How to Paint Wood Stairs

If you own your own home and are considering renovating or even decorating then there may be certain areas of your home that are more in need of a face-lift than others and they are usually the most used areas of your home. The stairs offer one specific place that often needs an overhaul but is also one of the most forgotten purely and simply because many individuals either do not think to do them or dismiss the idea as too difficult. However, with a little patience, wood stairs are easy enough to paint so every aspect of your home can undoubtedly be perfect!

Where To Start

Before you start to paint your wooden stairs you do need to do a little preparation. For example, you need to plan out exactly what colour you will paint the stairs and also plan to leave them for 24 hours to 48 hours to dry. This can be a little problematic, which is why it requires careful planning. It is easy to vacate a room for a day or so but not as easy to vacate a whole floor or level of your home.

As far as actually painting wood stairs, it is easy to ensure that they fit into the rest of the décor in your home today, with many varieties of paint available for you to choose from. However, you may want to leave painting the stairs until last because they will gather grime and dirt from other renovation and decoration very quickly.

The Process

When you actually come to painting your wood stairs, follow the four steps below to get the best possible effect:

    1. Choose Your Paint – You may want to varnish your wood stairs so they look natural or paint them a colour to blend in with your decoration but you should choose the colour and do a patch test to make sure that you like the dried colour before starting.

    2. Strip The Wood Stairs – The likelihood is that your stairs are already varnished or painted. If this is the case then you need to strip them using fine sandpaper. Vacuum off the excess shavings afterwards, wipe them with a damp cloth and allow them to dry. Apply primer before you begin to paint.

    3. Paint – The day after preparing the stairs you should begin to paint them. If you can close off your upstairs floor for the day then start from the top and work your way to the bottom applying a first coat. Leave it for six hours before applying a second coat and leaving overnight. If you cannot close off your second floor then do alternate steps. However, this does mean do the other half the following day.

    4. Seal In The Colour – Finally, make sure that the wood stairs are completely sealed. Apply at last three coats of clear polyurethane to make sure that your paint is resistant to scratching and scuffing at a later date. It does need to be allowed to dry but once dry your steps are good to go.

As you can see, painting wood stairs could not be easier in itself as long as you can get around the awkwardness of not being able to use them for a day. Planning in advance will help you to eliminate any problems that arise on the day.

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