One Step At A Time

By Cindy Collins, Owner, Designer at Romancing the Home at Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors in Buford, GA.

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The berber carpet on our rear stairs was old, dirty and worn, so we decided to rip it out.  It seemed like a good idea at the time, but like a scene from the movie, "What Lies Beneath", the stairs were scary, ugly and rough, really rough.   I wanted the look of dark hardwood floors, but the cost of replacement stair treads was way out of budget.  As a long time furniture upcycler with General Finishes as my "go to" for products, I thought why not use it on the stairs?  Epiphany!   So I filled and plugged all of the gaps and what seemed like millions of nail holes with wood filler.  After sanding the steps, risers, and handrail, I painted them with two coats General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint. I then painted the risers and trim with Behr Marquee enamel in Falling Snow.  To protect the finish, I followed up with multiple coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.    Luxury Vinyl Tile was installed on the landing.  A striped runner was added and I now have the look I wanted at a fraction of the cost!  

Products Used

  • General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint. General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin, and Behr Marquee enamel in Falling Snow.

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