Staircase - mediterranean staircase idea in Tel Aviv

Painted Pattern on Stone Stairs

Mediterranean Staircase, Tel Aviv

The homeowner hated her ugly stone stairs, but wasn't willing to be inconvenienced for weeks by changing them. Painting only took two days.
Staircase - mediterranean staircase idea in Tel Aviv - Houzz

Question About This Photo (1)

amykaye2 wrote:May 16, 2015
  • PRO
    Fine Art & Portraits by Laurel
    5 years ago

    Hi Kaye, These stairs were a very ugly marble/sandstone mix, which is why we painted them. After cleaning them well with TSP, when they were dry, we applied a high quality primer. It was many years ago, I don't know what we used, but you can call manufacturers and ask what will adhere to the surface you're painting. Don't rely on advice at the hardware store; call the manufacturers. The decorative painting was done with acrylic wall paint, because in Israel, floor paint isn't available. You have floor paints in the US, and I'd use them. After the decorative work is done, seal with two coats of varnish. All these layers need time to dry, or your hard work will peel off. At least one day for the primer to dry, unless you're in a high humidity area, then give it more days. The acrylic dries in one day. Each coat of varnish needs a full day to dry. Give your family clean socks to use while this process is going on and try to walk on the stairs as little as possible, until everything is finished. Good luck, Laurel

What Houzz contributors are saying
Becky Harris added this to Overlooked Design Opportunity: Stair RisersOctober 12, 2011

This clever muralist has created a painted runner on the stairs and risers.

What Houzzers are commenting on
Leslie Freels Lloyd added this to llloyd1959's ideasJanuary 31, 2018

Use wall colors.