There are elements in our homes, like stairs, which are a functional necessity but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a stylish part of your design too. Painting the stairs is not only a great way to add colour to an area of your home it’s also the perfect solution to refreshing a surface when refinishing is not in the budget.
Like with any project, preparation is a very important step. Before painting, wash floors thoroughly with hot water and ammonia (I like to mix it 50/50) to get rid of any dirt, grime, or residue from floor cleaners then sand thoroughly to make sure your paint sticks well. A high quality latex porch and patio paint is a great choice because it will dry relatively quickly with little smell and can be tinted to thousands of colours.
TIP: You will probably need to get up the stairs at some point. Try painting every other stair first. While going up will be a work out at least the stairs will be functional.
Plan out your timeline carefully. Depending on humidity and temperature, latex paint will take anywhere from 4-6 to dry enough to LIGHT foot traffic. If this is a high traffic area, consider applying a clean water based sealer to the floors after the paint is fully dry (usually the next day).
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