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How do you paint a hall stairs and landing?

Posted by Adrian
January 13th, 2013

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How do you paint a hall stairs and landing?

Painting a hall, stairs and landing for a lot of people is a daunting task and too much for them to tackle themselves, so they call a professional decorator like myself to do it for them. A lot of people will not have the ladder to aid them to reach the tallest part, or the stairs are an awkward shape.

Having the right tools makes it safe and easier to do, safety should always be in your mind when painting and decorating but especially if you are painting and decorating your hall, landing and stairs. Falling off a ladder whilst working on a stairway can be very painful.

Painting a hall, stairs and landing

Painting a hall, landing and stairs is just like painting any other interior room, you start at the top and work down.

So, start with preparing the walls, filling and holes and cracks, then paint the ceiling and coving, if you have any. Paint the picture rail next, if you have one, then emulsion the walls, if you have a dado emulsion down to that, then paint the dado before painting the remaining walls below the dado rail. This will save the newly painted wood work getting splashed with emulsion.

Finally, paint the stair stringers (the bit that goes up each side), the spindles and handrail and skirting boards.

And don’t forget the loft hatch if it’s in the hallway.

Wallpapering a hall, stairs and landing

If you are going to wallpaper your hallway, landing and stairs it is similar to wallpapering and interior room, you do all the preparation first, then you paint the ceiling and coving, then paint any woodwork such as picture rail, dado rail and the the stair stringers, spindles and handrail and also the skirting boards.

Once all the paint is dry, the final job is to wallpaper your hall, landing and stairs.

Useful links

Below is a list of useful links you may find help you when either painting or wallpapering your hallway, stairs and landing.

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Posted in Decorating Tips | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “How do you paint a hall stairs and landing?”

  1. myron parker Says:

    Thank You for providing so much information with the product details. It will help me in painting the skirting of my home. Hopefully , I will get all the things easily used for painiting the skirt boards.

    Date posted : May 4th, 2015 at 2:17 pm
  2. Peter Wakefield Says:

    For the stairs and landing the intro begins with the danger of trying to work from a ladder, which is both dangerous and does not reach the highest part of he stiar walls.
    The advice given is to start at the top. If you are not a professional, could you please advise how you reach the top.
    Thank you.

    Date posted : February 2nd, 2016 at 5:25 pm
  3. Adrian Says:


    The best way for any standard house is to use a ladder, such as a multi way or combi ladder. You can hire these from any good hire shop if you do not have one or if you don’t have a ladder that is long enough. The hire shop can advise how to use their ladder to reach the stairwell.

    Date posted : February 3rd, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  4. Emma Says:

    I am about to paint my stairwell (with a sprayer) and hand finish new pine staircase.
    I intend to paint the stringers and risers white but briwax the newell, handrail, spindles and treads when i come to the stairs would paint or stain first? Thank you.

    Date posted : July 10th, 2023 at 9:59 am
  5. admin Says:

    I would probably paint first, the key is good masking up, and cover everything you aren’t spraying as overspray can travel.

    Date posted : August 3rd, 2023 at 5:00 pm


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