How to Paint Diamonds on the Floor

The porch floor is done and I have officially moved my furniture out there as of Saturday.  You will have to wait a bit to see it all,  since I’m still spray painting things and getting it all accessorized, but I’m one happy girl!  In the meantime, I’m sharing how I painted diamonds on the floor.

I have long been a fan of painting diamonds on the floor and when 2 of my friends did it on their screened porches ages ago, I knew that I wanted it on mine too. In fact, I painted years ago the floor of my tiny porch at my old house here in GA.  That was my first screened porch and I’ve wanted one ever since.  Now I have an even bigger one, not huge, but certainly adequate.  My porch now is about 10 x 14 feet and plenty big enough for my needs.

I just love diamonds on the porch, it gives the feeling of spaciousness and whimsy and just makes a nice statement under rugs.  So, I took the time and effort to add diamonds to my new porch and boy, am I in love all over again!

painting diamonds on the floor

Here’s the finished product and I’m going to share how I did it!  It’s really not hard and you don’t have to be a math genius, because I’m certainly not that.  Math is not my strong suit, but with a little planning, you can get a great look with squares or diamonds or what ever you want to call them.

So, get ready and I’ll show you each step I took to paint my porch floor.

cardboard

First, I took a cardboard box and cut it apart, making sure it was big enough. I wanted 18” squares, that’s a good size for my porch.  I took my dad’s square and made sure I got it square for my template.

18 inch cardboard template

18” square cardboard template.  It is not perfect around the edges, but you just want to draw a pencil line with this so it’s fine.  You could also get an 18” square piece of tile, but that is a lot bulkier and heavy to work with. I’ve also seen it recommended to snap chalk lines and intersect them for your diamonds, but I decided the template was better for me.  I did use a chalk line in my laundry room stripes project.

center of porch

I found the center point of my porch floor and marked it with pencil.

template on diagonal

Then I placed my template right on that mark with the mark in the center and turned the template on the diagonal.  I love diagonal squares, it just gives more movement and looks better.

pencil squares

I began tracing the first square with pencil marks, then moved the template out and kept marking until I had one corner of the porch all covered with pencil lines. As long as you keep lining up your sides and keep the corners fairly straight, you can just keep moving the template out and marking all the pencil lines.  That part comes together pretty fast.  Starting in the middle also keeps your squares pretty even all around the edges of the room.

taping with Frogtape

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Then, I got my Frogtape and began taping off the long lines.  This part gets a little tricky so stay with me.

corner with Frogtape

I taped off all the straight lines and then went back and started on the diagonal lines.

Frogtape on floor

The tricky part is that you will cover some squares that you want to paint and you will have to move the tape to get to all the squares.

Frogtape in corner

All taped off and ready to paint.

Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor paint

I used the same paint I used in my laundry room, Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor paint. This color is a nice gray called Cityscape.  I had already done 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Alabaster on the floor earlier.  One tip too is to try to paint down in the cracks if you are painting an old deck floor. It does take a little more time, but looks more finished. Mine isn’t perfect but it’s pretty well covered in the cracks too.  I used a small foam roller and a small paint brush for this project.

one coat squares

I began by painting my middle square and working out from there, always mentally looking ahead and skipping white squares to the next gray square, every other square will be gray, working up and out.  Now this is the tricky part. You always need to tape outside the pencil line of the square you are going to be painting and when you start taping like this, you are not going to be able to paint every square.  I had to go back and fill in the edges of some squares that I had covered with tape. There’s no way to completely get around this part.  You could do one row at a time and then move over and tape and paint the next row after the first one has dried, but I was trying to cover more area at one time (as usual, I try to take shortcuts!). So, I skipped around and painted as many squares as I could with the tape I put down, going back and painting 2 coats (the first coat dries fast).  Once 2 coats were complete, I ripped up my tape, so that I could continue with the squares I had missed.

