Rainbow Stairs DIY

Rainbow Stairs DIY

Recently, I painted the stair risers rainbow, which turned out to be a very satisfying weekend project—and I loved how it turned out! Elsie helped me pick out the colors. We were aiming for something a little more muted, and of the 13 stairs, we wanted to lean a little more into warm colors than cool. It feels like a fun little surprise when you open the door that leads upstairs—it’s whimsical! 🙂

Here are the stairs before I painted them rainbow. Another goal I had was to fill a lot of the old nail holes and small cracks/crevices before painting. Since we had the floors refinished a few years ago, the white really shows off how chewed up these old wood stairs actually were.

Supplies:
-paint samples (I used interior latex paint in an eggshell finish)
–nail hole filler
–sandpaper or sanding block (fine grit)
–paint brushes
–painter’s tape

Step One: Before I even bought the paint samples, I laid out the paint chips to make sure I was happy with the progression of colors. I’m a visual person and it always helps me to take little steps like this to see if I’ll be happy with the final result before spending too much time on a DIY project.

Step Two: After wiping down the stairs, I used the above nail hole filler. After it was completely dry, I sanded the surfaces smooth and then cleaned off the stairs again. This took longer than I thought and was WAY less fun than painting the colors. Ha. But I filled so many holes, it was insane.

Step Three: Tape off the areas you will paint. You may also want to use a small drop cloth as you work from top to bottom.

*I should also mention, if your stair risers aren’t already white (like mine) you may need to prime them first after taping off. I didn’t need to since they were already white.

Step Four: Starting from top to bottom, paint the risers. I only had four brushes so I had to clean them in between at times. I also needed two coats of paint, so I had to wait for the first coat to fully dry. I worked on this project over two days.

After the paint is dry, remove the tape. If needed, use a very small paint brush to fill in any small areas if the tape wasn’t sufficient.

Here are the BEHR paint colors I used, from the top to the bottom:

Best in Show N550-3

Big Surf M460-3

Summer Dragonfly M440-4

Pesto Paste S370-5

Chilled Wine M310-5

Honey Nougat S250-3

Trick or Treat M220-4

California Coral M190-4

Priceless Coral M180-4

Indian Summer M170-5

Tea Room S150-2

Bubble Shell S160-3

Red Clover S150-4

Thanks for letting me share my rainbow stairs DIY with you! xo. Emma

 

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Rainbow Stairs DIY

Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • paint samples
  • nail hole filler
  • sandpaper or sanding block, fine
  • paint brushes
  • painter’s tape

Instructions

  • Before I even bought the paint samples, I laid out the paint chips to make sure I was happy with the progression of colors. I’m a visual person, and it always helps me to take little steps like this to see if I’ll be happy with the final result before spending too much time on a DIY project.
  • After wiping down the stairs, I used the above nail hole filler. After it was completely dry, I sanded the surfaces smooth and then cleaned off the stairs again.
  • Tape off the areas you will paint. You may also want to use a small drop cloth as you work from top to bottom.
  • Starting from top to bottom, paint the risers. I only had four brushes so I had to clean them in between at times. I also needed two coats of paint, so I had to wait for the first coat to fully dry. I worked on this project over two days. After the paint is dry, remove the tape. If needed, use a very small paint brush to fill in any small areas if the tape wasn’t sufficient.

Notes

I should also mention, if your stair risers aren’t already white (like mine) you may need to prime them first after taping off but before painting the colors. I didn’t need to since they were already white.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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