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How to Stencil a Geometric Pattern on a Deck

Give new life to a worn wooden deck using only exterior-grade paint and painter's tape to create a bold, graphic pattern.

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Materials Needed:

  • porch and deck paint for background and 2 accent colors
  • image of desired geometric pattern
  • paint roller handle and sleeve
  • paint pan
  • painter's tape
  • 3" angled paintbrush
  • pressure washer
  • broom or leaf blower
  • waterproof sealant
  • extender pole
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • burnisher or credit card

Clean Deck

Use a broom or leaf blower to clear any leaves, dust, branches or dust from deck (Image 1). Remove any top layer of grime, mildew or moss from surface of decking using a pressure washer (Image 2).

Select a Pattern

Decide on the best pattern for your deck based on layout, scale and proportion. Small patterns will require more painting time and work best for small decks. When applied on large decks, small patterns lose their impact and come across busy or cluttered. Medium patterns are ideal for small, medium and large decks, while large patterns work best on big decks.

Apply Background Color

The background color is the quickest to paint and will have a large impact on the accent colors. To create cohesiveness between the exterior of the home and the deck, consider using a background color similar to the home's exterior walls. Add paint directly to the surface of the deck, first cutting in between the cracks of each board with a 3-inch angled paintbrush (Image 1), then covering the surface of all boards using a roller and extender pole (Image 2).

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