June 10th, 2016

Stylize Your Stairs With Paint


If you haven’t heard it before, paint is the most affordable way to transform a space. With a little paint and a little patience, you can add character and style to any room—but let’s start with stairs.

Painted stairs are a great way to add some spice to an area that may be a bit uninteresting on its own. Basement and hallway staircases are prime candidates. The options are endless! Here are a few of my favorites:

Add a twist to a classic.

You’ve probably seen plenty of stair runners, and most of the time they’re carpet. To add a twist to a classic, try a painted runner instead. If you think you’ll need a little extra traction, add a non-skid additive in your paint to give the stairs a little extra grip.

Go big. Go bold.

For those flashy colors that you love, but are too much for an entire wall, try an accent with painted risers instead. It might be the perfect place for a cameo appearance.

Think industrial.

Show your mysterious side with dark risers. For a personal touch, I added stenciled numbers.

Play with gradients.

Create an ombré effect by painting each riser with a slightly different shade of the same color.

Make every riser unique.

You don’t have to choose just one style. Pretend each riser is its own canvas and paint different patterns or shapes on each one. I like to think of it as a gallery you walk on.

Once you’ve chosen your style, follow these tips to get the best results:

  • Clean the stairs with a degreasing solution and let them dry completely before painting.
  • Use painter’s tape to get the cleanest lines possible. Chances are you will need to do some minor touch-ups, but that little extra effort will be worth it.
  • Use specially-treated paint made for floors like Glidden’s Porch & Floor paint. It will stand up to scratching better than interior paint.
  • If you’re using more than one color, allow each layer to dry completely before starting the next.

Tip: if you don’t have another way to get up and down the stairs, paint every other step so you can still use the stairs while you wait for the paint to dry on the first half of the steps.

Some beautiful colors to try include America’s Cup Navy, Deep Forest Pine and Blue-Grey Slate.

Happy painting!


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.