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  1. Doesn’t black make it hotter in the summer?

    1. Not really! I’m sure if you’re touching the poles directly it’s more hot than when it was white, but the patio as a whole isn’t any hotter.


    I bought my home a little over a year and a half ago and the back patio is metal and I HATE it and like you, if I had unlimited funds I would rip it out and have something beautiful built but… I am a mom with busy kids that are into everything and one graduating this year and I literally sat on my back patio over the weekend after pressure washing and contemplated painting it black (since I’m painting the house a creamy white) and so to pinterest I came and it brought me directly to your post and it’s given me so much confidence to transform this mess of a patio! THANKS!!!

    To quote Cher from Clueless in my most excited voice “PROJECT!”

  3. Love! Did you tape off the roof too? Iā€™m just curious how you painted the frame and avoided over spraying the roof? I might be overthinking it šŸ¤”

    1. Nope, I didn’t! If there was any overspray it was minimal, and we never saw it, haha.

  4. I just found this, thank you SO much. I have almost exactly the same overhang roof and posts (but much uglier) over a basement door well entrance and steps stuck onto our 1956 brick ranch house. . I HATE it and wanted to rip off and redo, but too many other things come first. I thought of cladding, but like you, worried about that too. Just the other day I thought, out of the blue, paint it all black! And today found your post just from googling”how to disguise ugly metal porch roof and posts”. This is perfect for giving me an idea of how it will look!

    1. Yay! I’m glad you found it! It made the BIGGEST difference for us, so glad I did it!

      1. Thank you so much for this article! We have a house built in the 1960s, in Southern California. Although I would love to have a new patio cover built, I can’t see tearing down something that has worked perfectly good for 60 years! It’s ugly yes! That works so well! My daughter and I are going to tackle painting the trim and post black this weekend! So excited!

  5. Love how this turned out! Our front porch is a concrete slab from the 60s. It’s weather worn and I’m not a fan. I’m wondering if you’ve considered painting concrete before? I see you have a similar concrete slab on your porch. Pinterest makes me think I can do it, lol. Just wondering about your plans for the concrete and if this is something you’ve considered.