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How to Paint a Staircase (page 3 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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Apply Paint to Outer Edges

Paint the outside areas of the steps and risers. If necessary, apply two coats. We did our first coat in a coral undercoat, then came back and topped it in a coat of red.

Paint the Black Stripe

Paint the 1-inch stripe. We used black paint and applied it with a foam brush. Remove the tape and let these sections dry thoroughly.

Paint the White Stripe and Center

When the paint is totally dry, tape off the black stripe and red section. Paint the remaining areas — the center of the step and riser, as well as the 1-inch stripe between the black and red.

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