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. 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….

    Published on 9.17.11 · Reply
  2. 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!

    Published on 9.16.11 · Reply
  3. Nuha wrote:

    this is such a cute idea!

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

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  5. Leigh Hendry wrote:

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

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

    Published on 9.15.11 · Reply
  7. 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

    Published on 9.15.11 · Reply
  8. 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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  9. Bawled over creative ideas such as this!

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  10. Nuit wrote:

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

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  11. Kathysue wrote:

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

    Published on 9.15.11 · Reply