I finally knocked out the third phase of the basement stairwell update: painted stairs. As a quick recap, the whole goal here was to make the dingy entry and stairway look better using what we had.
The plan unfolded into three phases of painting. In the first phase, I painted the linoleum floor using Behr’s Porch & Floor paint.
Last weekend, I completed the last phase of painting: the stairs themselves and the stairwell walls. The walls are Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (leftover from the office). This is an interior stairwell with no windows. The lighting in this space isn’t that great. I have an idea for an inexpensive lighting update as well. I’ll have to see if it works.
Here’s how the stairs looked before. Fortunately, you can’t tell from the picture how it smelled. That runner was pretty smelly and dirty. It had been there, uncleaned, for at least 8 years.
I used 3M Scotch Blue tape to mark off my lines 7 inches from the wall on each side.
Next, I used the same Behr Porch & Floor paint on the outer edges of the stairs creating a reverse runner of sorts. I left the middle of the stairs as is. I love the way it turned out.
The space feels cleaner, soothing, and much more welcoming. The total cost was basically the price of three different paint colors, but nothing out of pocket because I already had all the paint from previous projects.
I added some fun to the space with art. See more here.
Have you ever painted a staircase? Did you pick the unpainted runner as a favorite option back in this idea post?
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