Relevant Tips on How to Paint a Stairwell | Complete Tutorial


How to Paint a Stairwell – Yes, painting your staircase properly matters a lot in your home. Happening that gives you the first-time visit at your residence and believe me the first thing I will like to check is how your house is being painted. 

Most people fail to understand that the staircase is one of the focal points of your home and you need to give it a good look in order to impress you living there, as well as your visitors. 

How to Paint a Stairwell

Some painters find it difficult to understand the ethics and norms of their profession thereby doing the wrong thing that’s why we’ve decided to put together these helpful tips on how you can paint the staircase well.  

I hope you will find it interesting and certainly put it into practice to boost your experience. Happy reading 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Materials to Use in Painting a staircase 

Just like the normal painting of a building, painting a staircase does not require special paints or material. Here is the normal material that required in painting a staircase; 

  • Primer 
  • Paint (Emulsion, Acrylic or Texcote paint) 

Tools Used in Painting of Staircases 

As a professional painter, I have worked with differs companies such as Julius Berger and Impato, and I have come to know that there are tools you need to use in painting a staircase properly as outlined below; 

  • Extension ladder/Scaffold 
  • Sand Paper 
  • Paint Brushes 
  • Paint Roller 
  • Scrap cardboard 
  • Drop cloths 
  • Painters Tape 

How to Paint a Stairwell 

1. Examine the Surface of the Wall

Before starting to do the normal work, what you should do first is to check the surface of the wall to know if there are cracks on it or an unsmooth surface which you need to sandpaper it. 

After checking the surface of the wall you will then decide if you are to repaint the wall or to varnish the surface. In addition to this, it will help you to make your choice of colors to use on the wall so as for it to fit in with the existing colors of the main building. 

You might also decide to check which scrape out old paint from the wood but find it difficult to do it, so I’ll outline the possible ways you can remove paint from either soft or hardwood below; 

  • Applying stripper to remove the paint: If the paint was applied over undamaged varnish, stripping it will only be messy, not difficult. 

However, if the varnish used during the old painting has deteriorated, the paint may lie in the grain of the wood, and removing it may require extensive and careful work with stiff brushes and strippers. 

2. Know the Drum of Paint Required 

This is another key factor you need to consider as a painter after choosing your desired colors combination of the paint, you need to know if one drum of paint will make the whole work or not, therefore make an estimate and if you are estimating 5 pails of paint, please add extra two avoid frustration along the line of painting. 

3. Know the Concentrated Areas of the Stair to Paint 

Yes, it has come to the point where I will show u how and where you need to paint in the staircase to give you a perfect job. 

  • Wall Surface 
  • Walls Around Railing 
  • Handrail 
  • Balusters
  • The  Steps 

The above mention points should be your main area of concentration while painting the staircase. 

1. Painting the Wall Surface

It’s quite unfortunate that some people do take the painting of the wall so hard when it’s not. Yes, the wall should be the first point you should paint in the staircase irrespective of the fact that you will find differs challenges. 

Sometimes while painting the wall surface, you may probably come across some rocky part of the wall which you need to scrape and use to sanding paper to smoothen it. 

2. Painting the Walls Around Railing

As the second on my list is the railing, so is the normal way you should follow while painting, after you are don’t with the wall surface, the next point to concentrate on is the railings of the staircase. 

Here is where you will use the extension ladder or Scaffold since the height will certainly be high. You need to use the ladder so as to reach the point you want to paint. 

NOTE: Please avoid hanging the paint on one side of the ladder because it highly risky and you can miss easily miss your step and definitely fall down. 

IMPORTANT: Use a scaffold platform with two ladders, clamping the plank to a step on the top ladder. Adjust the other ladder until the plank is level. Painting the lower walls may require only one stepladder and a scaffold plank.  

Be assured that the plank is leveled and clamped to the ladder and always move the plank down the ladder and steps as you are working. 

3. Handrail

When you want to paint the handrail, this is where you will now put the painter’s tape to work by carefully masking off the steps with heavy butcher paper. 

Beginning from the top of the stairs and using a 2-inch trim brush. 

Use the roller to paint the handrail first and then use your brush to make sure that all surface of the rails is being painted appropriate without leaving a point. 

Also, each section of the handrail must be brushed with the grain. 

4. Balusters 

Painting the baluster is another hard but not hard part of the profession. When you want to paint the baluster with another colour, just make sure that you mask the point with your masking or painters tape to avoid the colour of the baluster touching the main colour of the wall. 

5. PaintingThe  Steps

Like, I am not saying that you should begin to paint the tiles. What I mean here is under the stair steps. Just paint the walls under the staircase to give your work a nice outlook like Microsoft. 

if you want to paint the main steps, make sure that you demarket the painted and non-painted when the paint is to yet dry to avoid punishment work. 

Important Notice

  • Avoid painting dripping while doing the work 
  • Alway mask the necessary point 

Final Note

Having come to this phase of this article, I believe that seen from here the best way you can paint a stairwell without making mistakes. 

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