This post is in partnership with DecoArt but all opinions are my own.
I’ve spent the past few days working on the exterior of my home. In particular, the front steps, railings and front door. I had painted the steps red a few years ago (Concrete Steps and a Bench Makeover) but the paint was looking faded.
I decided to try and create the look of stone and thought I would use gray paint. I first painted a base coat in gray and then eyeballed it and taped off rectangles. Using a a few different colored gray paints and the same technique that I used on my bathroom linoleum floor (Painted Linoleum Floor with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), I added layers. I finished it off with dry brushing Annie Sloan French Linen and Paris Grey.
I mentioned at the beginning of the post how the old paint was chipping off my screen door and railings. I used DecoArt Curb Appeal paint in black and wow – it is wonderful stuff! It is meant for outdoor use and goes on beautifully. I even used it on my plastic planters that had seen better days! Here are the after pic of the steps, door/railings and planters.
All clean and tidy for the spring!
The chair needs some color
I agree. I may just take it off the steps!
Add a pillow to match the wreath and flowers
Suzanne, I think the chair looks perfect! subtle and doesn’t detract from the door!
Thank you, Kathy!
sUZANNE, THE FRONT PORCH LOOKS SO INVITING. i ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE STONE LOOK YOU GAVE TO THE CONCRETE. vERY NICE!
Thanks so much, Linda!
Everything looks great! I had seen the Deco art curb appeal paint and was wondering how it would look – thanks for sharing – I am off to get some for my planters and shed door.
It is awesome but does a number on your brush FYI as it is quite thick. I used it on my pots and also on the yellow rocker and it all looks fantastic 🙂
Fantastic job Suzanne 🙂 I love the faux brick, it looks awesome.
Thanks so much, Annie!
Looks brand new! Great job!
Thank you, Elaine!
I like the muted gray of the chair. It sits quietly there, not intrusive, blending perfectly with the color of the steps. Great job and great taste
Thank you, Laurel!
What initial gray paint did you use?
I used Behr Paint and Primer in One that I had already lying around my workroom and then Annie Sloan on top. Thanks!
Love the faux stone! Your porch is lovely. I agree with others, tie it all together with a pillow in the chair. Your porch definitely says, “come on up and sit a spell”.
Love it! So glad I subscribed!
Thank you, Ruth!
What can I say, you nailed it, and the result is gorgeous. I love it all, wow!
Thank you, Ivory!
Great Job!! I love it!! I did not realize you could use the Annie Sloan Chalk paint for exterior uses! I am still fairly new to the chalk paint but I have used hers once and loved it! This really inspires me to get going on the rest of my projects! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Sharon! Yes, I have used Annie Sloan on exteriors such as flower pots and steps and it has held up well! Thanks and good luck on your projects!
Marie|The Interior Frugalista
Wow Suzanne, what a difference! It all looks so elegant – just swooning over the black doors. The front steps look fabulous, especially with the hits of black. I have to say that I’m totally jealous that you can paint outdoors and plant flowers already. We still have snow on the ground.
Hi Marie! Thanks so much! We have had a very mild winter – just lucky! The night after I finished the project it rained buckets but luckily the paint was dry and survived lol! Spring is around the corner for you too!
Is the deco art curb apoeal Annie Sloan also?
Hi Marci – it’s by Americana Decor and can be found at craft stores or online at DecoArt – thanks!
Love it! Especially the gray steps! I have used Annie Sloan chalk paint on indoor furniture with great results, but have not tried it for any outdoor projects. Have you tried it on upholstery? I am debating painting some outdoor cushions on a covered porch. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us with all your projects!
Hi Elisabeth – I haven’t tried it on outdoor cushions or upholstery yet. Let me know how it goes!