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Update a Basement Staircase With Paint!

Our depressing basement stairwell got a facelift with board and batten on the concrete walls and a new coat of paint on the steps. I ripped up the old carpeting, pulled out all the staples and painted the treads with Sherwin Williams enamel paint with SharkGrip added to make it non-skid. The risers were painted different shades of blue/green/purple with all the leftover paint samples from our basement remodel. We had a carpenter cover the block wall with sheetrock and add the board and batten treatment.
BEFORE- our basement steps were dreary and dark concrete and carpet. Ugly.
A sneak peek into the AFTER!
Colorful staircase- we had lots of paint samples to use. :)
Close up of painted basement staircase
"During" photo of staircase with carpet removed and concrete block wall covered with sheetrock and board and batten.
Love the way this project brightened our basement!
Sharkgrip- buy it at Lowes or Sherwin Williams, add it to paint to make wood stairs nonskid. Highly recommend it!
"Before" of staircase looking down-- you're not gonna believe how amazing this view is now in the full reveal. Check it out on my blog! Click the link below to see the full makeover!
"After" of staircase looking down (with board and batten)
Painted staircase with board and batten

To see more: http://unskinnyboppy.com/2013/03/painted-basement-steps-with-board-and-batten/

  • 3popps
    on Jan 17, 2012

    What a clever way to use all those samples. Nice.

  • AK Complete Home Renovations
    AK Complete Home Renovations Marietta, GA
    on Jan 17, 2012

    You can't IMAGINE all the paint samples we have sometimes. We were hoping to get creative with some school projects - but great idea Beth!

  • WallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson
    WallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson Alpharetta, GA
    on Jan 17, 2012

    They may have been samples. . . but they were GOOD ones. I really likee the color palate.

  • Cheryl H
    Cheryl H Shepherd, MT
    on Apr 12, 2012

    Really like this, carpet gets dirty. Im going to do this as well.

  • Melissa C
    Melissa C Richton Park, IL
    on Apr 13, 2012


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