Painted Playroom Stairs

We needed an inexpensive way to redo our basement stairs to our recently finished off playroom space. My husband and I decided that painting the stairs would cover up the plain and worn wood, and give it some visual impact as well. It was a simple project, and it has held up great over the past six months.
This is the finished product. We went for a set of three stripes.
A power sander was used to sand the steps down. They have always been plain wood as this was originally the steps to the unfinished basement until we completed our playroom this year.
Just after two coats of primer the dark stairway became light and bright.
We painted them white, and then used leftover gray paint that match our wall color to paint simple stripes. My husband just eyeballed the measurements really. It was not something we spent a lot of time on. For more information and the final reveal of many of our playroom projects head on over to our blog.

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  • Nancy Hiatt Nancy Hiatt on Nov 04, 2015
    What kind of paint did you use? What sheen? I'm looking for something that can stand up to a lot of wear since we use my stairs all the time.

  • ....did you use a bit of " sand' added to the paint..? I always used a ' slightly sanded" paint for stairs, it helps with them not being so slick that one could slip on them, and its not " gritty" or anything like that.


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  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 05, 2015
    We did this several years ago and absolutely love it. It really dresses up the steps. I would be interested in knowing how well it holds up putting some kind of poly finish on it. If you use your steps multiple times daily like we do, you can expect to repaint in about a year. Heels and toes of shoes constantly hit the risers and leave marks.

    • Thanks. I figure we will have to do that at some point. However after six months they still look great. Probably because my kiddos don't wear shoes mostly and my twins scoot down on their bottoms still. :)

  • Renata Renata on Nov 05, 2015
    Great job. Love the look