See how easy it is to repaint a porch with rollable stone coating that’s actually NOT paint! It’s a simple DIY home improvement project that can be knocked out over a weekend and adds instant curb appeal AND is more durable than regular paint.
Check out the video tutorial too!
How to Repaint a Porch with Rollable Stone Coating
About a month ago, I repainted our front porch to get rid of its sad-and-boring-stained-basic-concrete-slab look.
That was a test project since it was such a small area, and I LOVED the results so much (not to mention how easy the application was), I decided to do the same thing to our (much larger) back porch.
So, here’s the full tutorial for our back porch redo!
Here’s what I used to transform our back porch over a long weekend (I took advantage of a string of surprisingly cool and rain-free Alabama summer days):
The Sad, Ugly BEFORE
So here’s how our back porch looked before this little makeover. It wasn’t in terrible shape by any means, but it could certainly be improved.
The thing that I hated the most about this area of our home ever since we moved in was the color. The previous owners had, for some reason, chosen a paint that was a pale bluish gray. It was industrial looking and cold and just all around SAD.
Plus, its biggest fault was that it just didn’t go with the rest of our home’s exterior of red brick, cream trim, and brown porch railings.
The color wasn’t the only negative, either.
It was very slippery when it rained or after I water our hanging baskets (or when my two-year-old spills his container of bubbles all over…), so the safety of it was a little bit of an issue as well.
Also, there were stains scattered around (especially from rust dripping off the railings before I repainted them), scuffs and paint chipping away in places, and a large crack running through the middle (that looks like there had been attempts to repair but they only made it more noticeable).
All in all, the porch was in need of a simple little makeover that some paint (that’s not really paint…keep reading) and a long weekend could easily take care of.
Cleaning the Porch
The first step in this project was cleaning the porch (my least favorite task).
After hauling everything down onto the patio (SO. MANY. TOYS.), I first swept the whole area then gave it a nice bath with our pressure washer until it was as squeaky clean as it was gonna get, then let it dry for a few hours.
Let’s Get Painting!
Now it was time to paint!
Here are the supplies that I used for this step:
The paint is called RollerRock and it’s actually NOT a paint. I know what you’re thinking: “Say whaaaat, Christine?!? How did you paint if it wasn’t paint??”
According to their website:
RollerRock is the easy roll-on concrete coating that adds the beauty and durability of stone to almost any existing surface. It is a high performance concrete coating made of STONE. Paint is only a super-thin layer of color in a bonding resin that sticks to your concrete for a short time until it is scrubbed off under foot traffic or tires — or quickly scoured away by seasonal climate extremes. In contrast, the STONE that makes up RollerRock is a time-tested shield that comes to you direct from nature!
All that sounded good to me, and I especially liked the fact that NO PRIMER is required.
So after watching all their instructional videos and checking out online reviews, I decided to give this RollerRock a try on our front porch first, and since it turned out so awesome, I went back for more for our back porch redo.
Oh, and just to make things clear, I am NOT affiliated with Daich or RollerRock in any way. I just found their products on my own and really love their results!
And here’s another little FYI: that rolling seat is AMAZING! It definitely saved my back and knees while doing all the taping and painting by hand (spoken like a true mid-thirty-something…).
After covering the bases of the railings and columns with some strips of painter’s tape…
…I first started painting the edges of the porch by hand.
Now, the instructional videos provided by Daich say to apply the paint with brush strokes. I did this method on my front porch, but the results weren’t very good.
Brush strokes just smeared the paint around and left a thin layer without a lot of the textured bits, so it didn’t blend in with the center paint that was rolled on using the textured stone roller.
I ended up having to do the second coat by dabbing the paint on instead of brushing it, and it worked MUCH better with providing the texture and blended in perfectly with the rest.
So, for this back porch project, I skipped the strokes and just went straight for the dabs (no dance moves necessary).
Once I had made my way all the way around the edge of the porch, it was time to roll on the first coat using a textured stone paint roller.
This coat went on a little thin since the porch had already been painted and sealed, but still, WOW!
What a transformation already. The first coat is always so magical…
I let that first coat dry overnight then followed the same steps and applied the second coat of paint the next morning.
Later that evening, after the paint was completely dried, I went back over some spots using the brush for a little touching up. This was just to make sure the texture was even across the entire porch…because clumping would be bad.
Time to Seal
The next morning, once the direct sunlight had moved off the porch, I applied the first coat of sealer.
Here are the supplies I used for this step:
Same method here: edges by hand, the rest using a roller (just a regular paint roller this time though).
As you can see, the sealer has a consistency and look of skim milk, but it dries crystal clear with a slight sheen.
Our Finished Repainted Back Porch!
And here’s how our back porch looks after its weekend makeover!
Pictures don’t even do it justice, folks. The color is just perfect and blends in so well with the rest of our house.
And look at all of this amazing TEXTURE! Ya can’t get that with regular paint.
Now there won’t be slipping here anymore (unless you’re a toddler who likes to wear his shoes on the wrong feet and got the clumsy gene from his momma).
If you’ve got a pool deck or steps you’re thinking about painting, this RollerRock would definitely be a good option to look into.
Our porch looks AND functions so much better now.
All in all, this was a pretty simple DIY home improvement project that I am very happy to have finally crossed off my list!
I just love a good before-and-after, so here are some pictures showing the amazing transformation of our back porch.
Bye-bye scuffs and paint chips!
So long stains!
The crack is still there (whomp), but it’s definitely less noticeable now.
Check Out the Video!
Make sure you check out this time lapse video that shows the whole process of repainting our back porch from start to finish!
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