8 Ways to Spruce Up a Deck With Paint

Give your tired wooden deck a bold and refreshing update with exterior paint. Start by painting a single hue, or try more daring patterns in a variety of colors.

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May 14, 2015

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Solid Color

Designer Cortney Bishop perked up her outdoor room with a blue flat finish paint that she splashed on both the floors and ceiling for a bold update. See the full transformation from HGTV Magazine.

Solid Color

A plain backyard was transformed into a Balinese paradise with the addition of a dining deck and outdoor table. Designer Jamie Durie painted the deck a relaxing sage hue to create a more Zen-like atmosphere.

Solid Color

Located in Jacksonville, Fla., HGTV Smart Home 2013 is a colorful, shingle-style vacation spot surrounded by lush landscaping. The often-used wraparound porch ceiling is even painted in a semigloss shade of beachy blue. See more deck pictures from HGTV Smart Home 2013.

Painted "Rug"

Outdoor area rugs are best when they can be swept or even hosed off before company arrives. Simply use painter's tape to tape off a rectangular design, then apply exterior paint in colors of your choice. Follow the step-by-step instructions.


Instead of staining deck boards, use paint in a variety of colors to create stripes. Here, an entry deck was added to a kids' playhouse and painted in alternating black and white stripes to continue the color scheme. See the complete playhouse makeover.

Geometric Pattern

Feeling bold? Use painter’s tape to create an expansive geometric pattern in a variety of colors. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn taped off large hexagons and used a palette of fuchsia, turquoise and white to bring color to a worn outdoor space. Follow the step-by-step instructions.

Checkerboard Pattern

To coordinate with the black shutters and white shingles on the home's exterior, the wooden porch boards were painted an eye-catching checkerboard pattern.

Abstract Pattern

If you feel comfortable freehand painting, then let your imagination be your guide. Just always make sure you're using paints or stains made specifically for outdoor use.

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