How To Paint A Staircase

How to paint a staircase

One of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to transform your existing staircase is to paint it. It can be a complete staircase painting project or to simply paint the spindles. Follow these 4 steps and you will be amazed by the results. Evaluate your DIY skills and consider these steps carefully.

  • Sanding
  • Vacuum
  • Priming
  • Painting

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What gear do I need?

  • Sanding paper (180 and 220 grit)
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Small and large brushes

How do I paint stair parts?

  1. Give them a quick vacuum, so you have a nice clean environment to work with.
  2. Sand all your staircase components with 180 grit sandpaper and apply a coat of primer. *
  3. Once dried, sand it with 220 grit sandpaper and apply a coat of paint.
  4. If you are not happy with the final finish, sand it one more time with 220 sandpaper and apply a final coat of paint.

Please note, these steps are for staircases with an existing finish. Remember, don’t apply a coat of paint until the primer is completely dried. Don’t forget to use a vacuum cleaner in between the primer and paint applications.

* Primer is needed if the current finish of the stair parts is not great, otherwise you can get away by only using a coat of paint.

Can I paint any timber stair parts?

You can paint any timber stair parts, but if you have walnut or oak stair parts, you may wish to leave them as they have elegant grain, texture and colour.

One of the recent trends in interior design is the combination of oak or walnut handrail and painted spindles.

Box Newel and Achill spindles

Do we stock painted stair parts?

We sell a number of white primed stair parts such as spindles, newel posts and newel post caps. These primed stair parts comes in a white colour finish and are ready for the final coat to match your interior.

Pin Top Spindles Stair Parts Front View- George Quinn Boston

Top Tip

There is a smart and quick way to paint your spindles. Find yourself a painting mitt or a cotton glove, dip it into the paint and apply it on your spindles. You can also use this way of painting for your hand rails and newel posts. Newel posts with shadow gaps etc will require a painting brush.