Several years ago, I painted the back stairs (and the second floor hallway) the same color as the trim (Classic Ivory). That was a mistake. It was much cheaper than getting it refinished, and the original carpet was a disaster, but the paint was impossible to keep looking clean.

So today, I scrubbed the back stairs with TSP, and painted them brown. I think the brown is more traditional and shouldn’t show the dirt as easy. As a side note, the TSP did a great job cleaning off the dirt that had been worn into the stairs, but with two boys and two dogs a light-colored floor is just not a good idea.  I’ll eventually repaint the second floor hall, but that is a little bit more involved process (there are two stairs, so painting the back stairs doesn’t impact anyone).

Before and after pictures are below. They do need a second coat, but you can get the idea of how it will look.  I used “Floor and Porch” paint from Sherwin-Williams.  The paint color is “Tea Chest” (SW 6013).

The back stairs before painting. They are extra dirty from having a rainy/muddy weekend with the boys
The back stairs before painting. They are extra dirty from having a rainy/muddy weekend with the boys.
The back stairs after the first coat of paint. The goal was to pick a brown that would go with the green hallway. I'm not sure the picture does the colors justice.
The back stairs after the first coat of paint. The goal was to pick a brown that would go with the green hallway. I’m not sure the picture does the colors justice.

 

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