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Rainbow Stairs DIY

Author Emma Chapman


  • paint samples
  • nail hole filler
  • sandpaper or sanding block, fine
  • paint brushes
  • painter's tape


  1. Before I even bought the paint samples, I laid out the paint chips to make sure I was happy with the progression of colors. I’m a visual person, and it always helps me to take little steps like this to see if I’ll be happy with the final result before spending too much time on a DIY project.

  2. After wiping down the stairs, I used the above nail hole filler. After it was completely dry, I sanded the surfaces smooth and then cleaned off the stairs again.

  3. Tape off the areas you will paint. You may also want to use a small drop cloth as you work from top to bottom.

  4. Starting from top to bottom, paint the risers. I only had four brushes so I had to clean them in between at times. I also needed two coats of paint, so I had to wait for the first coat to fully dry. I worked on this project over two days. After the paint is dry, remove the tape. If needed, use a very small paint brush to fill in any small areas if the tape wasn’t sufficient.

Recipe Notes

I should also mention, if your stair risers aren’t already white (like mine) you may need to prime them first after taping off but before painting the colors. I didn’t need to since they were already white.