personalized gift for baby
custom wedding gifts Magnolia Green Painted Stairs – A DIY Staircase Makeover pillow covers farmhouse
Views: 134 Updated: :2019-12-03

When we first moved into our new house, I knew the first thing that needed to be addressed was these stairs. I ripped up all of the upstairs carpet and had the hard wood underneath (Woo-hoo! Original hard wood floors!!) re-finished. This left me with the stairs. I ripped up the nasty old carpet, and then I thought about a solution.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

geometric cushion covers

I went to my local paint store and bought a sample? of “;Magnolia Green”; from the new Joanna Gaines paint line. When I was certain that I was sold on Magnolia Green, I took the paint sample to The Home Depot and had it color matched and mixed into porch and patio paint.

I chose this particular porch and patio floor paint for a few reasons. First, the steps weren’;t in the best shape to begin with. They are structurally sound, but the treads have seen some abuse. I knew going into this that I needed a good paint to cover the dings and divotscustom wedding gifts, and that would wear well under the feet of my young twins and Raisin. Oh yeah, meet the newest member of our family –; Raisin:

We don’;t know much about her other than she’;s a 1-year-old Yorkie/chihuahua mix, she always has to be with her humans, and she only takes orders from my 5-year-old daughter. Yes, it has been a very exciting time around here!

This is the fun part. Start at the top of the stairs. Loosen a corner with a crowbar or hammer. Then (carefully…;. don’;t lose your balance) rip back as hard as you can. I highly recommend doing this after a long, hard day. It’;s a fantastic stress-reliever and a decent workout.

In case you weren’;t traumatized earlier, here is what I found under the carpet:

Grab a phone or tablet with a netflix subscription, something soft to sit on, and get comfy. Pulling up tack strips and staples can get boring. I set up my iPhone one step above where I was sitting, binged a few episodes of The Office, and ripped up anything metal from the stairs.

My stairs were really worn, so I didn’;t worry about filling every nail hole. If yours are in better shape, you may want to. It just depends on how much “;character”; you want your home to have.

Fill any holes or cracks with wood filler. When the wood filler has dried, go back with an electric sander and course sandpaper. Sand once, then switch to medium-grit. Finally, finish with a once-over of fine sandpaper.

Using a detailing or a “;mouse”; sander will help you get into the corners on the steps.

I used one coat of primer on the treads, and three on the risers –; we had some stains peeking through. If you don’;t have this problem, one coat is fine. But be sure you have any stains covered with primer before you move on to adding white paint.

Pro-tip: kids can help with this step. Leave the final coat to the grown-ups to avoid brush marks.

I have two solutions/methods here. I used the both on this project:

I patched the plaster and added new trim. You can read all about that process here.

Taping –; Since I feel pretty comfortable cutting in and painting straight lines, I only taped under each stair tread. If you don’;t feel as comfortable, tape all the way around. The key here is this: Remove the tape when the paint is still a bit tacky, peeling the tape away at a 45-degree angle. This will get you the best, crisp line.

I painted every-other-step so that we could still go up and down while this project was ongoing.

That’;s it! I think Raisin approves ??

Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription.

Photo: Jessie Preza

Well the time has comeyou have decided to take the next step and move in with your partner. Gone are the boys drunken nights in of pizza, beer and computer games. Welcome to the nights of DIY, soppy chick flicks, nail varnish and pink scatter cushions.

Here's a sad fact that you have probably already noticed if you have ever been in the market for a new desk… They are expensive! When I was recently working on my new home office I realized that desks are hideously expensive, and frankly, there aren't many that are contemporary and cool. So many of them are fussy and traditional and not all that stylish. Well, I figured out a solution for my office that I am loving and today I am sharing it with you! This Ikea desk hack is easy, gorgeous and much more affordable than what you can find at stores that have stylish desks! Wooo hooo! Since I found such an affordable solution, I wound up with a huge desk AND a huge work table. Read on to learn how I did it.This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission which helps keep my blog up and running but it won't cost you a penny more)!Click here to read my full disclosure policy.