Protecting the Stairs Hiding the Scuff Marks

Kevin identified a new issue today. He pointed out that while the stair treads are tile, the risers are just painted, and since the paint we are using is light, the risers will get scuffed and dirty very easily.

He had faced this same issue in his own house, which he addressed by painting the risers in a color and with a method that reduces the visibility of the scuffs.

Scuffed Stair Risers
Scuffed Stair Risers
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Example Painted Stair Risers
Example Painted Stair Risers
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The idea is to use a color similar to the stairs and to paint them with a sponge method that yields a surface that hides some of the imperfections.

He sent along a number of color choices. These were the finalists, chosen for compatibility with the tile color.

Possible Stair Riser Colors
Possible Stair Riser Colors
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We chose the lighter option, on the left.

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