Before and After

by Natalie P.

September 18, 2007 | Filed Under Lifestyles of the Heartlessly Bitchy | 4 Comments

I’ve had a few requests to see the “before” and after pictures regarding my insane idea to re-do my front steps with the Beauti-tone “Granite Rock” finish as mentioned in my “Where did the Summer Go?” post.

I finally got around to downloading the pictures off the camera so you can see the results.  The great thing about a photo is you can’t see too much detail. Believe me, it looks much better at this distance.

Before:

The steps before


The Steps After:

After the insanity had taken hold


 

Now I repeat, kids, don’t try this at home. Unless you are a glutton for punishment.

If you simply must spruce up your concrete steps, I suggest using the Beauti-tone “Hardrock” finish – it goes one with a roller instead of a trowel –  and bypass the “faux” brick or stone finish technique. It took 3 hours just to lay the tape for the finish you see here, and 12 straight hours of work to complete the job.  Thank god for the bf, who came home from work, immediately brought me out food and beer, and ran to the store to get more Granite Rock when I realized I was about to run out and still had the final step to do.

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4 comments so far
  1. "gunner" September 22, 2007 11:43 am

    nice job, funny how the instructions always make it sound so easy…
    “gunner”

  2. Kimberly October 1, 2007 11:10 pm

    Gorgeous lady! Feel free to help a fellow sista pimp her house, will ya? Kudos! :o)

  3. Darlene April 18, 2009 7:24 am

    I used this product also a couple years ago on the floor of my front porch at my cottage, it looked great till now. It has cracked, lifted and is a huge mess. It was not cheap or easy to do and the cottage is only used 5 months of the year.It is not like it was abused, shoveled, salt etc. I am not impressed.

  4. Natalie P. April 20, 2009 8:36 am

    Interesting Darlene… It’s survived 2 Ottawa winters now, with heavy shovelling, Ice Melter, and lots of traffic, and it still looks great. There were a couple of tiny places it came up a bit, but I patched those last spring. The key, is that you have to reseal it every year to keep it up…


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