Since we’ve been remodeling for over two years now (can you guys believe it?!?), the inside of our house has improved significantly. The outside, however, is a slightly different story. Yes, we’ve added some improvements to the back yard, but our front yard has been put on the back burner. Sorry neighbors. Well, no longer! The front yard is up on our “to do” list, and I am SUPER excited about how everything is turning out!
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I have always dreamt of a house with a wide, wrap-around front porch. This house doesn’t have it. Boo! But that doesn’t mean that I can’t get creative with the space I do have. For years I have been looking for an outdoor rug that will fit the narrow front porch we have, and have had no luck. Recently it dawned on me—why not paint a rug on the porch? After doing some research to verify (1) yes, painted rugs are a thing and (2) yes, my husband was on board, I wasted no time getting a plan together.
One of the things I learned while researching about painting concrete is that you have to have a super clean surface to start. A lot of people even went as far as recommending using acid to wash the surface. Yikes. That was a little hardcore for me!
Luckily for me however, I was given the opportunity to partner with Proctor & Gamble to try out their new product, Tide Oxi. I knew Tide was awesome in the laundry room, but I was unsure if it would excel in concrete-cleaning abilities. I decided to give it a shot, however, before turning to acid. Luckily for me, Tide Oxi did not disappoint and no acid was needed, yay!
- Porch cleaner (we used Tide Oxi)
- Scrubbing brush
- Large bucket
- Concrete paint (we went with Behr Premium Concrete & Masonary Waterproofer in Sudden Fog thanks to the recommendation from the paint counter!)
- Painter’s tape
- Paint Roller
The first thing we did when we got home was to remove the old furniture off the porch. I was SO happy to get rid of all the ugly brown, but you all are going to be grossed out when you see what was hiding underneath all of it. Look how nasty our porch was!
The next thing we did was use a push broom to sweep off all the dirt, leaves and debris we could from our porch. We then mixed the Tide Oxi into warm water. I used a full scoop since our porch was so dirty. I’ve gotten to work with a lot of cleaning agents and products over the years, and I promise you guys—this was the best smelling one! Both Scott and I were joking that our porch was going to smell like fresh laundry.
After we had our solution mixed, we worked in small areas at a time. Scott would pour some of the solution onto the porch, and we both used these scrubbing brushes to scrub the stains and dirt off.
Check out this brush—yikes!
The directions on the box clearly say to keep away from plants, so we were very careful to not allow any run off into the garden. We would continually use the broom to push all the water down the stairs rather than let it drip into the garden.
It took us about 30 minutes to scrub down the entire porch. Before we could start painting, we had to wait for the concrete to dry completely. In the Texas summer heat, that took about 4-5 hours. Check out how much better things were looking already!
Here’s a before/after shot so you don’t have to scroll back up to compare. 🙂
(click above, here’s a sneak peek for you!)
Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.
Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.