How To Paint Stairs - with Rust-Oleum Chalky Furniture Paint

How To Paint Stairs - with Rust-Oleum Chalky Furniture Paint

First impressions count and if you are looking for an inexpensive way to refresh your hallway, why not spruce up your stairs. Whether you’ve just removed an old carpet, need a new lick of paint or its a job you’ve been meaning to get around to, our how to guide ensures you get the perfect finish….

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint Staircase

What you will need:

Tools needed to paint your stairs

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint


Wood Filler

Cleaning solution and cloth

Masking tape

Paint scraper

Paint roller & tray

Dusk Mask


  • Preparation is key to any painting project! Once the carpet is removed, remove any remaining staples, nails and fixings. 
  • Make good and cracks and holes with the wood filler (ensure to use a wood filler as you need a flexible finish). 
  • Remove any loose paint and sand down any rough areas or where you have filled to create a smooth surface. For areas which are extremely rough or where you’d like to remove a finish use a rough sandpaper with an 60-80 grit. Then finish with a 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface ready for painting.
  • Hoover up all the dust and clean with a cleaning solution or Zinsser’s Universal Degreaser & Cleaner and allow to fully dry.
  • Now you are ready to paint, thoroughly mix Rust-Oleum’s Chalky Finish Furniture Paint so you get a consistent colour. 
  • In this instance we are going to apply a different colour to the tops of our stairs from the risers. Therefore start by painting the risers in your chosen colour we have used Chalk White. Apply in thin even coats rather than one thick coat as this will stop drips and last longer.


How to masking tape the stairs


  • Once the paint is dry use masking tape, we recommend FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painters Tape, to mark out your design.
  • Apply the final layers of Chalky Finish Floor Paint in your chosen colour, we have used Winter Grey. If you have a busy home paint every other stair so that you and your family can still go up and down, then paint the remaining stairs on the next day.
  • Finally, allow to dry and admire your new hallway. 


Finished stairs with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint

Did you know? You can also use Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint on the banister and railings too so you can give these areas a refresh at the same time.


Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint Stairs

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