Painted Striped Front Porch Steps

Painted Striped Front Porch Steps

Paint for front porch steps : $34.70

Paintbrush to paint front porch steps:  $6.97

Frog tape for creating crisp lines:  free swag from Haven



Totally transforming your front porch steps for $41.67 while wearing these:                priceless




I think my favorite thing about my new porch steps is that I went all Genevieve Gorder and painted them wearing giant silver hoop earrings.

Actually…..I think I was one step away from cork wedges and a pair of leopard skinny jeans.

Design Star would have been so proud.



Painted Striped Step Tutorial



Concrete Paint

Frog tape


Measuring tape

Paint brush



Step 1:  Discover Debbie’s blog featuring Debbie and her amazing painted stairs.

Immediately decide that Debbie is one of the premier stair painters on the planet.

E-mail Debbie and ask her all kind of questions about stair painting.

Marvel at her patience and understanding.


Step 2:  Paint steps and porch with base paint.

Wait for it to dry.

Get impatient.

Walk on it before it’s dry.

Touch up and try to curb your impatience by watching the Olympics.



Step 3:  Determine how wide you want your runner to be.

My front steps measure 9′ 9″.

I measured in two feet from each side, which means the entire width of my runner (including the stripe) is 5′ 9″.

I marked the two feet down the side and lined up three pieces of Frog tape.

Debbie used a DVD movie case to measure her stripes.

The girl is brilliant, I tell you.



Step 4:  The best stripe painting tip EVER.

After I taped down three pieces of tape…..I just peeled up the middle piece of tape, leaving a perfectly spaced stripe…..without ever having to measure.

I’m not sure where I read this tip.

If you told me this tip or I read it on your blog… perfectly spaced stripes applaud you.


Or it could have been just the giant silver hoops whispering in my ear.



Step 5:  The second best stripe painting tip EVER.

This tip is straight from Debbie.

She told me to paint a strip of the base coat to seal the edges of the tape.




Step 6:  Peel back the tape.

I did it right away….while the paint was still wet.

Pull it slowly back towards you for a clean crisp edge.



Total front step transformation brought to you by Debbie and a pair of giant silver hoops 🙂


Roeshel, DIY Show Off


PS  My front steps and I want to give a huge shout out to my girl Roeshel from The DIY Show Off on her Frog Tape feature in House Beautiful.

You are an amazing inspiration to so many 🙂


PPS  I am guest posting the best story ever about Christina Aguilara over at Linda’s today!  Stop by and say hello!


PPPS  I am partying this post over at the DIY Show-off Project Parade and  Between Naps On a Porch.


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  1. Oh and they do look fine…elegant…very chic. You must have the best dressed front stairs in town.

  2. I pinned stairs like these a few weeks ago! They’ve been on my mind ever since every time I walk up the back steps to the kitchen. Too bad that’s like item number 4,687 that needs to be done in that back hall. I’ll probably need to paint over all the baby blue that’s on every single surface back there including the crumbling ceiling first… Oh, and we should probably do something about that ceiling too, I guess. 🙂

  3. Now I have to start my week with stripe-painting, silver hoop envy! Love the way they turned out, KariAnne — xo Heidi

  4. Stripes and hoop earnings – a girl is set to take on the world – beautiful- just like you!

  5. This is such a beautiful look. It really adds just the right amount of pop to your stairs. It’s so simple and elegant. Just love it!

  6. OK…so are you saying that all along I just needed to wear a fabulous pair of silver hooped earrings and that would help this DIY challenged person!…Fantastic steps Kari…what a difference some stripes can make….Off to the mall to buy me some fabulous silver hoop earrings!….

  7. Look at you with your fabulous hoop earrings! Love your striped steps! You rock!

  8. They are gorgeous! Your entire front porch is just beautiful… I wish I could keep my front porch looking that good! Usually I have little mud footprints within minutes of cleaning it. 😉

  9. KariAnne I love your steps and I’m sure you looked great doing it too! Beautiful choice of colors

  10. That looks beautiful, Karianne! What a great idea to bring some interest to some outdoor steps! Love the earrings, too. : )

  11. Ooh, they look beautiful! I did that same thing with the tape a few weeks ago when I was painting chevrons, but I have no idea if you read my blog and saw it there :/

  12. While I do like the steps, and I’m a hoop earring gal, (skipping the leopard skinny jeans) what I can’t help but wonder is how long before Front Gate comes calling to make fake snow at YOUR house?


  13. I’m still waiting for pics of you in those leopard skinny jeans! I assume you were rocking the lipstick too?!

    Your stairs are styling – just like their hoop-earringed mama!

