Patio Floor Ideas

Patio Floor Ideas

Applying the design

Stick the stencil down with masking tape at the corners so that it cannot move, or spray the back with spray mount which enables the stencil to be peeled up and repositioned several times. Make sure all traces of spray mount are removed from the floor with an appropriate solvent before varnishing.

Use a minimal amount of paint. Dip the tip of the brush into the colour and work it into the brush on some old newspaper or a plate. The brush should appear dry. Stipple the colour over the stencil or brush with a swirling motion so the colour gradually builds up in intensity. Resist the temptation to apply the paint heavily as it invariably seeps under the edge of the stencil. Once the first colour is dry, remove the stencil, then apply a second and further stencils in the same way, using your registration marks as a guide.

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Turning corners

Unless they are very linear, border designs do not go around corners so you will need an entirely separate stencil, such as a circle, for the corner. The main pattern finishes just short of the corner and the new stencil is used to fill the space. If the border pattern is to be continuous, lay low-tack masking tape at 45 degrees across the path of the stencil. Work up to and just onto the tape. When it is dry, reposition the tape to the other side of the angle and stencil the other side.

Painting chequerboard squares

Simple squares help break up large spaces and provide the opportunity to introduce two colours to a floor, or two shades of the same colour. And once a simple grid is established the basic alternating squares can be embellished interspersed stripes could be painted in a variety of arrangements or a stencil design could be added to each square.

With painted squares it is, of course, possible to choose the exact size of the square to suit the scale of the space to be filled. It is easiest to choose a size of square that divides exactly into the floor’s area. With a little calculation the squares can be sized to coincide exactly with three walls of any room. In the unlikely event of a perfectly square room, the squares would then fit the fourth wall as well.

If you have a number of alcoves, it may be easier and look better to paint a central area as a chequerboard and leave a border, in one of the two colours, to stretch to the edges of the room.

Simple squares look more interesting if they are arranged on the diagonal and this is easy to lay out. Begin by setting out the basic grid by following the procedure for setting out tiles (page 156157). Mark out the basic centre point of the floor, adjusting it if necessary, and establish a diagonal line as described. You can work back from this basic central diagonal to mark out the whole room with all the squares on the diagonal. A chalk line is useful for establishing the basic grid but do go over it with pencil as the chalk will rub off as you walk back and forth over the floor. A soft pencil (2B) gives darker, more definite lines that help give the squares sharp edges, useful if your hand tends to wobble as you paint the edges of the squares.

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