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How to paint stair spindles

Updated March 23, 2017

Painting your stair spindles can revitalise an old or uninteresting staircase. In addition, painting the spindles a contrasting colour can add visual interest to your room. The tight space between each spindle can make the job time-consuming and requires a considerable attention to detail. It may be easier to complete this project over a weekend. Painting your first coat at night before you go to bed will provide the spindles time to dry without the possibility of being disturbed by people walking up and down the stairs.

Sand all of your stair spindles. Wipe them down with a damp rag to remove any dust.

Use painter's tape to cover any areas at the top and bottom of your spindles that will not be painted.

Pour your paint into a paint cup or small bowl.

Use a small detail brush to paint the top and bottom of each spindle. Take care to get the paint as close to the top and bottom of the spindle as possible.

Use the large and medium brushes to cover the rest of your spindles. Avoid drips by going slowly and not overloading your brushes. Allow the spindles to dry completely.

Sand the spindles gently to prepare for a second coat of paint.

Apply a second coat of paint and allow time to dry. Remove the tape after the paint has dried.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint
  • Paint cup
  • Small detail paintbrush
  • Large paintbrush
  • Medium paintbrush
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