When we moved here, I loved all the character this house to add to offer. While I can appreciate stained wood, all that dark just isn’t for me. So I had to decide how I wanted to lighten the space all while attempting to keep some of the original charm and texture. Paint is usually the answer so I decided to use paint to lighten the rooms. I started in the entry. The stair spindles got a makeover and I wanted to share a few hacks on how to paint stair spindles without removing them.
Supplies Needed to Paint Stair Spindles Without Removing Them:
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How to Paint Stair Spindles Without Removing Them
First, I am a sloppy painter so painters tape is a must. Also, drips can happen no matter how careful you are so it’s nice to have that added layer of protection to keep you from losing your cool when it does drip. The taping off is tedious and you may be tempted to skip this step but I promise it’s worth it. Especially when painting in such a small spaces like in between stair spindles.
Taping Off Stair Spindles
Always make sure you properly clean your “canvas” with a degreaser cleaner in case it has recently been oiled or there is oil build up. Another step may be to lightly sand the surface if it’s sealed with a slick surface sealer. Again, make sure it’s dust free afterwards and cleaned before starting. Painting or staining your banister is a personal preference. I would recommend if you’re staining, that you complete that before painting.
If the banister is already staining and varnished, I recommend giving it a light sanding with a high grit sand paper by hand. Make sure you’re removing the dust once completed prior to painting. Because I used a brush, brush marks were a concern so some opt for a sponge paint application. Either will work but I found for me, the brush worked best and I just made sure to use a high quality brush.
One Coat of Primer on Spindles
I always recommend using a primer so your paint will stick. After taping off the stair spindles, I applied a layer of primer. Followed by my trim paint. It took two coats. Behr Premium Ultra Pure White was my color of choice for this project. I also used this paint for all the trim and baseboards. I will be using it for the ceiling in the entry way as well.
Painting my First Coat of Trim Paint
Painting stair spindles takes a lot more time than I had originally thought. If you’re someone who loves detail work then this is the job for you. If you’re like me, this is a less than fun project. However, now that it’s nearly complete I am so glad I did it! I still need to remove the runner and paint the risers, but that will happen once I know I can complete it in one sitting due to a busy and less than careful 5 year old and a big doggie who otherwise would slip and slide up and down the stairs.
After Second Coat of Trim Paint on Stair Spindles
I still have some trim to paint in this space and I will be painting the ceiling soon as well! I can’t wait to share this whole space with you once completed!
If you are wanting to know how to paint stair spindles black, the process is pretty much the same. It’s possible brush marks might become more obvious with this color choice, so you may opt to apply with a sponge. Just keep in mind that most spindles have details that a sponge simply just won’t get.
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