How to Paint Stairs Quickly and Easily

How to paint stairs step by step
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Want to give your stairs a fresh new look?  Knowing how to paint stairs can achieve this for a fraction of the cost of replacing carpet, or even the staircase itself.

All you need to do is a little prep and the right paint for a hard-wearing refresh. Do it right and your stairs will be looking good for years. Follow our step-by-step guide to the perfect paint job. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.