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Transforming Your Patio Porch into a Harlequin Dream

Do you have a concrete patio porch that’s seen better days? Perhaps it’s been a drab and uninspiring part of your home for too long. Fear not, because with a bit of creativity and the right materials, you can turn that space into a vibrant oasis. Today, we’re diving into the transformation process using DRYLOK Latex concrete floor paint, step by step.

Step 1: Prep Work

Every successful project starts with proper preparation. Begin by clearing the area of any dirt and dust using a leaf blower. This ensures a clean surface for the paint to adhere to.

patio before

Step 2: Power Wash

Next, give your patio porch a thorough power wash to remove stubborn dirt, grime, and any loose paint. This step not only cleans the surface but also provides a smooth base for the paint. Be sure that you allow all the water to evaporate out of the concrete slab before you apply paint. You can try this simple test. After you have power washed the surface, allow it to dry. Once you believe the surface is dry, tape a 5 x 5 piece of foil on the concrete surface after several hours peel the tape. If there are moisture droplets on the surface side, there is still moisture in the concrete, and you need longer drying time. Repeat this test throughout the drying process.

Foil test

Step 3: Seal Cracks

Inspect the concrete for cracks and imperfections. Use a concrete crack filler to seal any cracks and ensure a seamless finish once painted. We recommend either DRYLOK® Pourable Masonry Crack Filler (DRYLOK® Pourable Masonry Concrete Crack Filler & Sealant) or DRYLOK® Masonry Crack Filler (DRYLOK® Masonry Crack Filler, Repair, Sealer & Caulk) depending on the depth and size of the crack (see website for more details). This step is crucial for preventing future damage and maintaining the integrity of your porch.

Step 4: Apply the First Coat

Now comes the fun part – painting! Start with the first coat using DRYLOK Latex Concrete Floor Paint (DRYLOK® Concrete Floor Paint: Latex, Various Colors & Tints) in white. This base coat will help the colors pop and provide a solid foundation for the design.

first step for floor paint

Step 5: Second Coat Application

Once the first coat is dry (follow manufacturer’s instructions for drying times), apply the second coat. For this project, DRYLOK® Latex Concrete Floor Paint White/​Tint was tinted to Sherwin Williams Shoji White. The base cost should go down before the design color.

Shoji White
Iron Ore

Step 6: Designing the Harlequin Pattern

To achieve the harlequin pattern, grab a 24×24 tile (or any suitable stencil) and trace its outline onto the porch using a pencil. If you’re good, you can freestyle with a measuring tape and pencil and some good measurements. This step requires a bit of patience and precision but sets the stage for the eye-catching design.

patio after

Step 7: Adding Dark Accents

Now, using a contrasting dark color, in the project we used DRYLOK® Latex Concrete Floor Paint in white tinted to Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, carefully fill in sections of the traced pattern. The dark color over the white background creates a striking harlequin effect that instantly revitalizes your patio porch.

Final Touches and Tips

After completing the painting process, allow ample time for the paint to fully cure as per the product guidelines. Consider adding a clear coat, like DRYLOK® Concrete Protector (DRYLOK® Concrete Protector Clear Low Sheen Penetrating Sealer) for added protection against weathering and foot traffic.

Concrete Protector

Remember, the key to a successful DIY project like this lies in thorough preparation and attention to detail. Take your time, enjoy the creative process, and soon you’ll be stepping out onto a patio porch transformed into a harlequin dream.

With DRYLOK Latex concrete floor paint and a touch of creativity, you can breathe new life into your outdoor spaces. Whether you’re hosting summer gatherings or simply relaxing with a book, your harlequin-patterned patio porch will be a vibrant focal point. Embrace the transformation and enjoy your newly revitalized outdoor oasis!

Happy painting!