HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know to properly paint concrete steps.
A little welcome...right on the concrete.
Painting a concrete porch - tips for front porch paint job thissummer
how to paint your concrete steps
painting concrete front steps | ... paint the sides of the stairs so the colors will blend when finished
painting concrete steps and walkway--using Behr Concrete & Garage floor paint--use the primer first.
DYI brick face on concrete porch
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(Porch Paint by Sherwin-Williams) I would love to paint the patio cement. Nothing fancy or difficult: just to freshen it up.
Alternative to replacing the concrete steps -- use wood instead!!!