One of the single most amazing feelings in the entire world is actually completely a task you've previously undertaken. And at our house, that alone constitutes a miracle. So for the last few weeks we've been attempting to make miracles happen; starting with the staircase.
Once you've sanded your treads down to the desired "worn-ness", you're ready to move onto the always fun painting portion.
Painting the risers turned out to be quite an undertaking. Silly me assumed that primer wouldn't be necessary seeing as how the risers themselves don't actually get that much in the way of foot traffic. BIG MISTAKE. Not only did it take three coats to cover over the existing stain, but it chips pretty easily as well.
Oh and peels. In tiger stripes. Upon removal of your painters tape.
Moral of the story? Prime first.
After a quick discussion on how to apply the numbers, Justin and I decided on the more permanent approach of paint versus chalk. You'll need a pack of stencils and sponge brushes. (Both of ours came from Hobby Lobby. $4.99 for the stencils and $.99 for a 6 pack of sponge brushes)
Tape your stencil in place on the riser.
Using your sponge brush, pick up a small amount of paint (we used Valspar Honemilk in Flat). Lightly dab off the excess on a spare piece of cardboard and *tap tap tap* against the stencil. Don't worry about being too perfect or filling everything in. You'll want it to look worn and a bit aged.
Remove the stencil and continue on to the next riser until you've finished them all.
To say "We're in love" would be a serious understatement. And I can't wait draw happy little holiday sketches up the stairs!