I would caution here to probably only do one row at a time with this method as it does make you go back and retape some squares to move things along faster.  I did make it all work even if I did have to go back and tape the edges of some of my squares in order to paint them.  Work in sections and get both coats painted before you rip up the tape.  It starts to dry fast so you can keep working a row at a time until you get one section done.

taped off

With an uneven floor like this, the boards are not completely flat and the cracks make it impossible to get the tape down completely flat and as great as Frogtape is, there is no way to avoid some bleeding and dripping in the cracks.   But, the Frogtape certainly saves a lot of time! I would highly recommend taping, it’s a lot easier to tape first, roll with a small roller and then go back and touch up your squares.

One Square painted

Here’s a square after the tape is removed.

corners smeared

You can see bleeding especially on the curved parts of the boards.  There is no way to avoid this part using a roller, which makes things go faster.

one corner painted

My first day of painting squares, I got this far, with 2 coats on each square.

small paintbrush

At the end of day 2, I took a small craft brush with my white paint and went back and touched up any areas that were really standing out.  Once you touch up with white, things look really good then. You can be as particular as you want at this point, touching up all over.  When you stand back and look at the finish, it will look fantastic and no one will see all those little imperfections.

diamonds on porch

And here’s the finished product!  I just absolutely  love it.  It was a few days work to get it all done, but well worth it.  Touching up all the diamonds was one of the most time consuming part, but it really looks great now.

finished porch floor

I’m so glad I took the time to do this project, it’s going to make a huge difference to the feel of the room.

painted diamonds on porch

And it’s a project that anyone can do! I promise, it’s not that hard at all. Just takes patience and time to finish.  Taping and using the foam roller is a big time saver too, so definitely do that if you are going to tackle this project.

What do you think?  Would this be something you would try yourself?  It’s a great bang for your buck project!

I’ll share the finished porch as soon as I can.  Still working on bits and pieces of it and I want to show it all done!  I’m absolutely loving it so far, this is like having a whole new room on the house.  We still have some finish trim to do on the stairs and outside the screens, but the screening is up and finished too.  I was waiting for that to be done to move my furniture on the porch.

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Disclosure:  I’m a Brand Ambassador for Frogtape and am compensated to share my projects using FrogTape. All opinions and methods of using the product are all my own. 


- Rhoda



Comments

  1. I absolutely plan to do this to my porch! I love it!

  2. It looks fabulous! Can’t wait to see your porch all decorated!!!

  3. Love a painted floor. Thanks for the great tutorial!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  4. Rhoda it looks amazing!! And thank you for the tips!!

  5. AndreaJackson says:

    Here’s a tip for painting diamond shapes (or any other shapes) on an uneven surface. First, paint the entire floor with the white base coat like Rhonda did here. Next, tape off the diamonds like Rhonda did. Next, using a small trim roller loaded with the original white base coat, paint over the tape on the inside edge where the grey diamonds will be. (By doing this, you are adding one more paper-thin layer of paint over the tape.) Next, paint the grey squares. When the squares are still somewhat tacky, pull off the tape. Viola! The paper-thin layer of white paint should have helped minimize any bleeding of the grey paint. I’ve tried this on orange peel walls and it works fairly well. The trick is to pull the tape off while the grey paint is still somewhat tacky. Good luck!

  6. Wow – it’s not even my porch and I’m so excited! It looks great and I cannot wait to see the “reveal” – I know it’s going to be wonderful! Love a porch! Front or back!

  7. Rhoda, I LOVE this and can’t wait to see it all decorated and furnished!

  8. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    LOVE IT….what a fantastic job you did, inpatiently awaiting your staging/styling, yippie, Love & Blessings to you/yours..

  9. WOW Rhoda! That is such a wonderful effect and well worth your time and patience!
    I, too, am looking forward to seeing your porch all decorated- what fun the tweaking process is eh?
    Love it!

  10. Linda Coleman says:

    Beautiful!

