Front Porch Update October 6, 2011 DIY, Outdoors 8 Comments 5775 Earlier this week I shared our in-progress porch. Well, we finally finished the upstairs (paint-wise), so I thought I’d update you with the more finished look and share more details about the process. It seems like the general consensus in the how-to-paint-a- porch community is that nothing really works well. The paint eventually peels, chips, or cracks no matter what you use. Well I don’t accept that. I mean, I’m not looking for a 1o year maintenance free option-just something that looks nice for a couple of years and maybe needs touch ups now and then. After some research, I decided against any kind of oil based products and porch/floor paints. These are designed to dry very hard which doesn’t allow for expansion/contraction of the wood. If I was painting the floor I would definitely use the porch/floor paint, but none of the surfaces I planned to paint are subjected to foot traffic. I thought the best choice for the job would be a standard latex exterior paint. To prepare the porch for paint, we cleaned it using a deck cleaning solution and a scrub brush. When it dried, I applied Minwax High Performance Filler to the large cracks and any very visible nail holes. That stuff is no joke- it smells completely toxic and only has a 10 minute working time before it dries hard as a rock. I sanded all the filled areas plus any other areas that looked rough, then I primed everything with Zinsser Interior/Exterior Waterbased Primer. I allowed the primer to cure overnight and over the next few days applied 3 VERY thin coats of Behr Premium Exterior Semi-Gloss in White Fur. Unfortunately we can’t really get into stripping and re-staining the floors until next week, so try to ignore the worn stain and paint drips. Pardon the glare streak in the top right. So bright! A friend of mine said the paint makes everything look bigger and more grand. I’m down with that! Here’s how the house looked before. Sorry I don’t have a good wide shot of the house now, I’m planning on doing it soon I promise. What do you think? 8 Responses Kassi @ Truly Lovely October 6, 2011 MUCH better! The continuity of the white through the middle really makes things look more cohesive! Reply Janel Hutton@hatingmartha October 8, 2011 It looks so much brighter! What a lot of work… but it paid off! Reply Porch Floor Remix October 18, 2011 […] Floor Remix October 18, 2011 Leave a Comment Auto Adsense WPAfter freshening up all the railings, the floor was looking a little […] Reply Front Porch Refresh…DONE! October 26, 2011 […] never seems to get done (like that’s never happened before!). It started with a fresh coat of white paint on the railings, followed by the sanding and staining of the floor. Just when I was in the groove staining, the […] Reply margie August 15, 2016 Did you clean the previous paint from the porch? Reply Rachael Evans August 18, 2016 Just clean up any peeling areas with some light sanding, but you don’t have to completely remove old paint 🙂 Front Porch Update | Floor Paint Info November 5, 2011 […] this link: Front Porch Update sharemacro var sharemacro_cbid = "block34"; var sharemacro_preset = "ui-tooltip-light […] Reply Young Wifey August 5, 2012 It looks so cute! Great job! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. CAPTCHA Code * Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.