Mudroom Makeover: Painted Stairs

What do these stairs in my garage say to you?
Something along the lines of
I'm nasty
and neglected

What stairs wouldn't be saying that when they look so awful?

Nowadays, these stairs that lead up to our funky little mudroom are singing a new tune:

I went with a floor covering that would make the wooden steps and floor of the landing and mudroom washable, and would stand up to a lot of abuse from a family of five and a very large dog:  
deck paint.
I primed the steps and floors with Kilz, and then mulled over my color options for a couple of weeks, in which time my children and dog helpfully added their muddy little footprints to the white primed steps.  It soon became clear that in order to protect my sanity,  I would need to go with a paint color in the general color family of
I definitely don't need any other gentle reminds to share with my poor kiddos
{you know, besides the pickupyourroom/hangupyourtowel/clearyourplate/benicetoyoursister/turnoffthetv/doyourreading/finishyourhomework/
feedthedog/watchyourtoneofvoice/blahblahblah I have to hand out to them everyday!}

I decided to go with a painted runner so I could have the functionality of - yes - dirt-colored paint,  as well as a pretty coordinating color.  I chose not to fill all those nail holes since this is, in fact, my garage and the main goal was to make this area a little more attractive but not send me over a cliff.
See those little drips on the cement?  If you let them dry without wiping, they peel right off.

After I primed the steps, I used regular white latex to paint a stripe the width of the brush on both sides of the stairs.  When that dried, I measured and taped about an inch of the white off and painted the sides Ben Moore's "Fantasy Blue" (a fave color that I used in my last house's master bath) and the center "Mesa Verde Tan" (BM Deck Stain - it's true color is represented better in the second picture below).

I loved how the painted runner came out but decided that a whimsical something-or-other on the risers would be fun, considering this is my garage and the main entrance for the neighborhood young-folk, so I played around with different fonts and freehanded the letters.

Yep, the rest of our garage is still a mess {I'm tackling it one area at a time!}

I have to tell you that it just feels so much nicer to pull into the garage and see these stairs instead of the nasty filthiness of days of yore.

They are bound to get banged up and worn down, but I think I will like them even more then.  And if we tire of the "welcome" (I have been known to change things up once in a while!) it'll be a snap to paint right over the letters with the leftover deck paint.

In addition to the stairs revamp, the landing at the top and the kooky little mudroom got some love this summer too, and I'll be back soon with before & afters of that space.  The mudroom saga will be continued!

If you're looking for more stairs inspirations, check out the board I put together on Pinterest!

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a great weekend!

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Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Oh my heck that is fabulous!! LOVE LOVE! Come do that over here??

Emily said...

seriously love your stairs!!!

Pawleys Island Posh said...

love love love the painted stairs!!!

Desi said...

Beautiful! You are so talented and crafty!!! I WISH I was! :)

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I'm visiting from Just a girl, and it was the first link at the party to catch my eye! Had to come check it out!

Holly said...

Looks awesome, I love it!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Lisa, I LOVE your stair makeover! Such a great before and after! So fun.

Farmgirl Paints said...

It looks awesome Lisa. We painted our garage door black and added white vinyl numbers in our last house and it completely dressed up the space. Made me look forward to coming home. Great job.

Farmgirl Paints said...

It looks awesome Lisa. We painted our garage door black and added white vinyl numbers in our last house and it completely dressed up the space. Made me look forward to coming home. Great job.

classic • casual • home said...

You are FAByoulous!!! Truly... It makes me so happy to see these mud colored welcoming steps. You have great style and heart.

Privet and Holly said...

We only have two
{ugly!} steps from
the garage into the
mud room, but this
post makes me want
to do SOMETHING with
them!!! Great job.
You are soooo creative,
xx Suzanne

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi there! I'm new to your blog but just love everything I'm seeing! These stairs are just fabulous and I've been looking through your other posts to see the changes you have been making to your home and everything is just gorgeous. :-) I'm now a happy new follower!

Pamela said...

How adorable and inviting!! Great job it really looks great!!

Pamela @ pbjstories.blogspot.com

carmen0777 said...

What a great project! You just gave me some ideas for my dingy steps that go into my basement. There is hope. Not just to get the umph. :) Bookmarking!

kelly@refresheddesigns. said...

That is such a great project and what a simple way to brighten a spot in the house that most would overlook. Great job!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I love it! Makes me wish I stairs to paint ;)

Sandy said...

Wow Lisa!
Totally Fab! (as the young neighborhood folk would say).
You better get a major supply of popcorn, because with stairs like this and then saying Welcome that really looks like a "Welcome" you will never get the young folk to leave.
Maybe, you need to do something like
"stop by again when you can't stay so long" on the back of the door or something. (this is what my Mother in Law used to jokingly say when we stopped by) Love her.
But, I guess a sweet Till Soon somewhere would be nicer.

Well, you did an awesome job. Love it.

carmen0777 said...

*now (not not) :)

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

This is so wonderful! The colors, the fonts, the idea - all genius. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh my goodness lisa this is awesome! What a increadible way to walk into your home, so inviting and warm! Love love love this!

I'll be featuring it on Tuesday!

Natasha in Oz said...

This is such a great idea!!! Your stairs look so gorgeous and of course,welcoming! I love this!

Best wishes and hope you have a great week!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

I really love it! You are so inspiring- my staircase to our studio barn is so dreadful, this would look fantastic. I will let you know!!

Elz said...

So cute. I saw this on Just a Girl. What a brilliant idea. Love it!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

I love these stairs! Thet look great! Thanks for your nice comment over at my blog. Hope you'll visit again soon!

Maury said...

This is so much fun! What a great thing to come home too! I'm a new follower! I hope you'll come visit me at afabulesshome.blogspot.com

michele said...

brilliant! found you via flaunt it fridays.

come visit anytime.


The Loops said...

What a great idea! I love the colors. i'm a new follower. I hope you'll stop by!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

Lisa, I'm so glad I found your blog. Those stairs are amazing...what a transformation!

KAT said...

that is so funky and fab !

Buttercup Bliss said...

What a wonderful idea! It looks fabulous!! I am visiting from WUW :-)

A Vintage Vine said...

Great idea! I have some stairs I want to rip carpet off and do something fab looking....Just like this!!!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

LOVE this!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Update after 2 years: our stairs have held up pretty well - definitely showing wear after being the main entrance for a family of 5 plus a St. Bernard. I am going to give them a fresh coat of paint this year along with a coat of polyurethane which I didn't do last time and I think would contribute to the finish lasting longer. I'm glad I painted the stairs and I knew going into the project that they would get worn over time but I still think they look so much better than unpainted, plus I am able to mop them. I would recommend doing it!!