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Sunset on The Stairway

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Sunset on The Stairway
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Sunset on The Stairway

designed by Lisa Innes

Light up a staircase with a sunset design painted with Americana DecorĀ® Chalky Finish.

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Cherish (ADC31)
  • Delicate (ADC11)
  • Escape (ADC20)
  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Serene (ADC18)
  • Smitten (ADC08)

Other supplies

  • stylus or pencil
  • sandpaper
  • painter's tape
  • #10 flat brush
  • #0 liner brush
  • construction paper (or similar; large enough for sunset pattern )
  • wood putty
  • damp cloth
  • large flat brush


NOTE: Filling in any holes in the stairs and sanding will allow for a smoother finish.

  1. Clean the stairway with a damp cloth.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Fill in any holes with wood putty; sand. Wipe the stairway surface with a damp cloth. Paint with Everlasting (particularly to make covering any dark colors easier). (See photo for placement.)
    Step 1 Example
  3. Trace the sun (a large half circle) on a piece of construction paper and cut into three strips. Tape them onto the steps.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use Delicate and a #10 flat brush to outline the sun.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use Cherish around the outside of the sun.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Paint the steps above the sun design: graduating from Cherish, to Smitten, to Serene, and finally to Escape, using a large flat brush.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Use a liner brush to alternate thin strokes of Everlasting, Cherish, Delicate, and Smitten to create the sun rays. (Use the same brush without rinsing for this process so that the colors can mix together.)
    Step 6 Example


Keep a damp cloth handy to wipe up any spills or drips.

Most likely the stairway will only need one coat, but if you do two, allow the first coat to dry completely first.