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A Shot of Color

How to Paint a Staircase (page 1 of 4)

Adding bright color and pattern to a staircase is a wonderful way to bring style and attention to a dull narrow space.

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Courtesy of Alex La Cruz

We gave a plain white staircase a whole new personality by painting the outer edges, adding stripes and stamping Xs and Os on the risers. This is an easy project that can be customized any way you want. To give your stairs a rustic look, let the paint fade and wear with natural use. For more formal or dynamic patterns, apply two to three coats of clear varnish over your design for maximum durability.

Materials and Tools

ruler, tape measure and a carpenter's square
painter's tape
paint rollers and paint trays
square paintbrush
Sherwin-Williams Floor & Patio paint satin finish (we use #6619 Sockeye, #6879 Daring, #7020 Black Fox and #6336 Nearly Peach)
utility knife

Measure and Mark the Outer Edges

Measure about 6 inches from each side of the steps. Use a carpenter's square to draw square lines on the steps and risers. Adhere painter's tape to mark your lines.

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