DIY Painted Stair Runner

We all have them - long overdue projects that get thrown on the back burner and forgotten about. This staircase was one of those projects, but we finally got her done.
I wanted a stair runner, but didn't want carpet. My solution was to paint a stair runner and I show you how in this post.
The plain white stairs were nice, but I thought they needed something more.
I started by measuring and taping painters tape in the striped pattern I desired.
The next step was to apply the stair runner paint.
Lastly, I gave the steps 3 coats of Polycrylic to protect the wood.
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Eroque022810
    on Dec 10, 2016

    Did you start out with stairs that had,had carpet on them? Then paint them white,got bored and added this runner? If so how did you deal with original stairs once carpet was off. Also is it slippery or did you add something to paint?

  • Donna
    on Mar 13, 2019

    This is gorgeous. Can you tell me what kind of paint you used?

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  • Jaime Dubey
    on Feb 5, 2017

    I love this, we just bought our house in November and we have carpet stairs. I want to do this, now just convincing hubby

  • Linda Abate
    on Feb 5, 2017

    The painted runner is such a nice way to dress up your stairway.

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