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Casa Quickie: Nonslip Stairs

Thinking back on all the scrapes and bruises I acquired simply from falling down my stairs as an overly energetic kid, I cringe a little. But there was no stopping me, especially on the days (most) when I was late to school. If only my parents had thought to install some sort of no-slip system, I mightn't have been so black and blue. Luckily, I've found the answer to these painful falls, thanks to Martha Stewart.

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By mixing regular paint with fine sand, you can safeguard your home against hazardous slips and falls. First, paint your stairs with regular paint. Then, tape off a striped area where you'll want
to use nonslip paint. Then mix two cups of paint with 3/4 cups of sand (from a craft or hardware store). Paint your stripes, let dry, then paint over it with a coat of regular paint. You probably won't want to use this trick on you foyer stairs, but your back or outdoor stairs will do.


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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 8 years
Point was this is a great idea one we will probably put into play on our stairs. Sorry for the novel.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 8 years
I just fell down the stairs the other day caring my son. I saved him but thought I broke my foot. Turns out it's just a super deep bruise. However on a good note my son has finally stopped asking me to carry him down the stairs (he's 3 1/2). In fact he reminds me of our fall regularly.
Katestr Katestr 8 years
Or go to
Anniina Anniina 8 years
Good idea. I'm afraid I might knock my teeth out some day. rush rush slippery slip bang, ouch.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I should do this! I fell down my stairs a few months ago and broke my wrist. I am so clumsy sometimes.
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