Finally! My stairs are completely made over. And I did the stenciling part for just one dollar! OK, so I happen to do a lot of crafty stuff and have a few supplies around (although this project takes nothing too fancy), but even if you have nothing the most this project should set you back is still under $20.
Today, I just want to focus on the stenciling part of this project. Then later this week, I'll post pictures and details about how I got the staircase from dull and carpeted to fresh and white! By the way, we don't wear shoes in the house (a Japanese custom that stuck after leaving Tokyo), so I'm not too worried about the painted white stairs getting dirty. Staining the treads would be a good option if you are scared of white paint.
I was inspired by this Jonathan Adler lamp here.
After playing around with the pattern (I almost always do graphics with my word processing software) I cut the pattern into a plastic report cover from the dollar store.
Supplies you need. Hopefully, you already have some of this stuff ...
1. A plastic report cover from the dollar store. $1
2. An X-Acto knife or similar blade knife. About $3
3. Print out of a pattern (click here for the pattern) Free
4. Painter's tape about $3
5. Cardboard or cutting board to protect your table when cutting stencil. Free
6. A stencil brush. About $3
7. Paint (I used 2 leftover pots of sample paint). $3 per sample. If you paint the treads you should use special floor paint.
8. Polyurethane (optional). About $5 for a half pint.
9. Small brush for touch ups. $1
10. Spoon or putty knife to press painter's tape to steps.
Total from $1 to $19
To make your stencil:
1. Print out your pattern.
2. Cut the clear plastic report cover in half down the crease.
3. Put the pattern face up underneath the plastic sheet. Tape in place using painters tape.
4. Tape the plastic sheet to a cutting board or thick piece of cardboard, so you don't scratch the table.
5. Use X-Acto knife or similar blade knife to cut the pattern into the plastic
6. Do not cut pattern to the edge of the plastic sheet. Leave a border of uncut plastic around the edges, at least a 1/4 inch.
7. The height of the stencil should be at least the same height of your stair risers and the width should be as wide as you can make it while still leaving the 1/4 inch boarder on the sides.
Now you can start stenciling!
For my stairs I used leftover paint. This is fine for the risers which were already painted with several coats of floor paint, but I would not use anything but floor paint if you decide to stencil the treads, too.
How to stencil:
1. Start by putting painters tape all around the edges of the risers and press the tape down with a spoon or putty knife.
2. Starting on the far right, lay your stencil flat on the riser and use a few pieces of painter's tape to hold it in place.
3. Dab some paint on the stencil brush. Be careful not to get too much paint on there or your design won't look so sharp.
4. Dab the brush all over the stencil, then carefully peel off the stencil, move to the left and line up the stencil to a point that was already painted.
5. Move your stencil and keep dabbing until the riser is completely stenciled.
6. When the paint is dry, touch up your design with a small paint brush.
7. Cover the risers only with polyurethane to protect the stencil. Polyurethane on the treads can make your stairs really slippery.
Now take lots of pictures of your beautiful stairs and send me the link to your blog!
Free stencil pattern.