Today, I thought I’d take a little detour from the inside and show you our front porch concrete repair.
During our home construction, I whined to you about how the concrete guys messed up our front porch, using a broom swept finish rather than a smooth finish. Plus, there were many areas where the aggregate showed. When our builder had them come back to patch and smooth, this is what we were left with. Those aren’t wet patches- this photo was taken over 2 months after the so-called repair work. Um, yeah….
Needless to say, when we heard that Eddie was going to have the same guys come back yet again to apply a concrete paint or stain, I panicked and decided to do it myself.
After having such a good experience with Rust-Oleum’s countertop kit, I contacted them about doing a review of their deck and concrete Restore products. After researching each version, I decided that Restore 4x would work well for our situation. They sent me a couple of gallons of 4x plus a couple of gallons of wood deck primer (which I didn’t need for concrete).
Apparently, the Restore products are primarily used on wood decks because there are no directions on the can for concrete, and I had a hard time finding the info on their website. So, if you are planning to use it on concrete, here is the link to 4x Restore Concrete Tips. You’re welcome.
Because there is an optimal temperature range for working with 4x, I waited a couple of weeks for our hot and humid weather to subside, then prepped the concrete. To prep, I purchased and applied Rust-Oleum’s deck and concrete cleaner at Home Depot.
I won’t go into the how-to details, but do want to give you a heads up on using 4x. Straight out of the can, it was like trying to apply putty with a brush. I was expecting it to be thicker than regular paint since the name reflects the fact that it is 4x thicker. I just wasn’t expecting it to be THAT thick. I don’t know if that is normal, but it wasn’t even pour-able. Or stir-able. I was panicking (again), and begged Richard to come to the rescue. He muscled his way through the first coat (cut in with a brush, roll on the rest). Then, I looked over the directions again and discovered that it is okay to thin it down a bit with water. Oops! The second coat went on much easier….
Wow, I can hardly believe what a difference it made. I chose the color Brownstone, which goes well with our siding. It looks much lighter on the porch than the swatch, which always seems to be the case with exterior paints.
Some of the particularly bad areas of uneven concrete are still visible, but not horrible. I’m happy with the results- soooo much better than before, don’t you think?
One reason I chose Restore over other products was that the literature states it only needs to be recoated every 12 years. I’ll keep you updated on how it wears.
Now that we have a pretty foundation to our outdoor living area, I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do here. I had to play a little, though, so I put our little bistro table out here and borrowed the stenciled rug from our bedroom.
I’m hoping to eventually put a swing on the porch and move the bistro set into the yard. The yard will likely be a 30 year project. Even though the cleared area of the yard is still a blank slate, I love this view.
I’m looking for ideas other than the standard slat style swing. I thought about building one using a vintage door I salvaged, but it is incredibly heavy, so I don’t think it would be a good candidate. What porch swing suggestions do you have?