Painted Stairs

The carpet in our house is really unbearable – especially the stairs.
So over this rainy week (while Marc was away on business) – I took that yucky, crap carpet on the stairs out !!!!
A woven berber that was so stained, dirty and flat. We agreed with the landlord that we could find a new runner for that worn, high traffic area of the house.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I would find under there but anything was better than dirty old carpet. Unfortunately, the pine was moldy and had paint over-spray, dirt and debris from construction under there. I swept it….
bleached washed and sanded all of the wood then once it was all dry – I used Bin primer to paint the whole thing.
Then I coated the stairs with a Lowe’s color called Artichoke. I will have more time to shop for carpet runners when school starts but until then – this feels much cleaner – even though it is just a pine and plywood staircase.
I washed down the walls and repainted the white baseboards. I darkened the orange tint oak hand rails a little to match the wood floors.
I am so much happier.
Marc and the kids even like it better.
Anything is better than gross carpet!
Crisp and clean stairs – at last!


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Cheri Covrett

I'm so glad I came across this. I'm wanting to rip our carpet off the stairs also. It is so dirty. I thought about adding oak flooring to our steps, but my husband thought the wood steps would be slippery. Have you had any problems with that? You have such a beautiful home.

Heather Fletcher

I LOVE what you did with the stairs. I'm hoping to do the same at my house, but how did you transition back to the flooring at the top of the stairs? I have carpet on the 2nd floor landing. How would I transition to that? Thank you!

Heather Fletcher

The stairs look fantastic! How did you end them at the top? Is there carpet on the landing at the top of the stairs? I'm looking to do the same thing. I love your ideas!!! Thank you!


I had a question…is the paint slippery at all, or did you use a special paint made for stairs? Thanks


Love the change this and the \”wood\” flooring made. Do you plan to rent long term? I own a rental property and can tell you how much it means to have a great tenant. If you renew your lease I would definitely negotiate if they try to raise the rent 🙂

Sandi~A Cottage Muse

WOW…love it!!

annie hearts

Wow, you've really been working hard! Your house is lovely.I love the signs: Let it be and Feed the birds!!Annie XO

Julia Terpstra

Hello Friend!What a difference! Wowza. I can't wait to see what you find for a runner. (Not that it even needs one, gosh it looks amazing as is!)With kids back to school are you busier or do you have more free time? I'm SO BUSY. I feel like a taxi driver with 3 in 3 different schools with no bussing. I'm off to check out your vacation pics… xoxo jules

Angela Ryder

So much better than the carpet! I tell you what, if you were my tenant, I'd let you have free reign!! Beautiful!~~Angela

chateau chic

I agree, anything is better than carpet, especially on stairs. I hope your landlord appreciates the fabulous improvements you're making on the house!!Mary Alice

Linda@Coastal Charm

Awesome makeover Holly…much better than dirty carpet indeed!Blessings,Linda

Susan Homeroad

Holly it looks so good already, you are making me want to tear up the ugly carpet on my stairs! What if you painted a runner down the middle of the stairs? I am loving the white and artichoke and the railing looks so great too! Beautiful! Susan

Christine Vandormolen

you just made me so jealous….I sooo hate my carpet on the stairs…I wish I was handy like you…..will have to wait to pay someone to do it for me….LOL…great job as always

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Wow, the difference is SO dramatic! It looks fantastic. I would love to stain my bannister a darker color, but I'm afraid I'd screw it up.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic

Holly!! You did an amazing job!! I'm loving the new look, forget about the runner 😉 you are always so inspiring. ~Shanon


your landlord must love you, holly:) this looks awesome! the darker banister–fabulous new look!

Patty Sumner

Holly those look great. The wood looks like finished staircase wood. I have the carpet pulled off mine (awful job and soooo dirty) but the wood is rough..I thought about painiting but I would have to do a lot of finish work even to paint..Love yours! Blessings!


I have almost the same staircase. Would love to know what you used to darken the stain on your rails.


You could rent my house anytime and have free reign to work your magic. Any landlord would be happy to have a renter who leaves the place in better shape then when they arrived!


Your stairs look awesome now! You are such a good renter. I bet your landlord loves you! You take such pride in your home and make the home better than you found it.


Has your landlord seen the amazing things you can do to a home Holly? If so I bet they have no problem with you making updates. Glad they agreed to pulling up the carpet. I can bot even get my hubby to agree to that!;) Looks fab.

Katie Mansfield

Your landlord is blessed to have you as a renter. That looks so much better!


Looks wonderful!!


A thousand times better!


I really like it now, I would even skip the runner. Great paint color choice too.


Looks wonderful! Just curious though as to what you did for the landing at the top of the stairs? Did the carpet continue there?

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

gorgeous! love the darker look!


Love the painted stairs. You really did a wonderful job. I think I like it better without carpet.Mary

Therena Taylor

What a difference, it looks beautiful, I love the darkened wood!

Shabby chic Sandy

It looks great–and I agree–carpet is kinda gross. I am constantly cleaning ours. Your landlord should be happy–seems like it would be a lot more renter friendly. Is it slick? We don't wear shoes in the house and with my luck I would fall down the stairs. I wanted to do this in our last house–but was afraid to try it. Good job!

Gee Singh Newbanks

Such a crisp and fresh colour combo. Your landlord is not going to let you leave. Hahahaha. He knows he's got a good thing going on.Happy weekend. Hugs, Gee

Jeannie and Linda

What a great idea, I think the stairs look great just the way they are.Jeannie

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting

Holly your stairs look FABULOUS!!


That looks SOOOO good and it feels fresh and clean, I bet. It's amazing what a little elbow grease and some paint can do- GREAT job- xo Diana

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

It looks so awesome! You are such a hard worker. Your land lord is really getting his money's worth!


So much better the new painted stairs. You have been a busy lady of late, loving the new looks around the house. Diane

Elizabeth BlueClearSky

So much better already Holly! I'm sure that was a ton of work. The rail colour change is remarkable. What product did you use and did you have to sand first? We just finished spray painting the hardware on our lower handrail and I'm dying to lose the orangey colour!

Denise Duffy

What a huge difference! I would think that your landlord should LOVE you!