10/12/09

Painted Stairs


When the carpet on your stairs looks like the main thoroughfare in a truck stop you might want to consider another option.  Paint them.  That's what Puffer Progress did! Love it!


You don't have to have fancy hard wood beautiful grain steps... you can fake it with paint.  No one stairs at your floor grain.  They stair at the black path of yuck that has been beaten into the center of your stairs... okay, that's where I stare.  I won't even notice your steps have a grain because I sacreligiously paint all natural wood grain with the exception of my piano... some things are super sacred.

I love the look of a center runner... the carpet ones look nice but really... who's taking those out to clean?  Nope, I'd much rather sweep my steps with the fake paint runner instead.

Of course, these are super shiny and clean.  I'm sure you'd have to Windex them every day to make them look this good.  I'll be sticking with a more forgiving color.

You see, compared to the black greasy grime of well trodden stairs, any paint job will do.  Right? 

Photo credits: Flickr and Apartment Therapy

10 comments:

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I just love the staircase, I think it looks so chic and wonderful..thank you for sharing, the look is so timeless, love it love it...

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the dark with the white!

Aura said...

I really love that look. My parents are remodeling their house right now and putting wood floors everywhere but the stairs because they think it would be too hard to peel off the carpet. I'll have to send a couple of these to my mom!

Pam said...

I am sooo with you on this wood. We have some stairs by our back door with carpet. They still filthy. I have mentioned to my hubby on several occasions that the carpet needs to come off so we can just paint them and be done with it. I would much rather grab a broom than lug a vacuum up and down them. His only concern is keeping the dog off of them for the drying paint duration. I think I almost have him converted, though.

TheOldPostRoad said...

Beautiful pictures! I have painted stairs (white kick board with tops that are natural wood). I desparately need to clean up some nicks in the white paint!

Simply Susan said...

I would love nothing better than to rip off all of the carpet on my stairs and paint them, but when the house was built the stairs weren't finished out that great. I would definitely have some to do with what they put under that carpet :o(

Deidra said...

I keep staring at that ugliness on my steps. I'm ripping it up tonight. Thanks!

lkjatl said...

We had our back stairs painted at one time, with a runner...but then decided to carpet them when we carpeted the rest of the upstairs. Well...we are now in the process of putting hardwoods upstairs and have decided to go back to the painted stairs only this time using the two toned black white effect! No more dirty pathways up the middle!!

S. Bennett said...

Great collection of photos and very unique! Something similar to this can be done by painting directly onto the sub-floor if the stairs don't have "better" wood over the top of it. For more info see: http://thriftyrefinement.blogspot.com/

Katerina said...

Your black stairs look amazing! What kind/brand of black paint did you use and what sheen?
Thanks, Kat

 
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