Our Painted Stairs Reveal

Painted stairs, a fun project I’m excited to share here today.
stpainted numbered staircase


Our Painted Stairs Reveal

This is our back staircase.

Way back in March, 2010, I did a post about the “before” stairs, with various painted stairs.

Since these steps only lead to the home gym over our garage, I thought it would be fun to do something a little out of the ordinary. 

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do…

I looked at a lot of different inspirational images, and eventually chose a hybrid. 

It took me forever to get this project accomplished, and it’s still technically not done. 

Our interior designer Lauren, helped me to narrow down my ideas, pick some paint colors and find a skilled painter. 

I sourced the banister stair rails by using window hardware from Restoration Hardware and the rope is from my local hardware store. 

However, now that I’ve seen the finished project, I know I need to get some sturdier rope, probably from a marine supply store. 

Does anyone know of a good source?

PS: Why it’s ok to paint over hardwood floors!

painted stairs with numbers on risers
What do you think of our painted stair runner, would you try this idea?
I’m pretty happy with the way it looks, it’s so fun and eye catching!

Additional painted stairs ideas:


Don’t miss this post for even more helpful paint colors for your home’s trim.

before shot of staircase
the “before” shot – with our plain old stair risers
numbered stairs with rope
The inspiration aka the original painted stairs idea I love how the natural wood still shines through here.

Hope you loved this somewhat quirky home decor idea!

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  1. These look absolutely amazing! Like to die for. Great job Sue!


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  2. I love how you take a picture and then make it your own in your home. Your staircase looks great and now wondering why I didn't think of the rope idea for our railing. We have a very narrow steep staircase and a railing takes up to much space so this is a great choice. Thank you for great inspirational ideas.

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  3. Cara wrote:

    so cute and loving the rope railing 🙂
    Lilac and Grey

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  4. David Toms wrote:

    You again have brilliantly interpretaated a look, howver this time you have done it better than the 'original'

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  5. Shut it! It's amazing! I'm in love!

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  6. Very cute! 🙂


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  7. You are on a roll!! Love it!!

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  8. Love this idea! It turned out so much better than the inspiration!!

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  9. I actually like yours better Sue, well done, what a great project, looks fantastic!

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  10. Shelley wrote:

    Oh I LOVE!!! I've always wanted numbered treads in our house, they're just so fun 😀

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  11. Love it! How fun! If you go to http://www.ropeinc.com I remember they had a real heavy duty rope, (used it for my nephews boat/sailing inspired room) it was really heavy duty and great looking. Thanks for sharing this great project it will certainly make going to the gym a happy experience, coming AND going!

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  12. dreamday wrote:

    oh,i love it! anything numbered catches my eye! great lighting also, pulls it all together.

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  13. Elena wrote:

    those stairs reminded me that when I was little I always counted the stairs from my house.

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  14. Kathy wrote:

    You definitely put a terrific spin on the inspiration. What a great space! Have you thought of painting your air vent the color of the walls? k

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  15. Kathy wrote:

    p.s………metal chain would look great as well….complimenting the fabulous light fixtures. k

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  16. I Dream Of wrote:

    How clever! I love it – especially the rope. Well done!

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  17. I LOVE this- the rope is amazing and I love the coloured banding…I've been trying to convince my parents to number the stairs at the cottage- I think it's just so charming!

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  18. You are on a ROLL with the fab reveals!!! So fun, love the rope and the numbers. you are amazing!

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  19. I love this! So fun and artistic. Will we get to see the gym? That's so amazing you have one.

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  20. Angela wrote:

    Love it!

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  21. Kathysue wrote:

    Love love it!! I like anything with a number on it and the stairs is a perfect spot for counting!! Kathysue

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  22. Nuit wrote:

    so cool!!! again, it's better than the inspiration!

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  23. Bawled over creative ideas such as this!

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  24. Looks great! I've seen Sarah Richardson do this in a couple of places and I love the numbered stairs. Cute rope too. 🙂

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  25. Sue, what an amazing job you have done!
    I can only imagine how hard it would have been to line up all the numbers.. Mamma Mia!

    Fantastic work – I'm very impressed!

    x Charlotta

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  26. Hi Sue, this is the place to try: http://www.stairropes.com/ They are amazing! Good luck!

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  27. Leigh Hendry wrote:

    You might also consider industrial cable if the rope stretches too much.

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  28. babe. what are you gonna do when you get EVERYTHING in your house done! looks great! donna

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  29. Nuha wrote:

    this is such a cute idea!

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  30. annie wrote:

    I hope these stairs are easily seen from a major part of the house…it would be a shame for visitors not to see them. Love the color and the numbers, the rope hand rail and the light fixture…well I guess I love it all!

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  31. pve design wrote:

    "Throw me a rope!' ….up those stairs.
    I would go to a "Yacht" store if there is such a thing and get a nautical sail rope…I love that chunky knot at the end….

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