After painting my
Play it again Sam Mural
in my stairs I decided I couldn't stop there!
I decided to paint a FLAG runner in the stairs!
Here is the step by step process that I used to paint it
You can read about how I painted
Play it again Sam mural
When we bought the house the stairs were carpeted
we removed the carpeting.
Underneath was just plywood so we had to buy all new stair threads adnd risers
which made this project somewhat easier
Wow! 13 risers x 13 stair threads = 26 new surfaces to paint on!!
I first primed all the stair threads and risers
I painted all the stair risers using
Olde Century paint
The color I used was Old Navy
I added a product from
to my paint to
make it durable for floors
I stained each of the stair threads using
MinWax Golden Oak
My husband then installed them in the stairway
He then installed the NAVY blue risers that I had painted
I then proceeded to measure
tape off where my runner would be painted
I basecoated that using several coats of white allowing
each coat to dry well in between.
NOT A QUICK PROJECT!!!
My stairs go up to a landing then turn
then there are 5 more steps up to the second floor
stairway looking down from top
after applying about 5 good coats of
allowing it to dry
I measured and taped off for the
( the BLUE you see is my painters tape)
first painted where the RED stripes
would be with a base coat of GRAY as a primer
as RED is a very difficult color to paint and get good coverage!
This whole process took me about 2 weeks to complete
We were still able to carefully go up and down the stairs
stepping only on the very sides of the stair threads where it had been stained
It was so EXCITING to remove the tape and see the stripes after all that hard work!!
Now it was thyme to paint the field of the flag runner!
I painted the landing in the stairs with Old Navy
the same color that I had painted the risers
Now to paint some stars!!!!!
I consulted my "in house engineer" AKA husband Pete to plan out 13
perfectly placed stars in a circle as a template
I then used a stencil to draw the stars on,
I then hand painted them on the BLUE field
stairway looking from top
completed BLUE field
I finished the flag runner by applying about 5 coats of
MinWax Polycrylic Protective Finish
to protect them
This product is water based.
This was a BIG project to complete but oh so worth it!!
Happy Painting !
"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon.
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness,
at the end of the day you don't look at it
wish you had painted something different."