Are you tired of the dingy carpet that covers the stairway in your home? If the stairs are visible from other rooms, this can create an eyesore. Removing the carpet and painting the stairs refreshes the area, improving the appearance of the home. While you are at it, paint the spindles and risers, giving the staircase a makeover.
You will need:
• Low-luster porch and floor paint (for stairway treads and staircase rails)
• Semi-gloss paint with primer included (for spindles and risers)
• Pry bar
• Staple remover or flat screwdriver
• Shop vacuum
• Portable floor sander
• Microfiber rag
• Painter’s tape
• Drop cloth
Step 1: Remove the carpet and carpet padding from the stairs and dispose of it. The pry bar can be used to pull the edges of the carpet away from the wall. Use the staple remover or flat screwdriver to remove staples anchoring the carpet padding to the floor.
Step 2: Vacuum the area thoroughly. Lightly sand the stairs with the portable floor sander.
Step 3: Dampen the microfiber rag and use it to wipe the stair treads. Wipe up any pooled water with a towel and allow the area to dry.
Step 4: Use the painter’s tape to tape off the area surrounding the risers. Paint the risers with the combination semi-gloss paint and primer. Allow the risers to dry.
Step 5: Tint the primer with the color selected for the treads. Apply this to the treads, serving as the first coat. Paint every other tread. Allow a minimum of eight hours to dry and then paint these treads with the porch and floor paint. Allow adequate drying time and paint the remaining treads, leaving time for them to dry between each coat. Apply a second coat, if needed.
Step 6: Place the drop cloth on the stairs. Paint the spindles, taking your time and being careful. Allow these to dry and apply a second coat of paint, if necessary.
Step 7: Tape the top of the spindles and then paint the posts and rails. Use the tinted primer as the first coat, let it dry, and then apply the porch and floor paint as the second coat. Allow the paint to dry and apply a second coat, if needed
Step 8: Review the area and apply touch ups.