Patio Makeover: Progress

I FINALLY had a productive weekend with our patio!!! I got the 2nd coat of paint on the walls, painted the French doors, and sort of fixed the floor (I’ll explain that later).

First, the walls and door. I chose to roll on the last coat of paint rather than use my spray gun because it would be quicker than the set up, taping off and clean up that’s involved with the gun. And it was definitely quicker. I knocked it out in a half hour.

The majority of my time was spent on the door. It took 3 coats to get it covered completely. I used a high gloss paint because I wanted a lacquer look. The glossy finish had trouble sticking to my metal door. I opted not to tape off the window panes because it would take too long and I would probably still get some paint on the windows. Instead I just painted right over them and use this handy window scraper to get the extra paint off. It worked the a charm. make sure you use a razor blade to cut around each pane first so you don’t peel the paint off your door.

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I am so glad I went with the black. I love it!

Before
Before
After
After

Finally I had to tackle the floor.

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I taped off the walls and got to work.

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I told you I was going to try the Rustoleum Restore for concrete and decking and I did. I hate to say it but I did not like this product at all. It says it will cover 120 sq ft with 2 coats but I barely covered the patio once. It was so hard to work with too. You’re supposed to go in the same direction and not go over the same spot over and over again but that it impossible. The product is so thick and doesn’t cover well so I kept have to go back with more and more in the same spot. I read a tutorial that suggested adding a little bit of water. I didn’t want to do that because it says not to, but I did halfway through the job. If I hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t be able to finish the job. Hopefully it holds up. After it dried, I could see tons of streaks and lines from my roller.

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I’m supposed to add another coat but I’m not going to. If I do anything, I will color match with concrete paint and use that for a second coat. Right now, I don’t want to do anything because I’m frustrated and grumpy. 😦

So here’s this weekends progress.

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Its definitely a huge improvement, but there’s still so much to do. And that’s the real story of DIY folks!

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