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« on: July 08, 2008 04:10:28 AM »

When we moved into this house, there was indoor/outdoor carpet covering the front steps. It was nasty, worn, and drooping with holes along the front edges. I couldn't take it!!!
One sunny day, I ripped the carpet off, cleaned it well, and set to work. Here's what it looked like step-by-step:


I cleaned it up, then cut a roll of blue painter's tape in half to make narrower strips:

Laid out my design, using a couple of real bricks as examples:

Painted with an 'oops' color I got for $5 a gallon:

Peeled the tape before the paint dried:

Touched up a few spots.
It has held up quite well through the winter!
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008 04:15:16 AM »

This turned out fantastic! You've got some made taping skills Smiley

A project this size and amount of planning really is for the hard core do-it yourselfers.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008 04:30:45 AM »

That's awesome! Great solution for your problem and great execution Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 05:13:49 AM »

Wow! *is totally amazed!* I bet it'll look great for years, with a few touch ups here and there haha Did you seal it? That might make it last longer?
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008 05:14:03 AM »

Wow - that looks fantastic!!!! I could have sworn you bricked it!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008 05:23:14 AM »

It looks so real! Awesome job!
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008 05:37:08 AM »

Wow!  What kind of paint did you use and what did you seal it with?  Can I ask what state you are in?  I have always been afraid to paint my steps because of my fear that, come winter, the snow and ice will cause the paint to bubble and leave me with a huge eyesore.  That is an amazing transformation.   
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2008 05:55:16 AM »

Genius! It looks so realistic! I admire your patience. There's no way I could have laid down all those tape lines without going crazy.
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008 06:06:05 AM »

This ROCKS!  Makes a world of difference for your entry!  Please let us know more about the process - paints, sealants etc.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2008 06:37:56 AM »

first: fantastic job!
second: what they said...what climate do you live in? what primer? what sealer? how do you feel about inspiring a bunch of copycats?
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