How to Paint Wooden Porch Steps in 4 Easy Steps

It only took me seven years to paint our back steps. Had I known How to Paint Wooden Porch Steps in 4 Easy Steps I would have done it sooner.

This was just one of those things that I had wanted to do, just never got around to doing it. Can you relate? Today I’m sharing with you that painting wooden porch steps is way easier than you might think. 

Doesn’t it make such a big difference? Painting something is the quickest way to turn something from not so pretty into, well hello there!  

Painting my steps went so well, I’ve been running around trying to find something else that might need a fresh coat of paint. I didn’t have to look too far. Our snowblower guy happened to hit a piece of wood framing on the front of our house this past winter, so I’ll be repainting that as well! Let’s get started. 

Do You have to Sand Porch Steps Before Painting

Wooden Steps unpainted

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The answer is short and sweet. Yes, and yes. Sanding or prepping your project is a must. I’m not a big fan of the prepping work because usually I just want to jump in and get ‘er done.

What I’ve learned thru some trials and errors is, it’s totally worth the extra effort.

As you can see, after seven years, my steps needed a power wash, and thorough sanding. 

What Paint to Use 

Let me just say the guys at Lowe’s are great! I love one-stop shopping and they nailed it. (get the pun?)

I also love one and done. The paint I chose was Valspar One-coat Exterior Stain & Sealer. This paint is perfect for decking and outdoor furniture. 

Can of Paint


The Steps after Painting

White Wooden Painted Steps

After letting the first coat dry,(this photo shows 1 coat of paint)  I added a second coat of paint to get the desired look I was going for. 

Favorite Painting Supplies

Side view of wooden steps paintedd white

It’s time to add some color and character to my steps. This is where you get to play. Make your home entrance unique to you, even if it’s the back porch. 

Adding a few pots and lighted bottles makes for an inviting back entryway. I love how festive the twinkle lights look as the sun goes down.

lighted bottles on white steps

Now that my steps are painted, it’s time to have a backyard party!

Painting my steps, literally put a new step in my game. I’m ready to celebrate the 4th with a backyard barbeque. How about you? Do you have any fun plans for the summer? You may also like some Simple Patriotic Patio Decorating for your backyard!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you are inspired to dip your paintbrush in a bucket of paint and create something fun!

XO Susan

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