A DIY tutorial to paint a stair runner. Give your stairs new life with a painted runner to match your style.
Is your staircase a bit tired and boring? Are you looking to add a little style and inject your personal touch to a space? That is exactly what I did on these basement stairs using just a bit of paint.
Basement Stairs Before
I started with a typical set of wooden stairs leading down to the basement. They had little carpet pads attached to each tread for safety however the red carpet was just not for me.
Basement Stairs After
Step 1: Remove old carpet pads and staples. Sand with 120 grit.
Step 2: Paint risers white semi-gloss (no need to paint center portion).
Step 3: Using a ruler and pencil draw stripes onto steps and risers. For all alternative method use painters tape just like my other painted runner tutorial here.
Step 5: Print out a star pattern onto cardstock and cut out. Then trace the star shape onto the riser.
Step 6: Paint white inside the traced star area. Then sand everything to distress.
Aging the Runner
Step 8: Apply Minwax dark walnut stain to ‘age’ the painted runner.
Step 9: Apply three coats of clear satin poly to seal.
* Steps 8 & 9 only apply to steps and painted runner part on riser. Don’t stain or poly the white part of riser.
A little bit patriotic, a bit nautical, fun for the kids and a bit unexpected when you open the basement door.
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