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Help, my stairs are yellow!

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Bonkers2011 Wed 12-Apr-17 15:53:23

Hi, i hope someone can help.
I removed the carpet from my stairs and i thought it would be a good idea to varnish the treads.
It took me such a long time to remove old paint and prepare them. I then chose ronseal medium oak floor varnish. I tried on one step and it was far too dark. So i bought antique pine and my tester step looked good.
So i varnished the whole lot. I am so upset with how they look.
Does anyone have any advice?

user1491572121 Thu 13-Apr-17 12:43:30

I think a better approach is a nice whitewash. Varnish is very dated....all you can do is strip them and start again.

Bonkers2011 Thu 13-Apr-17 13:53:08

Thank you, i never considered whitewash i will have a look into this. The stairs are open tread.

FadedRed Thu 13-Apr-17 14:01:06

If I were you I would live with it for a while, maybe a month or two, as it is likely that the wood will darken now it is exposed to light. If after that time you still don't like it then have a rethink.

Floggingmolly Thu 13-Apr-17 14:08:10

I'd redo them white, too. All natural pine varnish eventually turns orange, it's really vile.

Bonkers2011 Thu 13-Apr-17 14:18:01

I have just looked at a few pictures of whitewashed stairs and they look lovely. At the moment i have laminate down stairs. I think the white wash will work better with this.

user1491572121 Fri 14-Apr-17 03:21:57

Yes, whitewash looks lovely and fresh. You can do it yourself quite easily too...there are lots of tutorials on Youtube OP.

Bonkers2011 Fri 14-Apr-17 12:06:09

Thank you, i have been looking into how to do this. I didn't think to look at you tube.

PanannyPanoo Sun 16-Apr-17 09:58:07

if you don't want to remove the varnish and start again you can get varnish in a whitewash colour. ronseal do one. just add a coat or 2 to the existing varnish.

bilbodog Sun 16-Apr-17 10:59:45

Weve painted our stairs with an off white tread and different coloured risers using the colours left over from the rest of the house - subtle F & B colours, greens, yellows and blues. Looks lovely. Ive seen some done with wallpaper on the risers as well. Google painted stairs/images.

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