How to rejuvinate old, ugly concrete steps?


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Old 03-23-12, 06:54 PM
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How to rejuvinate old, ugly concrete steps?

I rent an old farmhouse and the front entrance is in despare. I will be planting and mulching very soonaround them but I have no idea how to make these ugly steps look better. I don't want to spend a lot of money because I rent here, so tiling ect is out of the question. I also run my dog groming business here, so it must look nice and professional. Help!


 
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Old 03-24-12, 05:46 AM
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Welcome to the forums!! Since you rent, it would not be in your best interest to make any modifications, nor spend a lot of money on this. IMO, a good pressure washing, drying and a coat of marine decking paint with a little grit thrown in for slip resistance in a color that is fairly neutral....maybe gray, would lighten it up, make it safe and de-accentuate the pock marks. The steps appear to be stable, just ugly. I anticipate our paint guru will be along shortly with better answers, so check back. Oh, pretty dog!!!
 
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Old 03-24-12, 05:57 AM
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I'd suggest using a concrete stain rather than paint. Stain doesn't need a primer and 1 coat is usually sufficient. While stain won't wear as long as paint, it only needs to be cleaned in order to recoat. Paint would need scraping and priming. Just don't forget to run this by the landlord first to make sure he's on board with anything you do.
 
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Old 03-24-12, 06:01 AM
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Oh, pretty dog!!!
I have to admit, it took me a full 30 seconds to find the dog. I was looking inside the porch windows for it. LOL

Need more coffee.
 
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Old 03-24-12, 10:30 AM
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Thanks guys! I am running to Lowes this afternoon for some chicken roost wood and will check out the stain. And thanks, Summer is my big grizzly bear Newfoundland I love her to pieces and she helped name my business name!
 
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Old 03-24-12, 12:26 PM
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See, that's why I drive nails and Marksr slops paint. He knows what is best. Brant, I originally thought the right side of the steps were damaged, until I looked closer and saw the dog's nose, so it ain't the coffee..........or maybe it is
 
 

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