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DIY Warrior: How To Refurbish A Concrete Porch (PHOTOS)

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BEFORE

Kathy Price-Robinson

One day, when I wasn't looking, my once-charming front porch crossed over from shabby chic to utterly disgusting. I waited for the team from HGTV's Curb Appeal to ring my doorbell. When I realized they weren't coming, I decided to paint my own porch. I had a lot to contend with: Aside from the old paint being faded, weathered, and rusty, the concrete stairs themselves were full of deep cracks.

AFTER

Kathy Price-Robinson

I picked a mild day with low humidity for this project. You'll get the best results if you paint on a cool, dry day with little wind -- even if you're painting indoors. Heat and humidity can cause paint to blister and dry unevenly.

Above is the result: a cleaner, brighter version of the old porch -- I even had the door repainted by a pro, who also replaced the screen. Doesn't it make a world of difference? Here's how I did it:

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