If you’ve wondered how painted stairs hold up, you’re about to find out…
Our DIY painted stairs have been one of the most popular DIY projects we’ve ever written about.
I LOVE that it’s a project that resonated with you guys so much. Because it’s one of those projects that isn’t that hard, and it’s SO inexpensive! We published the painted stairs tutorial over 2 years ago.
Before we get into the pros and cons of painted stairs, if this is a project you’re seriously considering, then…
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Ever since I have regularly received emails and questions about how the stairs have held up. So I wanted to give you an update on them today.
Painted Stair Content Update! – I’ve now published a more recent update!
Click through to see how the stairs now look 5+ years after they were initially painted!!
Here’s a 2-minute video showing you the condition of these stairs after 2+ years of use, so you can see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Spoiler alert…there’s really no ugly. They’ve held up really well…
To be honest, I kind of thought initially that the painted stairs would be a bit of a bandaid. I figured we’d slap some paint on them, and eventually, when our budget was a little beefier, we’d overhaul the staircase completely.
BUT, now that I’ve lived with the painted stairs for 2+ years,
I definitely no longer see this as simply a temporary thing. These stairs have held up SO well. I’m honestly SHOCKED at how insanely similar they look today as compared to the day we finished painting them.
Sure, there are a few scuffs on there and a couple of little dings. But that is about it. And that would be true of ANY type of flooring.
And just a reminder…don’t leave here empty-handed!
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These stairs are very inexpensive pine stairs that led to an unfinished basement once upon a time.
The staircase was built for function, definitely not form. And the pine is soft wood, so dings are not surprising. But it’s NOT paint chipping off. AT ALL.
I hope that this painted stairs update gives you a little clarity as to whether you want to try this project in your own home! If you’re ready to give it a go –>> head HERE for the full tutorial.
And if you’re on the hunt for more budget-friendly home improvement projects, or home decorating inspiration, be sure to check out these ideas, too!
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Love this idea- the only downside I see is not being able to use the stairs for a period of time- what’s the timeframe I’d need to stay off them safely?
Yep, that can be tricky, Joyce! If they are stairs you absolutely need and use daily, then you can paint every other and then repeat the process after the paint has had time to cure. That said, if you check the drying time on most paints, it’s really fairly dry in a couple of hours. At least dry enough that if you carefully slink up the stairs in a pair of white socks you won’t make too much of an impact 😉