Design Home Decor

Must Have Mondays ~ Refreshing the Entry Way

October 5, 2014

After years of looking at this when I entered the house…

…I decided I wanted a change. The stain on the stairs had turned orange over the years and I wanted a fresher, lighter, more updated look.

First I cleaned the stairs: sanded, vacuumed, sanded a bit more and vacuumed again. I taped off the risers and treads with frog tape (my favorite paint tape).  Then I wiped it all down with a damp cloth and let it dry.

Next up – my favorite paint.

(for me, it’s high gloss)

This paint has amazing durability and leveling properties so when you paint it over wood grain, it comes out smooth and glossy.  And the coverage is great.

I am in love with the results!

Here is a close up of the railing.  This was done with two coats of paint. When you paint the railing, remember to paint underneath as well.

It took less than a quart of paint and under $40 to change the overall look of my foyer.

The entire foyer looks brighter and fresher.

I know there are many people out there who would “never” paint stained wood, but the days of having all the wood stains in your home match have long since gone. I have discovered that homeowners are embracing a much more creative way of decorating.

Remember, your home is a reflection of you.  Have confidence, make the changes you want and embrace them.

I found some great photos on Pinterest of updated stairs and banisters.


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  • Reply Susan T October 6, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Looks beautiful! So crisp and clean 🙂 Simple elegance.

  • Reply GayVanBeek October 6, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Susan you are SO sweet.

  • Reply lala October 12, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Amazing – I have the exact same staircase in my colonial, even the same picture frame moulding & wall color!!! I have been debating painting my handrail white after I painted the risers, but have been to chicken to do it. After seeing yours, I absolutely LOVE how it looks, so I am going do it!! Thanks so much for sharing this – you have helped me make a decision on the railing which has been making me crazy.

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