Sunday, September 30, 2007

Drumroll please.....

It is finally finished! The infamous porch project of 2007 has come to a end. I finished up the last bit of it today. The weather is turning and leaves are falling so it was now or never.

For those of you following directions-wise I will post the last few with this post regarding the small diamonds.

STEP 1: Decide how big you would like the smaller squares intersecting the larger ones. In my case I used 4". Using a blank stencil form cut out your 4x4" stencil(s), I also used a couple of cheap plastic place mats from the dollar store as stencil forms.

STEP 2: Tape the stencil down at the center of the intersecting points of your 2 square colors. As you look at the stencil it should break up the 2 square colors into 4 quadrants; the points of the square intersecting the quadrants.

Step 3: Hold down the stencil and carefully fill in square using sponge brush. Make sure you do not have a lot of paint on the sponge or it will seep under the stencil. You will come back and give it a second coat.

Step 4: You can use a blow dryer or heat gun to speed up the drying time.

Step 5: After a good 24 hours of drying time you need to put 2 coats of polyurethane on waiting at least 24 hours between coats.

...and VOILA! It's DONE! Boy I am so glad I was able to get this finished, for awhile I was wondering if it was going to happen.

Next I will be moving back inside to continue on with the kitchen project.



Artsy said...

THAT is stunning. Really beautiful. HGTV needs you!

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Nunnie's Attic said...

It's beautiful Michelle. Not something I would ever have the patience to do but wouldn't object to you doing it for me! Just teasing. I know you're just as glad to be done as you are to having it.


cindy (yapping cat) said...

It's just gorgeous! I love it. And ditto Julie, I would never have the patience or the math apptitude to di it. LOL. Love your blog, I hope you don't mind, I'm going to put you on my links.


the feathered nest said...

Oh My Goodness!! That is so so gorgeous! I wish you could come and do my patio but I've printed out your directions and will give it a try (although I'm no good at measuring and stuff).

Wonderful job, Michelle!


Penny Carlson said...

I absolutely love it Michelle! It is perfect! Thank you for the tutorial...It helps when you can see the step by step process.

Alison Gibbs said...

What a great job you did on the porch. Now we need a new pic. of it with all your gorgeous wicker and plants.

Nin said...

oh wow, that looks great!

Kathleen Grace said...

Michelle, that is so gorgeous! It makes me want to do the same thing to my tiny front porch! I wonder if I still have enough good weather left to try it...:>) Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer Froh said...

OMG!!!... it turned out fabulous!!!!!! Great job!

FarmHouse Style said...

WOW, that is soooo impressive!
Get out there and enjoy:)

Meggie said...

i hope you are pleased with the results, michelle. great job! when you shared earlier photos i wondered why the points didn't touch/connect to the surrounding i see!! dah!!!! lovely results! now onto the next project...... said...

Awesome Michelle!!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Very cute porch! You have more patience than I do! But wow does it ever look great!


Henriette L. said...

Génial : ça fait un effet boeuf !
Coordonné à la rampe ça ajoute vraiment du caractère à votre (superbe) loggia.