Stair Makeover With Paint and a Runner

2 Materials
4 Hours

Yup, I painted my stairs..and added a runner and I am a little obsessed with the way they came out!

My wood stairs were not bad before, we had already stained them a darker color when we moved in, but with two small children we needed to add some traction and warm it up some with a runner.

But first, I painted them. With the runner I wanted I it didn't look right with the stain color. So I painted them. I love how much it brightens up the whole entry way.

It really makes the wood tone of the floor really stand out and look crips and clean.

Plus, I only painted the stairs where it would if later down the line I wanted the wood back it wouldn't be such a project to strip the whole stair.

I purchased two runners that I knew would fit. They are are also indoor/outdoor carpets so they would be easier to clean as well.

Using a staple gun, I attached it at the top then did a few staples on the sides and in the back.

What was left on the bottom, I cut with a utility knife and then tucked it into trim.

That was it! I love the after and how bright it is now!

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3 questions
  • Deb
    on Nov 14, 2019

    I’m all thumbs with no skills. Can you come and do mine?

  • Michele
    on Nov 14, 2019

    Very pretty, where did you purchase the runner and what size is it?

    • Jeanne Martin
      on Dec 5, 2019

      Home Depot has really low prices when they have a sale on them too. I got 2 runners there really cheap!

  • John Grimley
    on Nov 14, 2019

    Did this years ago, I bought a couple of hallway runners from a local DiY shed. Certainly made a huge difference to the noise levels. Although I stapled the runner to the stairs, I wouldn't have minded using the old-fashioned stair runners although maybe I could use a simple net curtain rod?

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