My husband and I finally conquered our stairs! They looked like they were under construction since this past June! But we strongly dislike carpet, so we ripped out all of the carpet before we moved in. This included the carpet on the stairs. We took a while to figure out what we wanted to do with them factoring in the budget and color scheme of our house. While our dream stairs would have had reclaimed antiqued wood, we quickly learned that it was not in our budget, and I didn’t want to chance it by trying to do a DIY antique stain. So the next best and bold option was to paint them black! Yes, black again…lol. If any of you saw my post on my DIY black doors then you’ll know what I mean. I got some inspiration from these two pictures below before I took the plunge!
Painting your stairs is a great way to give your stairs a fresh new look and make a bold statement on a budget! There are tons of designs and color ideas floating around on the web. I love searching Pinterest for ideas! It’s important to note that a primer should be painted on first to seal the wood and then use Deck paint because it’s the most durable paint for floors and for heavy traffic. Here are some before and after photos of our new stairs and the whole DIY process:
- 2 Small BEST Rollers. (Don’t use foam rollers because they cause bubbles)
- 2 of the smallest Purdy Paint Brushes (Don’t use cheap paint brushes because they cause streaking. I really like Purdy, they do the best job!)
- 2 paint pans
- 1 Gallon of Behr All-In-One Primer and Sealer (We had them make this primer gray since we were painting our stairs black)
- 1 Gallon of Behr Porch and Patio Floor Paint in Black (We wanted a matte look but still easy to clean so this worked best) – Painters tape
- 2 Paint stirrers
- Microfiber cloth
- Eco friendly drop cloths
Directions: First use painters tape to cover edges and prevent paint from getting in spots they shouldn’t. I decided to do this step after I painted the stairs black to paint the sides white. Second, wipe your stairs down with a damp micro fiber cloth to get rid of any dust and debris. Then start to paint your stairs with your primer/sealer. This primer took about 45min.-60min. to dry.