  11. Fantastic!! Thinking about painting diamonds on my kitchen floor. Thanks for making it seem doable. :)

  12. Beth Morrow says:

    Love it…just stipped a wall in one of my bedrooms and I can appreciate the work! Looks awesome. Cant wait to see the finished project!

  13. Rhoda,
    Looks outstanding in there!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  14. Fantastic job….I can’t wait to see the finished room!

  15. Judy Clark says:

    Rhoda,

    Love that floor! Looks great. You did an awesome job! I know you will get so much enjoyment out of your porch!

    Judy

  16. I love the floor! I’ve been following the progress of your screen porch with a great deal of anticipation. I plan to copy a lot of what you’ve done on my own back porch. We’re hoping to tear out our old porch & build a new one in the next year or so.

    I do have a question I hope you have time to answer. Is there any screening under the flooring? If not, is there a problem with flies & mosquitoes coming up through the cracks between the boards?

    We’ve decided an enclosed sunroom is beyond our budget & will just build a screened porch instead. I am very delicious to mosquitoes – if one happens to get inside our house it tortures me for days until I can find & kill it. :o( So I want a very tight screeened porch with no gaps for insects at all.

    • I am wondering about preventing bugs from coming underneath the floor also. Is there a trick for that? I recently moved into house with a old screen porch in place and it just has wood lattice around the base. It’s been fun to watch progress of your porch makeover. Your floor looks really great and is inspiring…my floor is still is picnic table red.

      • Catherine says:

        My husband put screening under the floor of our children’s fort – it was basically a screen house on stilts. And that worked well. He staple gunned the screening up then applied lathing strips to hold it all tight and to prevent any gaps. Works great and looks neat from underneath. We, too, have painted a previous porch with diamonds and are about to do it for this house. Love the look!

      • Alison, we built a screen porch over an existing deck last spring and added screen underneath. It’s worked great! No bugs at all…the only drawback is the screen catches a lot of stuff from sweeping the floor! I foresee changing that screen every couple of years! :) xo

    • HI, Jen, I didn’t put any screening underneath, so we will see how it works. There are a few bigger gaps in the floor board, but I don’t think it will be a huge problem. I’ll be on the lookout for mosquitos!

  17. I love, love, love this floor and if I ever get a screened porch I will certainly paint the floors this way! Great job Rhoda.

  18. I love it! I can’t wait to see it all put together. Especially after that little sneak peek on instagram! I recently painted my deck in a checkerboard pattern myself, and I enjoy sitting out there so much more now.

  19. It looks amazing. Can’t wait to see the final pictures.

  20. OH!

  21. Karen K says:

    Wonderful! You and your dad have made this home into a beauty!

  22. Wow – I love it! I so wish I had a screened porch.

  23. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have a small floor area that I wanted to do something similar to. Your floor looks amazing and I love the colors you chose. Have a great week.
    Leslie

  24. yarlette says:

    Your floor looks great. I am always leary of painting a floor because I have seen a lot of peeling paint on flooring. How well does it wear for people you know? I love the look though. You have done an amazing job on your home.

    • I’ve had several friends paint their floors like this and it’s held up well. It does wear and rub in areas with time and furniture, but it’s not so hard to touch up. I don’t think I’ll have a big problem with mine at all. Porch & floor paint is really durable for the long haul.

  25. This looks amazing! My screen porch floor was quite a conundrum – I love the way yours turned out! :)
    xo
    Robin

  26. It looks great! I could not help but notice an electrical outlet. Since this will be open to rain, should you change that to a gfci outlet with a cover? I am a worrier!

  27. Marlene says:

    Just looks great. I can’t wait to see it with the furniture and accessories on the porch. Charming!

  28. Rhoda, you are a wonder, is there no end to what you will tackle? Your home is such a reflection of who you are. I am picturing the finished porch, I too can’t wait for the transformation. Your tutorial was great!

  29. I love it Rhoda! My previous home had painted (diamond) concrete floors and I loved them! Definitely something we’ll be doing in our new home (laundry room). Can’t wait to see your magical decorating!

