DIY Paint a Porch Faux Slate with Stencil Tiles

Five and a half years ago we built a porch on the back of our home…but I never could decide how to finish the concrete. I considered staining, but didn’t like the color choices.  

I had to make a decision because between my messy projects and the messy birds, my porch needed some help. We were beginning to think the birds thought we had built the porch for them. We’ve hatched several families of wrens on our deck/ porch for the past 20 years, and their mess isn’t easy to clean up on an unfinished concrete!  


I know people say painting will be a pain to keep up…but so would staining.  Both will scratch. I opted to paint my porch faux slate with stencil tiles. Now, here’s how I did it….

There are many options on painting a faux slate. A quick Google search and you’ll find that it comes in all shapes and colors. 


Don’t let my design frighten you….It would look great to paint the floor all the same and then paint thin lines for grout. You may want to mark your lines with tape and then paint a thin line along the tape for grout. What ever you are comfortable with. Obviously, you may just faux the whole porch with no lines…It will still be impressive…

The natural concrete color works perfectly fine to use as grout, without having to paint the lines, at all. Simply tape your design, making sure the tape is pressed down firmly, and paint your slate. Remove the tape and you’re done.

Here are sample ideas of how  you might choose to layout your grout lines. I used chalk and a yard stick to mark lines…then I snapped the lines all the way across the porch.


As you can see, shape is totally up to you. And those grout lines? Nothing to worry about….they can be as irregular as you want and still be ‘right’. No perfectionist needed for this job.

Slate comes in many colors and you can choose one or them all as seen here:

I knew wanted a gray slate, in squares.  The first day I had to measure everything and figure out how far apart to make the squares. After taking measurements,  I snapped the lines across the porch and laid the tape down, securely. 

The next day  painted the white between the lines. My husband was impressed and suggested I leave it this way…not a chance. 🙂 


I cut the gray into the edges of the stripes. And filled in the blocks with gray.

I wasn’t happy with the gray and went back to the store to have more black added.


I used water-based BEHR Porch and Patio enamel. And I used Old Masters SPAR-EURATHANE outdoor, also water-based,  as my glaze.

The darker gray looked better to me. My husband said leave it this way…. Not going to happen.

Next, I drew off all the small squares and painted them. I thought this looked pretty good.

I started working on the faux look of the slate.


First paint the background, basic gray color. ( or your color of choice) Allow to dry.  Then use some lighter gray and dry brush over in irregular strokes to give a dimensional look. Do the same with darker gray. (I added some black to the gray for dark gray. And white to the gray for a lighter color.) You may also dilute it with glaze and water. This will make the layers somewhat transparent.  I used 1 cup paint to 1/2 cup glaze and 1/2 cup water. More or less..there is no exact measurement. The more glaze, the more transparent.

Obviously, the same method applies no matter what color slate you are working on…simply have a base color and faux with a lighter version of your base color and a darker version of your base color. Note the colors in the sample of various colors of slate above. There are many colors in each one, so you can’t mess it up. Who’s to tell you yours is wrong, I ask? No one…because, first of all, it’s art…and secondly, God made all sorts of color combinations  and He says they are all good.

Slate has cracked lines that are mostly straight. It also has pocked markings…I found a sponge roller was able to make the marks. After glazing a couple layers of paint and allowing to dry, I used straight paint on the roller to leave pock marks. Very quickly roll lightly over a small area here and there.

I hit and barely rolled the roller to make markings, straight and diagonal marks. It should be very subtle.  And when I accidentally stepped in the white paint, I simply rubbed my flip flop around in the gray to give even more dimension.

You probably could cut up a roller to make your own….

Next I drew a 30 inch circle in the center of the porch for the medallion.

I painted the center white for the medallion. I love this view. (below) It’s looking from the steps toward the house. Other pictures are from the house/kitchen door to the edge of the porch. 

My trusty helper-husband is a perfectionist. He burnished the medallion for me. 


Once the medallion was burnished down, we decided to go ahead and remove the backing, so I could paint it, rather than chance it curling up and coming loose, in the night air.

It’s a fairly simple process, but has to be done with care, so as not to tear the stencil.

That’s where my helper comes in….He was the kid who put all his toys back in their original box after playing with them….  Not me. I threw them under the bed when I cleaned my room. 😉

Next day I finished the stencil. Rather than just stenciling it, I wanted to paint it.

Then I stenciled the small tiles.


