This is the point in the project where you have been working very hard and you haven’t really seen the fruits of your labor. If you have skipped right to Part 3 because you are lucky enough to have stairs that weren’t a total train wreck, then congratulations!! You have saved yourself 5 days of work just for buying a house that had some decent stairs!
Step 4 (or step 1 if you are just joining us): caulk every seam. What is a seam? When it comes to painting once painted and you want to get a ‘seamless’ look, you can consider a seam anywhere where two surfaces meet. You want to make sure you have everything cleaned up and that there is no loose hair or dust on your stairs. You can clean them with your usual cleaning solution, then give them a quick wipe-down with tack cloth.
The trick to reeeally nice lines is to tape the seam where any surface meets the treads. Then when you are done caulking, pull up the tape before the caulk dries. You will be amazed at how awesome it turns out.
Step 5: Paint!
After the caulk dries, you will want to re tape all of treads so that you will keep a clean line with the paint as well. Since I painted everything the same color, I only had to tape the treads and then the wall where the molding ended. Again, wipe everything down with tack cloth to make sure you have a clean painting surface. This is the moment where I was so excited because everything starts to look so clean and put together!
This is after one coat of paint:
The paint I used was Valspar tinted to Sherwin Williams’ West Highland White in a Satin finish, which is what we used on all of our trim and our kitchen cabinets throughout the house.
Here is an after photo:
One more for good measure:
Doesn’t it just make your heart sing?