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A Step Above the Rest: How to Paint Stair Riser Designs

Make sure you’re a step above the rest with the prettiest decor trend: stenciled stairs! Stair risers are stepping up their game and getting noticed with gorgeous patterns and unique designs. Royal Design Studio Stencils is a surefire way to make your stairs stand out and only require paint a little creativity. Click play to watch the DIY tutorial below to learn how to paint your stair risers with stencil designs…


Step 1: Center and secure the stencil design with painter’s tape.

Step 2: Load the stencil brush with paint then offload excess paint onto a paper towel using a circular motion. Offloading is important so that you use minimal paint while stenciling and so paint does not bleed under the stencil.

Step 3: Stencil the border design with a light to medium pressure and circular motion.

Step 4: Remove the stencil. Use the built in registration marks on the stencil to align the stencil across the stair riser.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 2 through 4 until each stair riser is stenciled with a gorgeous design.

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  • What is the best sheen to use for your base paint ?

    Thomas Platt

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