What is the easiest way to paint stairs?

Painting stairs presents some obvious problems. They’re a key part of your home, allowing you to move between bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and other living areas. The easiest way to paint stairs while still living in the house is to do it in stages. Paint every other stair during your first session so you can still walk up and down using the unpainted stairs while you wait for the paint to dry.

First, you need to decide what color you want to paint your stairs and purchase the paint. You also need to purchase a slip-resistant paint additive to prevent your stairs from becoming slippery. While you’re buying supplies, don’t forget to get some painter’s tape, which makes it easier to paint your stairs neatly.

Begin by lightly sanding down your stairs to create a fresh surface for painting. Wipe them down with a damp microfiber cloth to remove dust generated by the sanding. Apply painter’s tape to the walls around the stairs to protect them from stray brush strokes. Paint all the risers and every other stair tread in your chosen color and then wait a few hours for them to dry, depending on the climate you are painting in.

Once the paint is dry enough for you to stand on it without smudging it, you can paint the remaining stair treads. Consider marking the dry stairs with tape to help you remember which ones are dry and which ones are wet.

If your stairs are made of wood, you should use a large bristle brush to apply the paint in the direction of the wood grain. Rollers are suitable for use on cement stairs and allow you to quickly cover a large area.

Depending on the material that your stairs are made from and the type of paint you use, you may need to apply a second coat to get a perfect finish. If you need to do this, follow the same steps again (except sanding) to give each part of the stairs a second coat of paint.

Now that you know how to paint steps the easy way, are you ready to try it for yourself?

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