The Stenciled Side Patio- Phase 1

I have been working like mad on the patio. Painting, stenciling, building, designing. It has been so much fun, but with the recent deadlines it has been a bit intimidating.

I love a good challenge and deadlines really get me moving.  I started the prep for painting with a party about 3 weeks off. No big deal.

pre paint

start paint

Then as we got the first coat of paint down, the deadline moved up 10 days to accommodate another party for a visiting family member. I had to get the stencil done pretty fast. I have to admit, I have never stenciled anything. I have watched over my moms shoulder when I was young but that was the extent. As usual I was taking on a huge project on a short time frame. Or at least that is what I was repeatedly told by people who had an opinion on the subject.

Then came the rain……A lot of rain. At one point I didn’t think I would even be able to get it started, much less done in 10 days!

Finally it dried up- enter the paint disaster.

I had always planned on doing a black and white patio. Unfortunately patio paint tinted dark was super watery. There was no way I could use it to stencil. I shopped around a bit to see if this was the case in other patio paint brands, but all seemed runny. I was so short on time that I had to make a quick decision on a lighter tone, in a different thicker base.

start stencil

I used every dry minute to stencil.

I think it turned out nice however I still plan on adding black on particular stars to give it some depth. Hence phase 1.

I have exactly 5 days to do this before my next party.

Wish me luck.

patio 1

patio 3

patio 4


4 thoughts on “The Stenciled Side Patio- Phase 1

  1. Thinking about stenciling my own patio…then I saw your post on the dark patio paint as I was too planning on black and white. I thought I read that you could use regular exterior paint as long as you put 2-3 coats of sealer on top. Do you know if that’s true? I do like your lighter color though. Turned out great!

    1. We heard the same thing and did a test swatch of several exterior paints we had on hand. Then my husband pressure washed the area a couple days later and it washed away! So I think a sealer could help, but I’m not sure how durable it would be. It wouldn’t work on our patio because of the heavy debris from trees we get everyday. We have to pressure wash regularly. Hope that helps!! Thanks for reading too?

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