  14. Beautiful job, KarriAnne! It looks awesome with the black accents on your porch. I must admit that I’m a little disappointed that you didn’t rock the cork wedges and leopard print skinnies. Next time?

  15. What a elegant touch to the entry of your home! Great job. I’m loving those little planters with those round balls too. Very classy!

  16. Well done! A gracious and lovely entryway is just steps away from being a guest judge on Project Runway’s next challenge…design an outfit for the stylish DIYer. Knowing how to use the accessory wall thoughtfully has never been more important!

  17. Karianne, Great tutorial, I’ve never heard of FrogTape before. I don’t get out much though. Your front entrance, the door, the porch, the flowers beds, and your amazing steps are gorgeous. Only in my dreams. If you have time stop by to see my current backyard. : ‘ ( – : ‘ ) Joyous wishes, and hugs, Linda

  18. Your stairs look great! that was such a great idea to paint the center white like that. It almost looks like a white rug laid out for your guests.

  19. Wow! Karianne! You did an amazing job! Your entire front entry is stunning and knowing you created that beautiful welcoming entrance in styling silver hoop earrings will probably start a new trend. I may have to wear my DIY hoops today too, if it means gorgeous results! And woo hoo! Thanks for the shout out! I’ve been using FrogTape for years and I’m so excited to be a FrogTape spokesperson. It’s truly the best painter’s tape and makes being creative easier! 😉

  20. The first thing I did was share this with this husband. Then I looked and looked and looked some more. I do hate the brown bricks on my house, and this made me double hate them! The pale gray and white accented with black is so elegant. You are a rock-star in your own right — and big hoop earrings are my favorite kind — rarely am I without them.

  21. the front steps look really good!!! I like the subtle color variation

  22. Oh my…they look so wonderful! Very subtle, but such a stand out! I looove them!

  23. Your amazing striped steps are giving my painted on porch rug a serious run for its money! Just gorgeous!



  24. Fabulous look! I am going to copy this if I ever get to my front porch project. It’s number 3102 on my list of things to do… lol

    Enjoy your bangles girl!!


  25. So I’m picturing you in my mind rockin’ the hoop earrings and painting away…but then you brought up the leopard skinny jeans and red lipstick and you went all Peg Bundy in my mind….and I “came all apart”….lol 😉 Love ya girl! Your stairs are gorgeous…but I never doubted they would be. And a big congratulations to our friend Roeshel! Frog Tape couldn’t have a better spokeswoman!


  26. what a great idea – so crisp & classic and yet so fun! awesome!

  27. OOOOO……I had NO idea that one could fall madly in love with STEPS…!!!

  28. Great idea! Love the hoops too! Lipstick and skinny leopard jeans- you rock! Love these subtle crisp stripes! What a great idea to refresh steps! Congrats to Roeshel! She’s great too!

  29. That’s it! I’m getting out my silver hoop earrings because I’ve got some painting to do and CLEARLY they make a difference! Your porch is fabulous…but I knew THAT without even looking! xo

  30. Quite a combo!! The steps look wonderful..What a great idea..

  31. The fact that you got this job done in that BLING… is beyond me! WOW … you really got Game! 😉 I love this idea– sharing on FB you Rockstar you!

  32. You have a seriously beautiful front porch, Karianne…and your new paint job just added to it! And wearing your big hoop earrings…Genevieve WOULD be proud…

  33. Your porch looks awsome! Great job…hoops and all. I must admit…you may or may not see me in 3inch wedges and a can of spray paint out on my side yard putting on “one last coat” before heading off to a summer lunch date…just sayin! DIY does not stand for Dressed in Yucky clothes! 🙂

  34. Kari, this looks great. Ya gotta love that frog tape don’t you? I had a question about the paint. I’m thinking about painting my cheapo wood flooring in my office, and heard porch paint works well for this. What did you use on your steps? Right now, I’m finishing up my foyer but it’s the next thing on my agenda. Do you anything about painting wood floors? Thanks!

  35. WOW WOW WOW! This is gorgeous, subtle and just beautiful my friend!!!!

  36. Ooh, yum! Your steps looks great. I’m mean really great. You are my project queen.♥

  37. Why am I always surprised by you? You think I’d learn by now: When reading one of Kari’s posts, you will be blown away by her talent and by her beautiful home. End of story, no surprise there.

