Stairs

Stenciled Stairs

What You'll Need:

  • Precut stencils: Main motif such as alphabet or other folk art design and small geometric center of motif
  • Liquid or crème stencil paint
  • Stencil brushes
  • Stencil adhesive (optional)
  • Painter's tape (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Hard-lead pencil

Instructions:

  1. Mark the center of each riser for the location of the small center motifs. Position the larger motifs in the space on each side of the center mark. Hold the stencil in place with tape or adhesive.
  2. Load the stencil brush with paint, and tap it onto a paper plate until most of the paint is removed. Pounce the paint through the opening in the stencil.
  3. Carefully remove the stencil. Repeat for the large motifs and the center motifs. Let the paint dry. Seal the stencil with clear sealer.

Wallpapered Stairs

What You'll Need:

  • 2 coordinated patterns of floral wallpaper
  • Black-and-white check self-adhesive vinyl paper
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, or scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut and apply one pattern of wallpaper to the risers and to the outside wall of the stairway. Adhere the second pattern of wallpaper to the wall, cutting carefully around each step.
  2. Using a rotary cutter of scissors, cut the self-adhesive vinyl into strips. Apply the strips directly under each step and along the edges of the wall pieces. The strips add a decorative border and also help to seal the wallpaper to the wall.

Sponged Stairs

What You'll Need:

  • White and blue latex paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Natural sea sponge (available at crafts and paint supply stores)
  • Paper plate or paper towels

Instructions:

Coat the risers and woodwork with white paint. Tear off a fist-size piece of natural sea sponge. Wet the sponge with warm water, then wring it dry. Lightly dip the sponge into the blue paint, then tap it onto the paper towel or paper plate until most of the paint is removed.

Gently dab the sponge on to the stair risers, repeating until the color becomes faint. Load the sponge with more paint, and repeat the process.

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