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« Reply #40 on: July 08, 2008 11:48:57 PM »

This looks really awesome. What a great idea!

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« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2008 01:18:15 AM »

This came out awesome.  Fantastic.  I've been wanting to do this for years but priorities and a hubby have put it into limbo for now.
I love the pattern you chose!!!
« Reply #42 on: July 09, 2008 04:08:56 AM »

That is such a cool idea!
Really inspiring!
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« Reply #43 on: July 09, 2008 05:07:32 AM »

Thank you all for looking and commenting! Feel free to be inspired!!!

To answer a few questions:
* I had planned on doing this for a few months, so I kept an eye open for the right 'oops-color' every time I went into a paint or hardware store It only cost $5 for a gallon of exterior latex. I thought about spending $20+ for concrete stain, but having spilled paint on concrete in the past, and knowing how impossible it is to remove, (as well as knowing how often I like to change things up) I went with cheap.
* It took about 2 hours to rid the concrete of carpet, glue remnants, and dirt, and by then, the sun had beat down and dried it fairly well. Then it took another 5 hours to cut the tape and figure placement (I had sketched out the basics with chalk before I taped). The herringbone pattern on the landing was actually simple - I just laid the tape out checkerboard style at a diagonal, then cut out the pieces I didn't want. Sure made a diff!
*By the time I got around to painting, the sun was dead overhead, so the paint dried faster than I wanted it to, causing some of the paint to peel up with the tape - If you ever use tape to mask off a painted area, ALWAYS remove the tape while the paint is still wet! I went ahead and let the paint (damage and all) dry until the next day, then I went back with a brush and touched it up. I blocked it off for 3 days to make sure it had plenty of cure time.
* Because I did not prime the concrete, the 'grout' lines are rough enough that we had no problem with the surface being slippery when wet. And during the winter, I didn't take any particular care when shoveling the snow off. There are areas I need to touch up due to salt damage, but with a gallon of paint available, I could repaint the entire thing every year for the next 7-8 years if I needed to. But I don't. It will take all of 5 minutes to touch up the few spots that need it, and very little paint.
* Some of the worn spots actually look more like real brick because of the wear! Real brick does not have perfectly straight edges or corners. Another reason to slice a roll of cheap blue tape in half, as opposed to spending money on grout tape.
* Something I mention repeatedly on a home improvement site I go to often is - IT'S ONLY PAINT, SO HAVE FUN WITH IT!
* Regarding having me paint YOUR steps - if you lived nearby, I'd love to! I would love to get a side-biz going doing faux work, it's a matter of building a portfolio and a client base.

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments! I have not had the time to pull my art supplies out for the past couple of years, so I've been pouring all my creativity into my home. I have a few more projects I'll be posting later...

And thank you, dear Daughter, for introducing me to this site. You are truly evil!!!

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« Reply #44 on: July 09, 2008 06:05:30 AM »

Wonderful job!  It looks great!  Wink
« Reply #45 on: July 09, 2008 10:19:27 AM »

I was amazed I've seen and read about projects like this but thought no average person or crafter could pull this off and to my amazment YOU DID!  WOW!  I'm so inspired now!!
« Reply #46 on: July 09, 2008 11:42:23 AM »

Wow, that looks amazing!!

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« Reply #48 on: July 09, 2008 02:16:33 PM »

WOW is right!!  It really does look like laid brick, great job!!

I want to know...how the heck did you cut a roll of painter's tape in half??  That's the part I can't fathom.  Grin
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« Reply #49 on: July 10, 2008 04:49:11 AM »

Very carefully with a razor blade...
I just cut through a few layers at a time, using just one side of the roll at a time.

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