I’m finally painting my staircase and sharing all the details!
One of the projects that have been on my list for years is transforming my staircase. The staircase has a cherry oak color which is similar to our floors and I really wanted to modernize it with some black paint. Well, I finally started painting my staircase a few days ago and I am so happy I did because it looks completely different.
Our traditional home has evolved over the years as I’ve worked hard to make it our own. I love certain traditional elements but my transitional style loves clean and crisp lines. This is why I love black paint so much and have incorporated it into our home. Well, that’s why I went with black paint for the staircase.
I recently applied peel and stick wallpaper to our upstairs hallway and that alone made a world of a difference. It’s stunning.
Supplies for painting my staircase:
- Deco Art Curb Appeal Black Paint (I won’t need more than 2 bottles)
- Wooster Shortcut Brush and small angled artist’s paint brush
- Handypail cup or another cup
- Frog Tape
- Deglosser (also available at Home Depot)
*Before I say more, I want to say I’m obsessed with this paint. I have now used it on our garage door, front door, dining table and kitchen backsplash. It’s resilient, has no odor and has a beautiful glossy finish. I obviously won’t know how it will hold up but I will say it’s holding up beautifully with all my other projects. There has not been one scratch on my backsplash. You also have to scratch it pretty hard on the banister to remove the paint whereas regular latex paint is a lot weaker and will chip or scratch off easily.
Now that you have all your supplies, let’s get to it!
- The first thing you want to do is wipe down all the areas you want to paint. Wearing your gloves, take your rag and wipe down the banister or other areas with the deglosser.
- Since I’m not sanding, this helps to remove some of the gloss from the handrails. This stuff is stinky so you may need to open some windows if it’s not well ventilated. I only use this when the kids are not around.
- I recommend using a tarp and some frog tape. I didn’t use either but that’s only because I’ve been painting forever and am over confident in thinking that I won’t spill. I’m also quite lazy and hate taping. BUT don’t be like me! Lay tarp down to protect your carpet or floors. Tape around all the edges so your black paint doesn’t bleed.
- Pour the paint into a cup and start at one end. With the small areas, use the small artist’s paint brush. Then, take your Wooster brush and do a light first coat. My favorite Wooster brush is my go-to brush for all painting projects.
- You’re supposed to wait a couple of hours but I let the first coat dry for two nights since I didn’t have time.
Omg how good does that look? I love it so much!!!!!
Since we have a double staircase that has an intermediate landing, I have my work cut out. My plan for now is to just paint the handrails aka banister. I’m leaving the ballusters for now but am thinking that the treads need to be painted. The treads are the steps where it’s still cherry red. One of my readers suggested white to blend with the ballusters and I’m thinking that may be a great idea! One other project down the road is to remove the carpet and install runners but another project for another day. Wouldn’t that look amazing though?
Getting in between the ballusters is a bit of a pain but I think the results are worth it. Plus, there’s the added benefit of reflection during the painting process. It’s quite therapeutic. It’s also testing my flexibility skills as I reach for the little nooks and crannies.
So, who’s ready to paint their staircase?
I’ll keep you updated since I’m doing a really fun hallway makeover in the next couple of weeks. My hallway is coming together quite nicely!
Thanks for reading!
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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