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Painting stairs / floorboards

(9 Posts)
DorsetLass Wed 16-Jan-13 23:42:41

Thank you all - carpet is removed - sanding this weekend! The carpets were so disgusting I'm sorry I didn't take them up ages ago.

Toomuchtea Wed 16-Jan-13 18:30:46

I painted our stairs with specialist floor paint, which has survived my DD and her friends thundering up the stairs. It took 3 coats, but looks fine. Wish I'd done it years ago.

sheisold Wed 16-Jan-13 18:26:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

QueenMaeve Wed 16-Jan-13 18:19:35

We have wooden stairs, and 5 dc aged 2 up. No one has ever slipped on them. The stained steps and painted risers would be perfect. You can buy a stain with a varnish included in it, that's what dh painted ours with, although they were new stairs

I hope it's obvious, but don't paint your stairs with gloss paint. My cousin lived in a house where the landlord had done this, it's illegal for landlords to paint the stairs with gloss apparently because it makes them slippy, and she slipped and broke her coccyx (sp?).

Personally I wouldn't paint the stairs as anyone rushing up or down, for the phone, loo, front door etc will sound like a heard of rhinos.

Xiaoxiong Wed 16-Jan-13 11:30:09

We're painting the uprights of the stairs white and just sanding back and varnishing the treads. Hopefully that will be easy to keep clean (the old stair carpet is filthy even after proper cleaning) and won't mark. Our builder said that even specialised floor paint scratches quite quickly and recommended just going with 3 coats of polyurethane varnish.

We got DS some of those cat-paw sock/slipper things with grippy soles for walking around, could those work?

Tyranasaurus Wed 16-Jan-13 08:50:56

I have painted floorboards (though not stairs). It was very easy and looks good.

DoItToJulia Mon 14-Jan-13 20:51:22

Hi, watching with interest as I plan on painting our staircase. I have stripped all of paint off and will sand in preparation for paint.

I was going to paint every other step so that we are not trapped either up or downstairs IYSWIM?

Also ikea sell non slip tape for stairs to help with the slippiness, so was going to use that!

Let me know how you get on!

DorsetLass Mon 14-Jan-13 19:35:58

We have renovated downstairs - and have run out of cash to replace carpet on stairs/landing (which is grim - and my two year old has just carefully rubbed a bottle of shampoo into it!!) The floor boards are in quite good condition - but have been stained dark. Was thinking of just removing carpet and painting them. Has anyone done this themselves? Expensive/difficult/can I do it myself??? Also do the stairs become slippy for toddlers to negotiate?

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