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« on: September 07, 2009 01:32:17 PM »

I have been on Craftster since 2004 (I'm an old fart) but on lurking status...five kids, the animals and stuff will do that to a craftin' sorta girl!  Anywho...

We bought our first home here in Alabama; it's a nice little 2 bedroom single wide on about 2 acres.  Two owners ago, there was a front porch added.  It had some brown mottled indoor/outdoor carpet that got ruined, so I pulled it up and scrubbed the subfloor clean.  I debated over what to do with the floor and thought about just using the unopened can of Kilz paint on the floor. 

Here is what the floor looked like after I painted it with the Kilz...and trust me, you do NOT want to see how nasty the floor was before that!



Then my brain got to working...since we are "financially challenged", we really couldn't afford new carpet or anything of the sort.  The previous owner left behind about 15 HUGE bottles of those acrylic paints you get from AC Moore.   After thinking about something in the style of a floorcloth, I came up with a plan...

Here is a small version of what will be on the main floor.  I am putting one of these in front of each door, and the larger version will go in the middle.  The porch itself is 12 feet by 16 feet.



Detail of the Mariner's Compass drawn into the "rug"...



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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009 01:56:22 PM »

I think I can't wait to see the finished project. That is a great start.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009 03:25:21 PM »

It's looking so great so far that I believe it's almost cruel of you to tease us like this.   Tongue  It looks like something you'd set out to do from the beginning, not at all like a Plan B or cost-saving measure.  AWESOME!
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009 01:53:36 AM »

this looks gorgeous, I love your choice of colours and you obviously have far more patience than I because you have achieved a lovely clean finish. I am very jealous and would love something like this in my home. I also think it will wear really nicely. Well done! I hope you post the finished article!
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2009 01:41:05 PM »

I think it's going to be awesome and much, much better than carpet any day!
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009 07:53:46 AM »

Has anyone any ideas on what to do with gray bring old concrete like this?

I think this looks great!

Acrylic house paint with thorough prep, good primer and lots of top coats.  There are porch and floor paints, but often in limited colors, If you prep, prime and topcoat you can use regular housepaint (probably even craft paint).
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