I Painted My Stairs and I Like the Results

@BelleStarr (61047)
United States
December 12, 2017 2:31pm CST
I have oak colored stairs. They also had a white kickback. After so many years, the stairs themselves have become worn and dirt was sticking to them and making them look terrible The white kickbacks were impossible to keep clean. I bought some gray floor and deck paint and painted the stairs. It took three coats but I am very happy with the results. I now want to paint the other set of stairs from my living room into the upstairs and the hall upstairs. This picture was taken after the second coat so I did fix any white spots you may see. It was not an easy decision to make since painting wood is something that we don't want to do normally. But, the ease of cleaning the new paint and the fact that the dirt doesn't show or stick to it, make this a good choice for us. Right now, I am trying to work up the energy to start phase 2. I do need to repaint the white woodwork along the stairs and that I will do later this week.
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• Valdosta, Georgia
12 Dec 17
It looks great! My husband is an artist so one day I want to have him paint the stairs in our house with a picture theme, like in this picture. =)
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• Valdosta, Georgia
12 Dec 17
@BelleStarr Yeah, I'm not either! Lol. Thank God for my talented husband.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
12 Dec 17
Now that is cool, I however, am no artists so just staying within the lines is enough of an issue for me lol
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@Courtlynn (66918)
• United States
12 Dec 17
Omg Jen! That's so cute!
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@Courtlynn (66918)
• United States
12 Dec 17
looks really nice! nice choice of color
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
12 Dec 17
Thank you, I really like gray and gray greens. I think with all the grands and the dogs it is practical.
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@Courtlynn (66918)
• United States
12 Dec 17
@BelleStarr yes me too, with gray.
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@jstory07 (135173)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Dec 17
Those stairs look really nice.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
12 Dec 17
Thank you, I am pretty proud of myself for getting it completed.
@amadeo (111948)
• United States
12 Dec 17
not bad there I loved it.Good for you
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
12 Dec 17
Thanks Fredo, I can't wait to get the second set done!!
@amadeo (111948)
• United States
12 Dec 17
@BelleStarr good luck there.
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@cahaya1983 (11120)
• Malaysia
13 Dec 17
You made the right decision! The stairs look really good, looks like you've been working hard with all the repainting work.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
Thank you and yes, I will feel much better when I have finished the rest.
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@Shiva49 (26248)
• Singapore
13 Dec 17
A good beginning for sure, looks a neat job - siva
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
13 Dec 17
Thank you, I tried very hard not to get the gray paint on the white, I did it with a brush.
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@Shiva49 (26248)
• Singapore
13 Dec 17
@BelleStarr One needs patience and also skill to get it right - after all we don't do it every other day - siva
@LadyDuck (460568)
• Switzerland
13 Dec 17
You did a great job, congratulations. We have tiles on our stairs, easy to clean.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
Yes, I love tile, as you can see the hall is tiled.
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@LadyDuck (460568)
• Switzerland
15 Dec 17
@BelleStarr Our stairs are made in concrete and they have the same tiles as the hall and the corridors.
• United States
15 Dec 17
The stairs look really good in gray and it's will be very nice not to have to worry about the dirt showing.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
18 Dec 17
One thing off my to do list lol I still have done the other set and the hall, I need to do it before Christmas .
@nanette64 (20364)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Dec 17
Yeah, it's a shame you couldn't have re-sanded the stairs and then re-stained with sealer (to keep the wood look). But it still looks great @BelleStarr .
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
I have resealed them numerous times already, the finish was completely worn off, I thought I would have to replace them or paint them,.
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@JudyEv (326823)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Dec 17
I know what you're saying about stuff impossible to keep clean. The stairs look really nice. I think it was a good decision.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
13 Dec 17
Yes and three weeks later it still looks pretty pristine so it is a good decision.
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@JudyEv (326823)
• Rockingham, Australia
13 Dec 17
@BelleStarr And in a few years if necessary the stairs can have another coat.
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@fishtiger58 (29823)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Dec 17
I love the gray paint, nice choice
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
13 Dec 17
Thank you, I wanted to be practical and keep it looking as clean as possible.
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@fishtiger58 (29823)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Dec 17
@BelleStarr I have carpet on my stairs so constantly vacuuming them.
@Hannihar (129688)
• Israel
13 Dec 17
You are ambitious. You did a good job. I bet you are exhausted.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
lol I was when I finished but now I need to start again.
@Hannihar (129688)
• Israel
15 Dec 17
@BelleStarr Wow, you really are ambitious to start again Belle.
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@FayeHazel (40246)
• United States
13 Dec 17
Oh nice, looks very clean and modern
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
15 Dec 17
Thank you, I like the clean modern look of gray
@Icydoll (36717)
• India
13 Dec 17
Nice job :) too good
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
Thank you. I am pleased.
@snowy22315 (171335)
• United States
13 Dec 17
They look nice. I should paint my stairs..I might be able to handle that..
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
They are so very easy to clean now, just a wet cloth.
@marlina (154165)
• Canada
13 Dec 17
Looks good. A lot of work went into this. Where do you get the energy?
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
13 Dec 17
I am very high energy, I just have it but while I was feeling unwell it did sap my energy and it is taking time to get it back. I am hoping within the next few days to do the next phase.
@MALUSE (69390)
• Germany
13 Dec 17
The moment you've painted something with fresh colours, the surrounding areas look dirtier than they are, don't they?
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
Yes and yesterday I was washing the white woodwork to see if I could make it look better.
@TheHorse (207531)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Wood? Covered with paint? I'm gently weeping. So is my guitar.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
lol I knew I would have to justify this, you really have a way with wood but these stairs had just gotten to the point where I could not refinish them. I opted for what was easy for me.
@Kandae11 (53785)
13 Dec 17
I think it looks great.
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
31 Jan 18
Thank you very much, I am pleased with the results.
• Philippines
13 Dec 17
its unique !
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@BelleStarr (61047)
• United States
14 Dec 17
Thank you, is that good or bad lol