Dueling DIY: Black Magic

I’m done with painting the stair treads!

Milestones.  Gotta love ‘em.

Let’s travel back to when I first moved in to the house.  The stairs looked like this:

And then I painted them white and realized a dirty dog and white steps don’t mix:

Just a few short weeks ago, Charlie’s butt was perma-parked on glossy white (and perpetually dirty) stairs.  I was inspired to paint them black, but knew that this would be (very) far down on the to-do list while the dining room was unfinished.  Then it all changed when Kit decided she wanted to re-do her stairs too – and challenged me to a throw down.  Dueling DIY was born.

Thank you for your input, by the way – I’m very pleased with painting the newel post (if it wasn’t also the most awkward thing to paint other than the spindles!).

Now, the stairs are still dirty.  But they look a lot swankier.  And on top of that, I’ve found the motivation to finish off a project that would otherwise take me six more months to complete.  And on top of that, several more of you have joined in on our little challenge to get even more accomplished.  So, I should really be saying thank you for everyone who has been following along.  It’s helped more than you know to hold myself accountable each Tuesday.  And to think – all it took was a little painter’s tape, two quarts of Rustoleum’s Ultra Cover (which dries incredibly fast, by the way – something essential for a project like this), and cleaning off the stairs on a daily basis (blech).  The paint is still new, so I’m watching for any major scufs or scrapes, but the stairs were in pretty rough shape as it was.  So I’m very happy with the result!

Don’t count me out of the challenge just yet, though.  The search begins for the stair runner, and there are more walls to paint to really give this makeover some extra pop.

Remember to head over to Kit”s blog to check out her latest update as well as a few other challengers:

By the way – you can get all of the past posts of Dueling DIY here: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Comments

    • says

      Holy shit. That looks amazing! But I'm going to Photoshop a few options first to make sure this is how I want to go ($25 for each rug that only covers a few steps each is enough to make sure I really want to commit). Thanks!

  1. says

    Where do you find Rustoleum paint Sarah? They look really good but you do know black shows dirt too and the hair the dog will shed. But hey our pets are family so we put up with it. I bet it would show donkey hair too if Kit let them in the house. . .

  2. says

    They are looking great! Speaking of painting the spindles…any tips? We have an amazing staircase…with pinkish/tannish trim (including the spindles). What is the best way to go about painting them? Do you use a brush or a roller? Help?

    • says

      I haven't found an easy way to paint them. There is a mitten you can buy (which is basically like a sponge sleeve you stick your hand into so you can grip and rub the spindle with paint), but it was really large and messy. So I take a narrow angled brush and simple paint lots of thin, even coats. It looks like crap for the first few coats (because there's no easy way to cover it and the brush splits when you paint up and down), but after a while looks really good.

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