My staircase was previously an outdated orange wood tone, as it seems most builders-grade homes are today. It just looked so dirty and cheap (see picture below). I knew I had to stain my stair railing and I wanted to update the staircase without spending a lot of money.
I decided to update the color of the staircase by using Varathane stain with poly in the color Kona Semi-Gloss. The Kona stain matched my Java Scraped Oak Pergo floors perfectly. Aside from that though, it was almost like it took a cheap looking staircase away and gave it an instant upgrade.
For this project I used:
- 1 quart of Varathane stain with poly in the color Kona Semi-Gloss.
- Purdy Natural Bristle Flat 2.5-inch paint brush
- Lots of rags and drop clothes
- Painters tape
STEP 1: Clean Staircase
I first wiped down the staircase with a damp sponge to remove any residue or dust from any areas that were going to be stained. After I wiped the staircase with a damp sponge, I dried the staircase with a towel and placed several drop clothes under the areas that I would be staining. I also, used painters’ tape around the top and bottom of the spindles to achieve a clean line.
STEP 2: Stain Stair Railing
To apply the first coat of stain, I used a Purdy Natural Bristle Flat 2.5-inch paint brush. I lightly applied the stain in the same direction of the grain of the wood.
Just a heads up, the first coat of stain did not look very good, it looked very streaky. I waited about 2 hours in between each coat, and after the 2nd coat the staircase started to look much better.
I used a total of 3 coats to complete the staircase. No need for a topcoat because there is already a topcoat built into this stain. I stained this staircase 3 years ago and it still looks amazing!
- Be sure to wear a mask and open windows as this stain has a very strong odor.
- Also, wear gloves so the stain does not stick to your skin.
- To save money place the brush into a zip lock bag after the first application of stain. The brush will stay damp in the zip lock bag for a few days, so you can reuse the brush.
That’s it. It’s really that’s easy to get rid of a cheap looking staircase for your enjoyment or even potential buyers. Hit me up with any questions below and check our other posts to see how we saved over $8,000 on DIY projects!