  30. As always, you’ve inspired me, Rhoda. Moreso now because I’m smack-dab in the middle of moving. I’ll still be living with my mother but we’ll have a dual living situation so I’ll have my ‘own space’ to decorate any ol’ way I choose! I’m looking at this as a half-full glass, for the most part ;).

    In Mom’s upstairs space there is a beautiful deck. Since we rent, I’m thinking of doing a diamond pattern on a primed canvas, making it like an outdoor ‘rug’. Add some color and interest, but not permanent. Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. Great job! Love the diagonal look! The square tiles in my kitchen & in the sunroom are on the diagonal. It seems to create more space! Will have to try this on part of my large deck…maybe as a faux rug look?!

  32. Really looks good! Will you need to seal it or put some kind of clear coat on it?
    Can’t wait to see the porch all put together!

  33. Lucy Bradshaw says:

    Lovely! I adore your decorating style – crisp lines and gorgeous colors. Looking forward to seeing your screened porch afterwards.

  34. Cindy Pittman says:

    I’m just happy for you, Rhoda. Happy to see the gorgeous results of each room remodel, happy to see your sweet dad working away, happy to see the house reinvented before our eyes, and happy to see you taking your life and making a beautiful tapestry of it. Wow, gotta love the blog world!!

  35. Hi Rhoda…been following your blog since the beginning…and you always come up with fantastic ideas. You are one A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. lady! Thanks for all the tips!

  36. Oh Rhoda! This turned out just lovely! I cannot wait to see it all decked out with your style added to it. Now I want to paint my back porch cement….

  37. Beautiful! I cannot wait to see it all decorated. Hurry!

  38. Your porch looks fantastic!! I’ve done this project before, and it’s a LOT OF WORK! At my age now, NOPE, can’t do things like that any more.

    You and your parents have done such a wonderful job with your porch and you’re going to have a great time out there for lots of fun evenings. Tell Dad I admire him so! Rosie from Raymore.

  39. Your floor looks amazing I just might have to “borrow” your idea for my sunroom!
    I painted my kitchen this past weekend and I used Frog tape. I am a new fan! Frog tape worked amazing!

  40. This is a project I would tackle. Your porch looks amazing. My husband and I painted a floor cloth with the checks and a border.

  41. Can’t wait to see the finish deal! I ‘ve been a fan of yours since the days of Great Impressions.

    Are you putting in a ceiling fan? If so ,what kind?

    • HI, Lan, thank you so much! Wow, GI has been awhile. No, my ceiling is too low for a ceiling fan. I may do one on a stand, but right now I’ve got a little tabletop fan and it’s fine for now.

  42. Hi Rhoda-
    I love the way your porch has turned out. It is so delightful. I know you will enjoy entertaining, relaxing and visiting out there!! I am going to pin this post to use the same technique for the craft room floor in the new house. It is so fantastic!! Thank you– Tracey

  43. You know how much I envy your porch, Rhoda! My next house MUST have a screened in porch. :) I love everything you’ve done so far, and I’m sure I’ll love it even more when we see the whole thing. You’re amazing!

  44. It looks fabulous Rhoda. I was inspired by some striped wallpaper in a house I am going to feature soon. I decided I may paint some horizontal wide stripes in my entrance and hallway but wondering how on earth I can keep the tapes straight when running such long pieces down the hallway. Vertical stripes might be easier for me but I wanted to give the appearance of a longer hallway and thought it would be a little different.

    Lee :)

  45. Susan Hunter says:

    WOW! Love it, very excited for the Big Reveal.

  46. Rhoda, I love this! Would love to do this on a porch floor one day…what a great look! Thanks for sharing how you did it…you made it look so easy!

  47. Rhoda..you did a wonderful job and I so love the diamond pattern on the porch floor!!…Looks amazing…looking forward to you decorating your porch!

  48. It really does add a WOW factor!

  49. That is awesome – wish I had a porch floor to try that on … love it….

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