The tile stencils I ordered from Royal Design Studio and the medallion is a Modello Designs. If you decide to go with a large medallion over concrete, I suggest you buy one that has larger and not intricate details. 

At the end of every row are half tiles that needed stencils. They were the last thing I had to do.

I was done. I couldn’t be happier. 


When you’re finished,  you may want to seal the whole porch with the Old Masters SPAR-EURATHANE. I used water-based paint and polyurethane, because oil based will yellow over time…if you aren’t using white paint, then you may use oil based, because that’s not going to matter.

Gone is the dirty old concrete.  Now if anything spills, I simply wipe it up…and now, I don’t mind sharing my porch with the birds.  Clean up is easy.

My plan is to allow this to cure for a week. It’s not necessary,  but I’m in no hurry to put my metal tables  and chairs back on the porch….and when I do, the kids will probably find tennis balls attached to the feet of their chairs…..that ought to work for awhile….;)

Regardless, I’ll have leftover paint ready to touch up when and where needed…..

As for your project, yes, it’s a lot of work…but it’s also great fun and a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you’re all done and family and friends think it’s amazing…and trust me, they will. So have fun and don’t be afraid…after all….it’s just paint. 

Happy Painting…. let me know what you do….. 



My Daddy: His Voyage Has Ended

I rarely post anything this personal, but, the death of a parent is something most of us will face. I’m hoping this will comfort you, as it has me.

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Shoney’s Strawberry Pie a Perfect Valentine’s Dessert

I miss our Shoney’s Big Boy. I don’t know where they went…but I miss them. What I really mean is: I miss Shoney’s Strawberry Pie.  I think anyone who has ever had one will agree…it’s hard to beat. 

Even tho we no longer have a Shoney’s Big Boy in our town, I do have the recipe for their delicious Strawberry pie. Thankfully. 

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How to Please God Every Single Day


Did you know there is a simple explanation as to how to please God every day of our life? Seriously.

I read a meme on Facebook yesterday that said something to the effect that if God was good enough to wake me up this morning and let me live another day,  then I would repay Him by being better today, than I was yesterday. 

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Designer Photo Gallery on a Budget


I love taking pictures…and, as it turns out, I happen to have some of the cutest grandchildren,  ever. ….. 😉 and I also have more cute photos than I know what to do with.

It’s been three years since my daughter moved into her new home.  She has a loooong, beautiful, empty wall in her hallway. There’s at least 15 feet of wall space…the perfect place for a photo gallery!

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The Perfect Bathroom Vanity Make-Over

I’m so happy! We finally finished the vanity for my daughter’s bathroom. And it’s perfect!

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When she moved into her new home, the whole bathroom had been renovated,  except there was no vanity.  All Summer she looked for the perfect piece of furniture to use as her bathroom vanity. Finally, she found an old French Provincial dresser, the perfect size. The perfect price.  With a little TLC it really would be a perfect vanity.

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Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 5

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Last week I re-posted a long ago post from 2013 Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4,  because it was my nephew’s wedding day and my post was about a wedding….I decided to go ahead and take the next few weeks to re-post the whole series…since, after all,  it is my favorite…I hope you are as amazed at God’s detailed plan for our salvation as I always am……bless you.

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Roasted Beef Bone Broth

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It was the last week before school starts back.  I’d been helping my daughter with her children’s last minute needs, as she worked to get her classroom ready for Open House on Thursday and Kindergarteners on Friday.

Last week I put up 8 bushels of white acre peas, made 5 makings of my meatball recipe to freeze, painted and worked in my daughter’s house, marbleized her vanity top….which I will be posting about soon… and ordered her sink which came in 3 days! They install it tomorrow and we can’t wait!

In the midst of all this,  was a little discussion on a Facebook page about bone broth…and mainly about chicken feet bone broth. yikes. Some commented how unpleasant it sounded, but there’s lots of great nutritional value to be found in those little toes….Of course, you have to clean them and peel the skin off, so that leaves the feet clean and very nutritious addition to a pot of bone broth.

I’ve yet to have the pleasure of using chicken feet… 😉

As all this was being discussed, I had to make room for all my peas in my little bitty freezer. I came across some beef bones I had used before and froze to use again, that were in my way.   I decided to make a new pot of Roasted Beef Bone Broth and that’s when someone asked for the recipe and I realized I had never actually posted it……I said all of that to say this: here you go. Roasted Beef Bone Broth.

Roasted Beef Bone Broth is so good and so nice to have on hand for a warm cup of broth and to use in all sorts of soups and sauces.

