Builder Grade Stair Update

Upgrading Builder StairsThis is what Kellie and Marc Soileau’s stairs look like today, but not too long ago their house had the affliction seen in thousands and thousands of homes across America. BUILDER GRADE STAIRS!!! Have a look below and you will see what I mean.

Upgrading Builder StairsNow some people like these stairs just fine, but if you want to stand out from the crowd or your style is not quite so traditional the builder grade stair is kind of a downer. So without breaking the bank Kellie and Marc decided to take their stairs up a notch. The first step was to cut the caps off the newel posts for a more streamlined look.

The second step, good old PAINT! Really, what can’t be improved with a can of paint? Luckily the balusters where already white so all the painting that was required was painting the Newel posts white and for added impact the hand rail went black.

This is a job a homeowner with a steady hand and a lot of patience could do themselves but Kellie and Marc called in the professionals on this one. You can see the results have a big impact.Upgrading Builder StairsWant bigger impact? Don’t feel like you have to stop with the railing. The risers and treads look great painted too. You can even paint your own runner.

And if you up for a really big change don’t be afraid to go bold, it’s only paint!


  1. Jeanne Ivern says:

    I am quite proud that I put a red stain, on the railing only, of my builder stairs. But I had not even thought about getting rid of those wooden balls! Hmmmm…

  2. I’m glad they took my suggestion. It looks much better. Nice to see art on the wall too. xo xo

  3. Hi Maggie, Just found your blog this morning. You have beautiful style.

    Were you the designer on this project? Would love to feature it on my blog, if you’re interested. Thanks!

    • Hello Emily, So glad you stopped by (your blog is lovely by the way, adding it to my reader.) The house in the photo’s is actually my sister’s house. I took the photos but can not claim design credit. I do not mind if you use the photos and I am sure she would not mind you sharing the project. I you have questions feel free to e-mail me.

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