After repointing and sealing the back slate steps, they were looking SO GOOD! The final step was using Polyblend Grout Renew in “Natural Gray” to stain the cement-colored Quikrete to a more natural looking color. I first learned about Polyblend Grout Renew back in 2015 when I used it to lighten the mortar in the laundry room and upstairs bath. Back then I’d used “Platinum”, so had to go to Home Depot for the “Natural Gray”:
I poured a little into a glass jar:
And used paint brushes to carefully paint it onto the mortar:
SO MUCH NICER:
A few days later I went back to Home Depot and bought another bottle of Polyblend Grout Renew in “Charcoal”:
I’d had a brainstorm that it might make the light mortar staining look less obvious. I created a “wash” using mostly water with a bit of “Charcoal” mixed in, and drizzled it over the stains, then used my hands to spread it over the stones:
I was amazed at how much better they look! Up close you can tell there’s color over the stains, but from afar they look wonderful and nearly perfect:
Quite a difference from when I started:
Last weekend I took Darwin out the back door for the first time. I think his little mind was BLOWN:
So many things to see, hear, & smell:
He even walked onto the cement of the BRIDGE! I was incredulous. He’s such a scared-y cat that it was totally unexpected. So unexpected I left my phone on the steps so didn’t get a picture! Mostly he sprawled on or in front of the steps, while I drank my tea. We both enjoyed the beauty of the day:
Here is a before and after picture showing all the work I did on the back/laundry room door, steps, and surroundings. Much better curb appeal!:
What a difference from beginning to end! You did a great job – a lot of work, but certainly well worth it!
Darwin obviously approves! Nice upgrade and a nice park at your doorstep.
Yes, he loves it! And it’s been awesome for Jim and I to sit out there with our tea/coffee and watch the world go by. With masks of course…