I found a butcher who was nice enough to help me with my bones. He cut them into about one inch pieces. I brought them home and placed them on a baking sheet.

beef bone broth tray

I  roasted beef bones for 45 minutes at 400*.

beef bone broth roasted

After roasting, remove the bones to a stock pot and the fat (tallow) will be rendered and  left in the pan.


Save it to cook with!

beef tallow

I had 2 pints of tallow.   The picture below shows one pint cooled, the other, still hot. I store it in my refrigerator and use it to cook with.

tallow hot and cold

Once the bones are roasted, add bones to a large stock pot.

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Cover bones with water, Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea salt. Allow to stand about an hour. then proceed with recipe.

Bone Broth beef pot

Add celery, onion, carrots, garlic, pepper, egg shells (great calcium) and simmer very gently for 18-24 hours. Yes, you may cook over low heat in a crock pot.

bone broth beef veggies

Strain and cool. Remove fat on top. Ladle into jars to freeze (be sure to leave an inch for expansion in the freezer)  or into a container to store in fridge. It will keep about 2 weeks in fridge.

The next day, after it is completely cooled… this is what you want. This is the goody.

beef bone broth congealed

Congealed broth is full of collagen and tons of minerals needed by our bodies for optimal health. You can read my post on the benefits of bone broth here, which include reducing inflammation, symptoms of arthritis and reducing joint pain, not to mention,  promoting healthy hair, strong bones and nails. But one of the best reasons to include Bone Broth in your diet is its ability to heal a leaky gut which is the root cause of many autoimmune diseases.

If your broth doesn’t congeal quite to this degree, never fear. It still has great nutritional value that exceeds anything store bought.  Just remember….This is the goal. 🙂

To serve,  season with salt, pepper and your favorite herbs or/and seasonings and enjoy a cup of broth.

bone broth cup

Or use bone broth to make soup…. French Onion Soup is awesome with bone broth. Use your bone broth for sauce or gravy or simply enjoy a cup.

Bone broth may be made with any bones or combination of bones. Here is more info on bone broth on my Easy to Make bone broth recipe.

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Roasted Beef Bone Broth


  • Raw Beef Bones (5-10 pounds bones) or more:)
  • 2 -3 TBLS Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs)
  • 1 TBLS Sea Salt
  • 1 TBLS Peppercorns
  • 2 large onions coarsely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks coarsely chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, quartered
  • 1-2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Your choice of Seasoning salt, salt, pepper, spices, herbs


  1. Place bones on a shallow roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes in a 400* oven.
  2. Remove pan of bones from oven.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, spoon bones into 6 quart Stock Pot. (Or your large stock pot)
  4. (The roasting pan will have a good amount tallow which you can pour up, once cooled, into jars to use for cooking.)
  5. Cover bones in 6 quart stock pot with water.
  6. Add onions, celery, garlic, carrots, bay leaves
  7. After simmering 4-5 hours I usually remove vegetables with a slotted spoon: carrots/celery/onion/bay leaves and continue to cook.
  8. Simmer bones, on the lowest heat, in broth 18-24 hours
  9. Allow to cool in pot. Add seasoning herbs now, to steep as it cools, if you like, or wait and season by the cup or recipe.
  10. Once cooled, strain through a sieve and pour into freezer containers or jars to freeze or refrigerate.
  11. Season with salt and pepper and/or seasoning salt or herbs
  12. Delicious by the cup... or use in soups, sauces, and gravies.
  13. Incorporating bone broth into your family's diet is beneficial for everyones health.
  14. **May be cooked in a slow cooker.
  15. **I turn my stove all the way down to the lowest temp, so that it is barely simmering. This is especially important at night. Rarely, do I add more water.
  16. **The bones may be cooled and either frozen until you are ready to make another batch or go ahead and start another batch with same bones and new vegetables. Bones are good until they are soft. You may add various other bones to this recipe: lamb, oxtail, pork etc.
  17. Enjoy.



Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4

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My nephew is getting married later today.  It’s Saturday morning and I stumbled upon this old post I had written three years ago, to the day….about another beautiful wedding……I took it as a sign that I should share it again…This post is part of a series about pictures of Jesus in Genesis, one of my favorite topics.  I hope you enjoy and have a blessed Sunday.

Did you know that Adam laid down his life for his wife?  Sound familiar? Of course it does. We know that Jesus laid down his life for our sin.  And we’re looking for pictures of Jesus in Genesis… [Read more…]