decking would make a good painted surface. Because it is covered, it would would hold paint without peeling and not need re-doing for a long time. Best, Charles

  • Kandee S
    on Jun 25, 2012

    they make indoor outdoor carpet looks like grass. I would get some of that and tack it down. If you have ceiling they say to paint it like sky blue so the birds won't want to land in there. Then go for the furniture and colors you want there. the table you could make different table clothes for it. I would leave the chairs white and use different color pillows for holidays.

  • Carpet would hod moisture and cause it to rot out fast. I would likely use Ben-Moore's Urethene porcch and deck paint. It can be mixed to custom colors, but there is a grey off the rack. Be sure to prep by sanding and cleaning and having it dry first. That can make the difference in a one year job and an eight year job

  • Suzanne R
    on Jun 25, 2012

    Great, thanks for all the great suggestions....Rachel, I like the idea of painting the ceiling blue...any color suggestion for the porch floor? And, would it be best to do the stairs and front walk as well or can they be left alone...? I do have tablecloths for the table....we were just in transition when the picture was taken. Nichter's, thanks for the advice. I will look into that and will follow your prep instructions as I (and I'm sure my husband!) want the job to last!! Thanks again everyone....appreciate any additional ideas/suggestions!

  • LandlightS
    on Jun 25, 2012

    As you know from my recent post, I just finished a deck with Restore......and they have a very broad color palate....and especially covered, the finish will last for many,many years. I agree with a darker contrast on the floor and then you can spruce it up with some smaller outdoor rugs and potted plants.....but I'm just an electrician.....what do I know... Good luck with your decision and have a great July 4th,,,,

  • Suzanne R
    on Jun 25, 2012

    Thanks LandlightS but I am not looking to put wood decking on the front porch....and, we also just refinished our deck.....thanks anyway!

  • Carol C
    on Jun 25, 2012

    I know you said you weren't interested in decking,but our front porch and house colors are almost identical and we put Trek decking on ours in gray.We've had it for over 10 years and it is still beautiful and safe as if it gets wet its never slippery.

    • Rhonda
      on Jun 8, 2014

      @Carol C How does the decking attach to the concrete...you have to build a platform...correct?

  • LandlightS
    on Jun 26, 2012

    Suzzane.....from what you said, I assume the front poarch is concrete, and if so, Restore does make a product similar to Restore Deck Armour specifically for concrete...(and no, I do not work for them) Gary

  • Janice B
    on Jun 26, 2012

    Paint the concrete porch barn red. That would really pop and go well with the color of the house and your porch furniture.

  • sky blue for a porch ceiling is traditional here with good reason. Insects stay away from that as they fear birds diving out of the sky to eat them. Fewer spiders and flys by far that way

  • Suzanne R
    on Jun 26, 2012

    Thanks to all for your input...Landlight, I will look into that & Nichter's....that would be a good thing for us as we have loads of spiders as well as other bugs! Would go a long way to keeping the porch clean! Janice, if you were staining the porch floor red, what would you do with the concrete stairs and path to driveway (all concrete)...?

  • LandlightS
    on Jun 26, 2012

    Nichter....what a great concept. I may have to paint the top edge of all our exterior doors sky blue. Mucho bugs & spiders in Georgia Have a safe 4th holiday Gary

  • Scottie Vosburgh
    on Jul 6, 2014

    I think the porch would look quite nice in a medium grey tone. You could even stencil a rug on it in a bright color if you felt like it. Use concrete paint and it should last quite a while.

  • Daveicrave
    on Dec 18, 2014

    i would stain the porch then paint a rug on it under the table and chairs.

  • Terry
    on Jan 19, 2015

    It's more pricey than stain, paint or wood but they now have tile that looks like wood. Once it's installed it's very low maintenance, just hose it off. It looks like your style is cottage/country and this look would go very well with that. Here's a pic.

    q front porch floor needs help, flooring, painting, porches
  • Ellen Beener
    on Nov 22, 2015

    Terra cotta or brick

  • Elliebgood
    on Oct 28, 2016

    Scrub first with muriatic acid, commonly called an 'acid etch' treatment, to make sure your paint sticks and holds up for a long time. Exterior concrete paint in a medium grey and I'd stencil, freehand paint or just add a bright yellow accent rug. The latter you could change out seasonally.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Oct 28, 2016

    Tile would be great - charcoal - lasts forever, but expensive. Like the terra cotta or brick paint idea as think you need colour. If not this, then I would get the new type indoor/outdoor rugs for the seating area and by the door. Maybe put some colour on the table if you decide to go with a neutral colour on the porch. Do you have room for a tall, leafy plant - artificial or real - to add interest and soften lines. Maybe some colourful flowers like red geraniums . Definitely needs colour.

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