  38. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers :

    I love your painted striped porch steps! Thanks for the tutorial and tips…

  39. And this is precisely why you deserve rock star status in blogland—because you not only do amazing projects, but you look like a million bucks while doing it. I, on the other hand, look more like Vern Yip in sweats while doing home projects. (No offense, Vern.) Pinning and loving, as always.

  40. With hoops on?! Rockstar!!!

  41. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!

    You are so full of awesome ideas!


  42. ewwwwwwww, ahhhhhhhhhh! Such a gorgeous elegant look. I love it. Great job – thanks for the tutorial.

  43. Awesome! Wish I had my new porch steps in so I could paint them!

  44. love this! it looks very chic, karianne:)

  45. I love it! They look so good and classy! Simply gorgeous!

  46. I know what’s been holding me back…it’s the lack of hoop earrings! Stairs look fantastic. Great idea! 🙂

  47. Beautimus!!! So fresh and updated!!

  48. Makes me wish I had some steps to paint! They look gorgeous!

  49. Wow! What a beautiful result!!! I LOVE the way the steps/porch turned out KariAnne! =D

  50. Wow, they look awesome! Yup, there I did it… went and used ‘awesome’ a-gain! Ooops 😉 But they ARE awesome!!! I love the colours, and how crisp the stripes turned out. Great job 🙂 PS – love your hoops, too!!!

  51. So thrilled to see how your stairs turned out . . . and that you can get a little inspiration from me. Wahoo! And that you learned from my mistakes. Whaoo! Oh yea, I think we should be BFFs since we both “talk” with a lot of periods used for pause . . . . . if you know what I mean.

  52. Now I admire a girl who can still looks gorgeous while carrying out DIY. . . you are an inspirartion Karianne. Adore the colour of these steps.

  53. A girl after my own heart there Karianne, I have been known to garden in my oldest, shabbiest clothes whilst wearing pearls ! There’s always a place for fashion when one is working ! lol
    Your stairs look just glorious, I love them. I have been wanting to paint the boards on my front porch for years now but I somehow never quite get there………One day perhaps (there’s always room for procrastination too ! lol)

  54. Love your porch, Karianne! The paint adds a wonderful dimension.

  55. Your front step is beyond gorgeous! I love absolutely everything about it and I’m trying to find a way to make your painted stairs happen on my wooden porch! 😉 Lovely, lovely!

  56. Talk about gorgeous but nothing that surprises me……………………….lol

  57. Your steps look gorgeous! Don’t you love how simple and inexpensive projects make such a huge impact? This is going onmy to-do list, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  58. This is amazing! What an amazing look! I’d love for you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow, every Tuesday. It would be perfect!

  59. Great post & tutorial! Unfortunately this now increases my never-ending To-Do list. So thanks . . . I think 😉

  60. LOVE LOVE LOVE these! They look so good!!! Such a fun way to bring in interest without going all color crazy. Love it!

  61. Linda@Coastal Charm :

    What a charming idea!!! It really adds so much addd charm to a already charmed filled entry.


  62. These are gorgeous, I just had to Pin it!

  63. Karianne – you are so lucky you can rock a big silver hoop! I’ve tried but they just look weird on me!! Drat!!! They look lovely on you as does your new front steps look to the front of your home! Simple transformation for huge impact!

  64. Hi Karianne!

    Your steps look amazing – just like everything else that you create! Your projects and photos just keep getting better and better every time.

    I wanted to let you know that I link to your tip on how to create perfectly spaced stripes without measuring in my newest project post: I hate measuring so this was exactly what I needed to get the job done!

    Thanks again!!!

  65. Thank you soo much for creating this masterpiece of a porch! I have been trying to figure out what to do with my screened in porch and voile I stumbled upon your idea. I absolutly love the black, grey and white. My homes exterior color is a light beige so I think I will use blak, white, and umm, well I will still have to think about that. Anyway thanks soo much for the inspiration , you are Tres Magnifique!!!

    Thanks Again,


  66. I love this and I showed my husband last night. He was a fan and said go buy the paint!!! Now I just have to wait for the weather to clear. They are now calling for snow tonight and the 7 day weather outlook is all rain. I guess this project might be down the line.

  67. Just curious if the paint has held up on the stairs. I love the idea!

  68. I did it in a rust color and WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! I get people starring at my steps wondering if its carpet or paint!!! A man actually pulled over in his truck to take pictures………….I think I’m the envy of my neighborhood, or I’d like to think so………. LOL Thanks for the tip!!! 😉 Mary

  69. P.S. I too though got alittle impatient and pulled the tape too soon………now I have paint on the faux stripe, what’s your best remedy to take the paint off? 🙁