It's in awful need of a repaint - like most of the house but we're getting there! As the weather has perked up its made me look outside and see how tired and grubby the house looks. (We moved in dec)
Anyway, house is fairly typical ex council 1950s brick. We're end of terrace. It has concrete steps leading up to it and concrete all around the house as its on a slight hill and the front drops to the front garden iyswim. It has concrete? Cover going around the front door, can't knock it down as it also goes across over next doors door too.. Next doors half is painted white but I feel that gets grubby quickly. Ours is painted magnolia (yuck!) and whilst its better for grub I'm not really a fan of magnolia. I would like something a bit more sophisticated but still practical. At the moment paint is chipped and I think they used just normal emulsion...
What type of paint do I need? How do I prep it?
Most importantly what colour?! Front door is white btw but this may change when we get round to replacing windows and doors.
if it is concrete, you can use a masonry paint. They are available off the shelf in various pale colours suitable for an old cottage, plus black and chocolate brown when available, or you can go to a Dulux Decorors Centre and they will mix other colours to order (at twice the price). Get smooth, not textured. It is hard wearing and can be scrubbed or hosed. I have an idea it has a 15-year life, but check that. On bare brick or concrete, apply a couple of coats thinned with water first to kill the suction. Brush or sand off any loose or flaking material.
IMO pure white looks wrong.
You can also use it to paint stone or concrete steps, but International do Doorstep paints that might be harder wearing. They are usually red
See if your neighbour will agree to painting their side as well. It will look better.