Faux painted stair runner with custom railing

Stairs to the attic were accented with a hand painted runner instead of carpet. This fresh look is very durable and fun.

Sneak Peak at the new FYH Season Projects

The new season of For Your Home premiers in September.  This season I’ll be sharing with you the renovation of a 29 year old, 3,000 square foot urban ranch that I recently bought.  Moving from 7,000 sq. ft. to 3,000 sq. ft. meant that I had to get rid of lots of stuff and find storage for what I keep.

The new house had a huge unfinished attic.  But the only access was a pull down stairs.  I had my builder install a staircase so I could easily carry big boxes and items to the attic.

The stairs of right off my new kitchen, in the center of the house. I wanted to dress them up but don’t like carpet on stairs.   I asked my friend and decorative painter, Mike Nemetz to paint a runner down the stairs.  I wanted a chevron pattern but thought it would be way to difficult. He didn’t blink an eye.  Said, “No problem.”

He started by taping off the section and base coating it with Sherwin Williams, Pure White #SW7005, latex paint.  The same color I used for the trim throughout the house.

Tip:  Mike painted the runner 26″ wide, 1″ narrower than a normal runner.  That way if I ever change my mind I can use a standard runner to cover it up.  No chance I’ll ever get tired of these stairs.

Mike got busy taping off the pin stripes along the border of the runner and then created a stencil for the chevron.  Mike only used the stencil as a guide.  He hand taped everything and then painted.  He used Sherwin Williams Repose Gray #SW7015 for the chevron.  They turned out perfect!

Once he was finished, Dan Minton, Accent Flooring, my flooring guru apply two coats of water based sealer like he used on all the refinished hardwoods.  The stairs are as durable as any floor in my house.

The hand rail was custom designed and built by Boudreaux Iron Shop in Charlotte.