Then, immediately afterward it rained so we found a cover for them. Then we went down town as it seemed likely to rain for a bit.
When we came back, we painted them again. Immediately after it absolutely pissed down and stuffed up the paint job. I swear the Weather Gods heard the noise of the paint tin being opened. So this afternoon, the front steps got their third coat of paint. This time it didn't rain and there was much rejoicing.
* may bear no resemblance to reality.