Paint changes everything, right? Okay, yes I’m a painter so I’m a little biased, but it’s true; so much so that I decided to paint my wooden staircase. It had seen better days and I wanted a change. I didn’t realize just how much just a few coats of paint could really change things, but it did.
It’s really simple and is nothing more than you’d do to paint your walls. Here’s what you need to know.
Painting Your Stairs
Please replace any worn treads. Don’t just paint over them. This is for your own safety. Don’t worry, they’ll look just like the existing treads once you paint. Whether you have to replace one or a bunch, do that first.
Next, it’s time to sand down the stairs. Pay close attention to worn areas – sand them down well. Your efforts will pay off in the end. Next, you probably guessed it – primer! I would never paint without priming, it’s just necessary. Why take a chance in the paint not adhering right or not lasting for a long time? I don’t know about you, but I want my paint to last as long as possible so I can work on other fun projects throughout my house.
The thing I love most about primer is you don’t have to be super careful with it. I can slap it on knowing that the paint will cover it up and that is where I need to focus. Once you are ready to paint, make sure you tape the trim and walls. No reason to make cleanup any harder than necessary.
When I painted the stairs, I used a sprayer. It was so much easier to cover the large area. It’s up to you how you want to paint. If you don’t have a paint sprayer, rollers and brushes work too, it will just take a lot more time.
Decide how many coats you want. I wanted two because I wanted the change to be dramatic. Oftentimes, one coat is enough – this is up to personal preference, though. If you really want to get dramatic, paint the base of the stairs one color and the treads a contrasting color (black and white for example). You will get great contrast and a dramatic look that I promise you will love.
Are you ready to paint your stairs? Trust me, give it a try. Do it in an area like the attic or basement first. Then you can decide if you like it. The beauty of painting a staircase is that if you don’t like it, you can always cover it up with hardwood, ceramic, or carpet, so it’s not like a permanent change if you are unhappy.