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rainbow stairs?

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ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 08:47:14

I really fancy tearing up the hideous staors and landing carpet and painting a rainbow, what do you think? would it look awful?

lalalonglegs Mon 06-May-13 08:55:42

I've only seen it done in magazines and it looks great provided you get your component colours spot on, the painting is perfect and the surrounding colours on walls etc are plain to non-existent e.g.. white. Google rainbow stairs images and there is a really good example (with glass balustrade) where the nose of each step has been pointed white. It is very crisp and modern and avoids looking like a 70sccommunity centre...

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 08:57:37

I was thinking varnish the wood on top of the step and paint the face bit, walls are white in stair well banister is plain wood. Thinking quite muted colurs so almost pastely rather than brights iyswim. would have to get all the colours from the smae range I guess so it would go.

flow4 Mon 06-May-13 08:58:47

It's your house. smile If you think it would give you pleasure, go for it! smile

You may well find a tester pot is enough for one step, so it won't cost much...

And of course, the good thing about painted stairs is that, if you change your mind, you can just re-carpet them!

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 08:59:11

just googled the image yoou are ttalking off, that is about the shades I was thinking.

EffieTheDuck Mon 06-May-13 08:59:25


ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 08:59:46

flow thank you that is the argument I will use for dh wink

flow4 Mon 06-May-13 09:00:48


lalalonglegs Mon 06-May-13 09:03:59

I think painting the risers could work but the top of the step also need to be painted - preferably white. Doing it with varnished footer doesn't work, imo, there'd be too much going on.

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 09:07:11

ok so complete white gloss, what about the floor on the landing then would that be white as well? actually I can picture that, the stairs are quite dark which is why the walls are white (I dont do white)

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 09:07:49

so how easy is it to pull the carpet up and get all the spikey bits off the floor and stuff?

overmydeadbody Mon 06-May-13 09:07:56

It sounds wonderufl, I have seen lots of examples of rainbow stairs on Pinterest and would certainly do it myself if we didn't live in a flat.

The key is to have the surrounding walls white and other woodwork white or natural.

Go for it, please do! Too many people's houses are boring and safe. If you like it, who cares what other people think?

overmydeadbody Mon 06-May-13 09:14:45

another one

this looks nice

my favourite

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 09:16:34

that last one is so cosy looking, but where on earth would you find that carpet?

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 09:17:01

dh isnt sure about leaving vases in the middle of the stiarcase, thinks it might be a hazard.

MortifiedAdams Mon 06-May-13 09:17:53

I saw a great set on Pinterest that had all different shades of blue, with the top of each step painted white. Gorgeous.

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 09:22:26

there is a really nice one on pinterest that is a really pale aqua up the middle with white edges and tops. dh sais I dont know I like carpet oon the stiars so I used the argument I had just been given and he agreed if we just get a new carpet we will wonder hat it would have looked like but we can easily cover with carpet.

lalalonglegs Mon 06-May-13 09:40:09

It's easy pulling up carpet and to get rid of the grippers you just need a large flat-head screwdriver to lever them up. Do it and then post a picture.

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 13:14:31

dh has agreed so need to do serious planning now. this is going to be such a fun project.

EeyoreIsh Mon 06-May-13 13:19:27

I love this idea. Our stairs need doing anyway, we've already ripped up the carpet.

DH says no to multi coloured, but maybe to shades of the same colour.

I'm going to Google grin

forevergreek Mon 06-May-13 13:19:53

I really like the wall paper on the stairs look. You could always do in rainbow colours or in similar colour ones but different patterns/ textures

Barbabeau Mon 06-May-13 15:47:08

I'm going to do something like this when we can afford to put down wood floors everywhere in the house.

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 16:11:44

carppet is up, stairs look better already, and the landing carpet is a seperate piece so I can just leave that for now and do the stairs.

ditavonteesed Mon 06-May-13 17:59:53

first coat of rainbow done, looks a bit shabby at the moment, need second coat then the white gloss.

Jayne266 Mon 06-May-13 18:09:22

Where have you bought the paint from?

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