Can we talk punctuation for a minute?
What happened to the extra space after the end of a sentence?
A sentence that used to look like this. With another sentence after it. With two spaces after the period. Now looks like this. Now everyone types sentences with a single space. Doesn’t it look a little crammed to you? Doesn’t it make your sentence look a little like it forgot something?
Where did the extra space go and why didn’t anyone tell me about it.
Good thing there are still exclamation points!!!!
I needed them for this faux painted rug project!
It all started with the porch.
That wonderful, incredible, sweet-tea-drinking, lazy summer afternoon reading, listening to the crickets in the twilight….
….wrap around front porch.
The challenge was that this farmhouse wrap-around porch came with a busy family and muddy boots and stinky socks topped off with an extra helping of dirt. Keeping a rug clean out here was almost impossible. Or the rug would blow off the porch. Or roll up at the corners.
So I painted a faux rug instead.
And here’s how I did it.
Here’s how the porch looked when I started.
The concrete is painted gray and I added an old church pew from a yard sale and black and white fabrics.
But it needs a little sweet tea flavor.
Step 1: Draw out your rug and tape the border
Here’s the space after we’ve drawn out the rug and laid the tape.
I wanted my rug to have a 1″ border of black concrete paint and then a checkerboard pattern on the inside with black and white squares.
The border was easy to measure because we used a single width of tape as our guide.
It’s important to remember that the tape is outside the edge of the rug. In other words, you want to tape the outside of your pencil line.
Step 2: Paint the border
Remove the pieces of tape you used as a guide and paint the border of the rug with black concrete paint.
Peel off the tape immediately to avoid any bleed through.
Then re-tape the edges and paint the center of the rug with two coats of white concrete paint.
Step 3: Tape off center
Create a checkerboard pattern with FrogTape on the center of the rug.
Notice the taping pattern.
For the black squares you tape on the outside. This then creates a pattern for the white squares which are taped on the inside.
You could add a small x of tape on the squares that are not to be painted.
Step 4: Paint squares black
Paint the taped-off alternating squares black.
Peel off the tape immediately to prevent any bleed-through.
No more rolled up corners.
No more dirt (you can just sweep it away).
No more rug blowing off the porch.
Just a welcoming farmhouse porch ready for a good book and plenty of sweet tea.
And a lot of extra spaces. Between the sentences.
disclosure: this post was written in collaboration with Frog Tape. All opinions on porches and sweet tea and runners are completely my own. Please see my disclosure page for more information.