THINGS TO THINK twice ABOUT BEFORE PAINTING
COUNTERTOPS There are a range of DIY kits available for painting countertops, and they’re great for a temporary, low-cost solution—especially if you’re saving for a big renovation. But make sure to follow directions exactly, especially curing time, and stick to the manufacturer guidelines for care and upkeep. Unlike many materials, such as granite, you will not want to cut on these surfaces, and they’ll stain easily.
STAIR TREADS AND FLOORS If your style leans toward worn and rustic, then the wear and tear on painted stair treads and floors may be in step with the rest of your design aesthetic. Before you paint, think dark versus light (dark hides dirt better) and paint type (pick one rated for floors). In addition, a polyurethane coating offers additional protection against foot traffic.