before and after

before and after: taryn’s lanai

by Grace Bonney

this before and after makeover makes the most of one of my favorite diy tools- stencils. d*s reader taryn mccabe explained that “instead of doing [her] homework” she decided to stencil her lanai. i’m all for school work but sometimes a little side project like this is perfect to clear your mind and refocus- especially when it turns out this well. the color is so cheery and bright- perfect for a small outdoor space like this. thanks to taryn for sharing!

ps: stay tuned for a special sneak peek next, and a beautiful vintage-inspired wedding tomorrow!

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  • I love this! My first port of call when it came to our garden was getting rid of the depressing cement patio, but damn, I wish I had thought of something this smart instead. It looks so chic.

    It makes a nice change from seeing yet another cupboard painted a questionable colour too! (No offence Grace!)

  • ok, this is just smart! so many cruddy patios on homes beg to be torn up, but people who have no time/money yet can do something like this to detract from it’s plain blah-ness, good one!

  • Very cool. I have a tiny concrete front porch slab that I am going to paint when all of our other home renovations are done. This is a great example!

  • Nice change. I didn’t like it that much at first, but the more I look at it (and visualize it in context) the more I bet it’s really cool!

    (Just to explain, my initial reaction was that the blue was too bright, but you know, you’re not staring at the floor when you’re out there, so it’s probably more peripheral and thus a nice element of the ambiance rather than in-your-face brightness.)

  • Wow! I’ll have to keep this in mind if I ever need to spruce up a patch of concrete. It looks really nice and seems really simple to do!

  • Wow!fabulous.Can you pls share some more info abt the stencil.Did you make it on your own or buy one?And if you got where and what kind did you buy?Also any idea what kind of paint to go for such kind of stenciling?Reply would be highly appreciated.Thanks a ton for sharing such a fabulous idea.

  • Thanks for all the awesome feedback! I made the stencil. I looked up Damask online and then drew one out that was a combination of the ones I liked and then cut it out with an exact knife. I used a card stock 8.5 x 11 and then just lay it down and spray painted my heart out. I did not research paint – but I thought, if spray paint is good enough for the city to put street numbers on the sidewalks – then it’s good enough for my lanai. AND if it doesn’t last – then I get to change it up and redo it in the spring : )

  • So great! On a similar note my husband is a set designer and once he needed a plain plywood floor to look like aged spanish tile. He made a stamp out of foam board with an x-acto knife and mounted the foam to a scrap of wood. That way he could do a 2-color version more quickly than with a stencil, and it looked naturally aged. If you click on my name it should take you to a photo of what the finish product looked like on stage!

  • I bet it will age beautifully as well. Once it starts to be walked on and wears away slightly it will have an aged quality that will be wonderful.

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